Category Archives: Military Personnel

Navigating Ukraine’s Civil War

Navigating Ukraine’s Civil War

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Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.

As summer rolls on, Russian-built anti-aircraft missiles continue to down aircraft over eastern Ukraine. While a great deal of ink has been spilled over exactly what kind of missiles are deployed, and who is giving the launch authorizations and actually launching them, one fact is salient: This is an escalation, intentional or not, that elevates the simmering Ukrainian civil war beyond Donetsk. Read More

Opinion: The Legacy of Adm. William McRaven

Opinion: The Legacy of Adm. William McRaven

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Adm. William H. McRaven, the outgoing U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the audience during the USSOCOM change of commander ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 2011. DoD Photo

Adm. William McRaven, the outgoing U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the audience during the USSOCOM change of commander ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 2011. DoD Photo

Now that Adm. William McRaven has announced his retirement, it is worth looking back at the contributions of perhaps the most influential Navy flag officer since Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz. Read More

China Invited Back for Future RIMPAC Exercises

China Invited Back for Future RIMPAC Exercises

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People's Liberation Army Navy officers with a U.S. officer on a Chinese warship in Hawaii, June 28, 2014. PLA Daily Photo

People’s Liberation Army Navy officers with a U.S. officer on a Chinese warship in Hawaii, June 28, 2014. PLA Daily Photo

This post has been amended to include an additional comment from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have already been invited back for future Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. Read More

Michelle Howard Promoted to Admiral

Michelle Howard Promoted to Admiral

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, promotes Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of Admiral at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s first female nominated to the rank of Admiral received her fourth star in a ceremony at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday morning. Read More

A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy's End of Alcohol at Sea

A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy’s End of Alcohol at Sea

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Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on USS Normandy enjoy a rare beer. With limited exceptions, ships in the US Navy have had no alcohol for a hundred years. US Naval Institute Archives

As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. Read More

Document: Pentagon Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Document: Pentagon Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

 Italian firefighters dressed in chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) suits set up a perimeter of signs around a container suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during a US led exercise in 2004. US Navy Photo

Italian firefighters dressed in chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) suits set up a perimeter of signs around a container suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during a US led exercise in 2004. US Navy Photo

The following is the Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, released on Monday. Read More

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

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ISIS fighters in June.

ISIS fighters in June.

Since the dawn of military aviation, proponents and skeptics of air power have vigorously debated its efficacy, often focusing on whether air power is capable of winning wars by itself. Not surprisingly, this debate is surfacing again as we consider whether and how the United States should be involved in the current crisis in Iraq. Read More