In Tartu Estonia, there is a building on the main square, constructed on an uncertain foundation that leans precipitously. The locals call it the “Leaning House” or the “Pisa Building.” Ironically, it leans to the west, appearing something like a hunting hound straining at the leash to be loosed to run after its quarry. In this case, though, complex histories, and Russia, are the leash.
James Schlesinger was at once a lifelong Washington creature and a man who rose above politics, achieving the heights of power in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Read More
NATO has selected former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its next secretary general. Read More
The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday. Read More
The Navy will hold a formal decommissioning ceremony for USS Miami (SSN-755), the Los Angeles-class attack boat (SSN-688) that was damaged by arson in 2012. Read More
James Schlesinger — the former head of the Pentagon, the CIA and the first Secretary of Energy — died on Thursday. Read More
A Portsmouth, Va. truck driver with no formal access to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. has been identified by NCIS as the probable shooter of a sailor who died Monday onboard USS Mahan (DDG-72), raising questions of naval installation security at Norfolk and other naval bases.
The Navy will likely need five more years of funding above its base budget to send ships through dry dock to overcome years of deferred maintenance, and the Marine Corps’ needs two or three years of additional funding to reset its equipment, senior sea service officers told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee on Thursday. Read More
A constellation of twenty former U.S. Marine Corps generals — including a former commandant —wrote Congress to “highlight concerns,” on the health of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious forces and are throwing their support behind extending the San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship hull form beyond the Navy’s current plan of 11 ships.
The following is a March 25, 2014 letter addressed to members of Congress signed by 20 retired Marine generals advocating for more amphibious warships calling the current Navy funding for the ships “inadequate” to meet U.S. strategic goals. Read More