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An armored vehicle goes patrolling for mines with a U.S. military convoy in Northern Syria, March 31, 2018.

Hussein Malla (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Proceedings - U.S. Naval Institute

The Other Mine Warfare

| July 01, 2018

Ask almost any U.S. Navy officer about mine warfare and the reply most likely will center on efforts to recapitalize the service’s surface and airborne mine countermeasures capabilities. It would be unusual to receive a response that has anything to do with the actual use of maritime mines by the United States or friendly nations.

The Navy’s response has been to dedicate additional resources and intellectual firepower to countermine warfare in an effort to preserve its freedom of maneuver. However, the service has overlooked the other half of the lesson: mines are a cheap and disruptive weapon in naval warfare.

A man and his son look out across the sea at the USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, March 18, 2014.

Bullit Marquez

Analysis & Opinions - Proceedings - U.S. Naval Institute

Safety Is a Matter of Principles

| Feb. 01, 2018

The recent unfortunate string of accidents in Seventh Fleet, including two serious collisions costing 17 Sailors their lives, has drawn fresh attention to operational safety. A blizzard of commentary has focused on possible causal factors, ranging from the demise of the Surface Warfare Officers School Basic Division Officer Course to overworked Sailors to decreases in readiness funding. While each of these factors may intersect the problem, none is dispositive as a single cause. Indeed, it often seems as though the commentary reflects a long-held axe to grind, or something that is politically expedient.

Photo of James, Jonathan, and Mary Winnefeld on the University of Denver campus.

Courtesy of James Winnefeld

Analysis & Opinions - The Atlantic

No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic

| Nov. 29, 2017

The last photograph of my son Jonathan was taken at the end of a new-student barbecue on the campus green at the University of Denver. It was one of those bittersweet transitional moments. We were feeling the combination of apprehension and optimism that every parent feels when dropping a kid off at college for the first time, amplified by the fact that we were coming off a rocky 16 months with our son.

A person begins to type on a laptop keyboard in North Andover, MA, June 19, 2017.

Elise Amendola (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Business Review

Cybersecurity's Human Factor: Lessons From the Pentagon

| Sep. 01, 2017

The vast majority of companies are more exposed to cyberattacks than they have to be. To close the gaps in their security, CEOs can take a cue from the U.S. military. Once a vulnerable IT colossus, it is becoming an adroit operator of well-defended networks. Today the military can detect and remedy intrusions within hours, if not minutes.

One key lesson of the military’s experience is that while technical upgrades are important, minimizing human error is even more crucial. Mistakes by network administrators and users—failures to patch vulnerabilities in legacy systems, misconfigured settings, violations of standard procedures—open the door to the overwhelming majority of successful attacks.

A lieutenant opens a blast door at a U.S. ICBM launch control facility.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Analysis & Opinions - Fortune

Former Commander: Here’s What Happens When the President Orders a Nuclear Strike

| August 11, 2017

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen quickly this week on the heels of another long-range missile test, combined with public revelations that the Kim Jong-un regime may have miniaturized a nuclear weapon that can be mated to such a missile. If the North Koreans have also managed to solve the other significant challenges associated with a viable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)—which is not at all certain—then they will have achieved an embryonic operational capability.

In this Thursday, June 21, 2007 file photo, an F-16 Falcon takes off from Balad Air Base, 50 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo, File)

AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo, File

Analysis & Opinions - The Cipher Brief

U.S. Downing of Syrian Warplane: A “Canary in the Coal Mine”

| June 22, 2017

As U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Russia-backed Syrian government forces come ever closer to overlap in Raqqa Province and Deir al Zour, The Cipher Brief’s Leone Lakhani spoke with Admiral James ‘Sandy’ Winnefeld – former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – about what this means for U.S.-Russian relations in the Syrian conflict.

A Russian nuclear submarine test-fires several Bulava missiles from the White Sea, May 24, 2018.

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Proceedings - U.S. Naval Institute

Bring Back the Nuclear Tomahawks

| May 01, 2017

The West has been frustrated since 2012 over Russia’s decision to violate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile. The treaty, which eliminated nearly 2,700 missiles on both sides, prohibits production or flight test of any such missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. According to public reports, the Russians now have gone beyond testing and deployed the missile, further violating the treaty.

It is now time to stop scolding and up the ante. There is no reason for Russia to deploy these missiles. The Russians face no serious threat from west, east, or south—no nation on the planet wants to attack Russia. While diplomacy should not be abandoned, it will have to be backed by the only type of power Russia really understands: principled strength.

An aerial shot of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., October 12, 2018.

Charles Dharapak (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Proceedings - U.S. Naval Institute

Break Out or Fail

| Apr. 01, 2017

I believe we are experiencing a disruption in our national security landscape. If so, the U.S. military, including the Navy, must act with urgency to break out of its current conceptual-technical equilibrium, or we risk failure in a future conflict.