The Navy and Marine Corps are calling on those running wargames, from the smallest unit exercises to the largest international ones, such as Rim of the Pacific 2014, above, to do a better job recording and sharing their lessons learned. US Navy photo.
Well before Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued a recent memo on wargaming, the Navy and Marine Corps did plenty of it. Experiments take place at all levels, from squads to Marine Expeditionary Units to Carrier Strike Groups – and in field experiments all the way up to international exercises.
But a line in Mabus’ wargaming memo may change the way the Navy and Marine Corps learn from these experiments: the memo directs the services to “establish a mechanism to share actionable insights from wargames across the department, with a particular focus on cross-event and longitudinal analysis.” Read More
The following is a Nov. 5, 2014 memo from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and U.S. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno to then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the need for a Defense Department ballistic missile defense strategy. Read More
The following is the Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) 2014 annual report. It was released on Jan. 20, 2015. Read More
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leads ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Pentagon has dropped the controversial name Air Sea Battle for its concept to defeat modern anti-access weapons and folded the accompanying Air Sea Battle Office (ASBO) into the Department of Defense’s Joint Staff, according to a Jan. 8, 2015 memo obtained by USNI News. Read More
The following is a Jan. 8, 2015 memo from Air Force Lt. Gen. David Goldfein, the Pentagon’s joint staff director, announcing the creation of the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons (JAM-GC). The new effort, previously known as Air Sea Battle, will be over seen by the Pentagon’s J-7 directorate. Read More
General John Campbell, commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Dec. 28, 2014. via Reuters
All Americans remember where they were when they learned about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but few Americans noticed—and fewer seemed to care—when Gen. John Campbell rolled up the International Security Afghanistan Force (ISAF) battle flag on Dec. 28. That ceremonial act officially and symbolically ended the ISAF combat mission in Afghanistan. Read More
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, salute a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo
From the Nov. 20, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom:
This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military casualties in the active missions Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR, Iraq and Syria) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan), as well as operations that have ended, Operation New Dawn (OND, Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq). This report includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, evacuations, and the demographics of casualties. Some of these statistics are publicly available at the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) website and others have been obtained through contact with experts at DoD. Read More
If the Pentagon does not receive financial help from Congress relatively quickly, the department will be compelled to cut modernization spending even further and eliminate infrastructure, the Defense Department’s number two civilian said on Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Read More
The following are selections from the U.S. Naval Institute series American’s at War — personal stories of notable American veterans.
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On September 20, 2011 – the U. S. military did away with the policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and began allowing gay and lesbian military people to serve without having to hide their sexual orientation. Read More