Analysis

XO’s note to all watch-keepers at sea

XO’s note to all watch-keepers at sea

Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikande, IN (Ret’d), formerly the Indian Naval and Defence adviser to Australia and later Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command for the Indian Navy provides some highly relevant advice given the recent USS Fitzgerald and now the USS John McCain tragedies. it was written when Commander Shrikhande was a new Executive Officer for his bridge watchkeepers. It has been revisited recently by IN colleagues in the light of these two USN collisions.

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US strategy: dilemmas of primacy, decline and denial

By Dr Michael Clarke and Anthony Ricketts* What is happening to US grand strategy amid the decline management of the Obama administration and decline denial of those now in the White House? Since President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, there has been a growing perception in the US and abroad that US primacy in the international system is under threat from multiple fronts.

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US naval ship collisions spark cyber fear

US naval ship collisions spark cyber fear


The chief cyber intelligence officer at a Navy lab is suggesting that the spate of collisions between Navy vessels and civilian ships may be the result of a cyber attack.

The suggestion comes as Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

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Leveraging identity activities in the maritime domain

Leveraging identity activities in the maritime domain

By Pete Spahn and Matt McLaughlin*

The US Chief of Navy Operation’s “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” rightly highlights a return to great power competition on the seas and the need for blue water combat power. While this assessment is accurate, it is also a fact that Phase Zero operations continue unabated, as the United States Navy and its partners shape the environment for whatever comes next.

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