By Mark Thompson, POGO: "Old boys of a certain age can recall “playing war” with small, plastic Army men, vanquishing foes on the plains of Europe or Pacific islands. In those halcyon years following World War II, it seemed to us like American soldiers could do anything, from thwarting enemy bazookas with their bare hands to facing down flamethrowers. We were kids, and knew nothing of reality or the laws of physics. But unlike us, it looks like the Pentagon has never grown up."
Without it, America's ability to project power and defend itself could be severely undermined
By Nick Childs, IISS: "Both the United States and the United Kingdom are rethinking the future roles and posture of their marine forces. As Nick Childs explores, approaches to current challenges in the operating environment could alter how amphibious shipping features in the future fleet mix of their respective navies."
Considering Force Structure Cuts to Marine Infantry
By Walker D. Mills, CIMSEC: "The Marine Corps must change in order to survive. Thankfully, senior leaders in the Marine Corps and the Navy through the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Chief of Naval Operation recognize this imperative and are charting a new course with the Commandant's Planning Guidance (CPG), the new Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept, and the Integrated Force Structure Assessment."
Science, Not Fiction: Modern Batteries for Modern Subs
By Derek Woolner & David Glynne Jones, The Strategist (ASPI): "Historically, the effectiveness of lead–acid submarine batteries has been constrained by their limited performance spectrum. They frequently operate at the extremes of their capacity, suffering performance degradation through the process and hence reduced safety margins."
A War By Other Means?
By Jack Bowers, Strategy Bridge: "What if, just for the sake of argument, we were to reverse Clausewitz’s famous maxim? What if, say, we considered that war is not the continuation of politics by other means, but instead that politics is really the continuation of war? What would this say about war? Or politics?"