CDR Salamander

CDR Salamander
National security, maritime challenges, naval issues with a flavoring of other things I find interesting.
Created 28 Dec 2020
  • Diversity Thursday
    14 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 0 1
    After a summer where more and more people’s eyes have been opened to the divisive, sectarian, and even racist nature of Critical Race Theory and have risen in opposition to it and similar race-essenti...
  • Economic Power is Global Power
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Want to get a more wholistic view of what is and what is not worth the investment of strategic effort, sacrifice, and investment? Follow the money. Pondering a great graphic over at USNIBlog. Come by ...
  • Drydocks Matter
    12 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 4 2
    We've spent a long time here and on Midrats discussing the almost criminal neglect of the "unsexy but important" parts of our maritime national security infrastructure by our uniformed and civilian le...
  • Sea Power is American Power - and we are Throwing it Away
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 4
    “Divest to Invest” is the lie a declining power tells itself when temporary leaders decide to shrug the hard work today to enable a more secure tomorrow, in order to have a comfortable and pleasant to...
  • October Natsec Free-For-All - on Midrats
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    From the fleet parked off Long Beach, to the already forgotten Afghanistan, to the particular aspirational desires of the latest 30-year Shipbuilding Plan - and whatever else comes across then quarter...
  • Fullbore Friday
    08 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 4 0
    You were born to immigrant parents. At home you spoke a different language than outside the home. A language that in your adulthood would – by simply speaking it – be a source of hate. You were part o...
  • Diversity Thursday
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    If you think Critical Race Theory in high schools is of questionable utility, then you will love what has come to the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen. With the CNO endorsing one of the most hig...
  • Ships Should Fail to Sail More Often
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    If a nation is at peace where do you draw the line from a risk management point of view if you should meet a scheduled underway period? Where is a good example of when to decide it is just best to sta...
  • Japan Back in the Carrier Game ...
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    This really is an amazing video if you have a historically focused mind. Fresh from her modifications to fly F-35B, the Izumo is bringing the Japanese Navy back in the carrier business again … with so...
  • Fat Leonard II: Electric Boogaloo?
    04 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    Two of the greatest self-inflicted institutional failures of the USN in the last half-century were Tailhook 91 and Fat Leonard. They decimated a generation of leaders and the hard-won service reputati...
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