CDR Salamander

CDR Salamander delves into national security, focusing on maritime and naval challenges, with insights into historical and potential conflicts, defense strategies, and leadership accountability. It critiques military preparedness, strategy, and commitments amid geopolitical tensions, offering perspectives on global naval power dynamics, defense industry issues, and diversity in military priorities.

National Security Maritime and Naval Challenges Military Strategy and Preparedness Leadership and Accountability Geopolitical Tensions Defense Industry and Military Capabilities Diversity and Inclusion in the Military

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1100 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. The author pays tribute to their grandfathers who served in the Navy during WWI.
  2. The post reflects on the American effort in WWI and the importance of humility.
  3. Acknowledgement is given to the author's grandfathers and their fellow servicemen.
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1120 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. Germany is facing a security challenge due to political issues more than industry problems.
  2. Europe struggles to defend against threats with minimal naval power from major Continental European nations.
  3. The lack of military strength in Europe, particularly in Germany, poses significant challenges due to demographic shifts, political disruptions, and economic factors.
1650 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. Large war at sea is inevitable and will have significant costs in terms of lives and resources.
  2. When war erupts, naval and air battles in the Pacific will be intense and potentially overwhelming.
  3. The historical context of war at sea highlights the challenging nature of such conflicts and the need for readiness and action.
1002 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jan 24
  1. USS Arkansas (BB-33) had a remarkable service history through two World Wars with only one casualty.
  2. Arkansas provided important gunfire support during key events like the invasion of Normandy and Operation 'Anvil'.
  3. The pilots of VCS-7, a US Navy Spotter Squadron, transitioned from float planes to flying Supermarine Spitfires during combat operations.
1238 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. The article discusses a submarine mission during World War II targeting a Japanese cruiser.
  2. The crew faced challenges like cramped conditions, faulty equipment, and the risk of being detected by the enemy.
  3. Despite these difficulties, the crew successfully completed the mission, showcasing bravery and teamwork.
1650 implied HN points β€’ 08 Jan 24
  1. The Secretary of Defense's lack of transparency about his serious medical complications caused controversy and confusion among Pentagon officials and congressional leaders.
  2. Important government officials were not notified promptly about the Secretary of Defense's hospitalization, raising concerns about the management of critical information and decision-making during his absence.
  3. There are calls for the Secretary of Defense to resign due to the breach of trust and lack of transparency surrounding his medical condition, highlighting the importance of trust and accountability in leadership positions.
1179 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. The CNO emphasized the importance of understanding the growing strength of the PRC over the years.
  2. Numbers are crucial, and there needs to be a more open conversation about the implications of the evolving naval landscape.
  3. The CNO provided a clear and focused direction while highlighting specific areas of attention.
923 implied HN points β€’ 11 Jan 24
  1. Naval War College emphasizes Gender Studies as part of a broader political project
  2. Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) program is deeply integrated into the curriculum at NWC
  3. The political project initiated in the Obama Administration continues to impact NWC's focus and resource allocation
845 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. The importance of responsibility and trust in wartime scenarios.
  2. The story of the SMS Dresden and its fate during WWI.
  3. Highlighting the decision-making process of a German Commanding Officer during a crucial moment.
511 implied HN points β€’ 14 Jan 24
  1. Serious developments are happening between The Philippines and the Peoples Republic of China in the Western Pacific.
  2. The Philippines is at the center of the main game in the Western Pacific.
  3. Ray Powell, with his extensive experience in the U.S. Air Force, is discussing the ongoing story between these two nations.
1336 implied HN points β€’ 23 May 23
  1. High profile alliance units like SNMG2 are important for refining cooperation and professionalism among nations.
  2. The condition of warships like USS James E. Williams reflects on the nation's Navy and impacts perceptions of health, morale, and respect.
  3. Proper maintenance and stewardship of warships are crucial for representing the nation well and maintaining credibility with allies and competitors.
884 implied HN points β€’ 05 Jul 23
  1. In the past, many underestimated the threat from the People's Republic of China.
  2. It is crucial to address the economic leverage that the PRC holds through legacy bonds.
  3. There is an opportunity for the US to take a tough stance on the defaulted sovereign debt held by American bondholders.
864 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jun 23
  1. Even if you can only go 80% speed, as long as your weapons are good, you can still go
  2. Luck and tactics can play a big part in naval battles
  3. Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's strategy during the Battle of Cape St. George was very successful, earning it the nickname "Trafalgar of the Pacific"
1100 implied HN points β€’ 04 May 23
  1. Largest land war in Europe is happening, China surpassing the US in navy size, and Iran hijacking oil tankers are pressing issues.
  2. Naval War College's focus has shifted away from war to topics like gender and peace, raising questions about its alignment with naval priorities.
  3. The symposium at the Naval War College focused on gender issues, peace, and security, rather than warfighting and maritime challenges.
904 implied HN points β€’ 05 May 23
  1. Character can come from unexpected places
  2. Small actions can make a big impact
  3. Persistence and advocacy can lead to positive outcomes