Merchant vessel Golden Nori transits under the escort of the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) following its release from Somalia-based pirates Dec. 12. Pirates seized the Panamanian-flagged vessel Oct. 28 and held the 23-man crew hostage in Somali territorial waters. The release marks the first time in more than a year that no ships are held by Somali pirates. Whidbey Island is deployed to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Joe Donahue
David Axe, War Is Boring: Is the U.S. Navy Too Small to Protect Convoys?
Don’t panic quite yet
The U.S. military’s top sealift officials are worried that, in a war with Russia or China, the U.S. Navy might not have enough warships to escort vital supply convoys from the United States to war zones in Europe or Asia.
Those fears might be overblown. Regardless, the Navy is moving to acquire a new fleet of frigates whose missions include convoy-escort.
Mark Buzby, a retired rear admiral who now leads the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, has been vocal about what he claimed is a dangerous shortage of escorts. The Maritime Administration oversees America’s roughly 12,000 professional mariners, who crew — among other vessels — the 61 sealift and logistics ships belonging to Military Sealift Command.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs –October 17, 2018
Eighty Percent of F-35s Returned to Flight Following Inspections — Air Force Magazine
Air Force confirms California guardsman killed in fighter crash in Ukraine — Stars and Stripes
Navy Super Hornet Catches Fire During Training Flight — Military.com
US Army will test 50 kw lasers on Strykers and 100 kw lasers in 2021 — Next Big Future
Soldiers to Get Advanced Virtual Training Tools Next Year, Army Says — Defense Tech/Military.com
Pentagon’s $2B Gamble on Artificial Intelligence — Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner
Russia’s Strategy, ISIS’ Future & Countering China: CJCS Dunford Speaks — Breaking Defense
NATO’s Super Strange Plan to Hunt Russia’s Submarines: Bomb Them with Magnets? — National Interest
Bulgaria to join NATO Mission Iraq — Xinhua
China’s Moon Missions Could Threaten US Satellites: Pentagon — Patrick Tucker, Defense One
Can America’s Military Match China’s Hypersonic Weapons? — Zachary Keck, National Interest
The 5 Most Dangerous Military Rifles on Planet Earth — Kyle Mizokami, National Interest
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