CDR Salamander

CDR Salamander
National security, maritime challenges, naval issues with a flavoring of other things I find interesting.
Created 28 Dec 2020
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  • Russians to the East, North ... and From the South?
    20 Jan 2022about 8 hours ago • < 1 min read • 3 2
    The slow building crisis in Ukraine is reaching a point of critical mass. I think a decision point in coming in mid-Feb. I'm pondering in more detail over at USNIBlog. Come by and give it a read. Leav...
  • By the numbers: the Ukrainian Russian Buildup
    18 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 4 7
    With the growing tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border (and Belorussian while we are at it) when Midrats regular Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg writes something, you need to pay attention. He recently co-aut...
  • DDG(X) Quicklook
    17 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 7 15
    At last week’s SNA, an initial concept for DDG(X) was put up on a slide for all to see; Don’t get too excited though; ...the hull form shown in the concept image is not representative of the ship and ...
  • The Afghanistan Papers, with Craig Whitlock - on Midrats
    16 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 3 1
    Five presidents from both political parties oversaw the two decade debacle in Afghanistan that ended in the national humiliation at the end of August 2021 at the airport in Kabul where we retreated un...
  • Fullbore Friday
    15 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 3 2
    What is duty, duty to yourself, those who work for you, your mission, those who gave you your mission, and the purpose the mission was created? How do you rack and stack these priorities? Once again, ...
  • On the Navy, China, and Taiwan Words Matter - and This Week is a Good Week
    14 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 6 1
    A few quick items of good news where we have some strong messaging coming out. First a report of SECNAV making the right stand against a weak organization; China’s increasingly muscular efforts to iso...
  • Things to Learn from the Winter War?
    12 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 1 4
    Any nation facing the Russians and are facing great odds usually look at two modern wars - the Polish-Soviet War of 1918-1921 and the Winter War of 1939 when plucky Finland held their own against the ...
  • Making LCS Work the Only Way the Critics Said it Could
    11 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 5 1
    Both the Freedom and Independence Class LCS have been - if we are to be polite - suboptimal in both utility and performance. We've documented that for the better part of 17-years and that record is al...
  • Top-5 Blog Posts of 2021
    10 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Thought I would start out this week doing what I forgot to do last week - review the top posts from 2021. I looked over the unique visits at both the OG home at blogspot and the parallel universe over...
  • Jackson's Navy, with Claude Berube - on Midrats
    08 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 2 1
    We're going to kick off our Midrats' 13th year with someone who has been with us from the start, best friend to the show Dr. Claude Berube! If you care about American history in general, and US Navy h...
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