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I just caught up with an article with that title in the May issue of Proceedings. It is written from the perspective of the United States having lost a war in 2025—which is just seven years from now.
My initial reaction to it was negative. It read to me like a laundry list of complaints, rather than a strategic assessment. It placed a lot of blame outside the Navy. For example, it pointed to the Fat Leonard scandal for having made the Navy lose a lot of experience. But I see that scandal as a symptom of larger problems, rather than as a cause of them. “We did as well as we could with what we were given” is pretty weak tea.
Still, the article is an interesting exercise. And there were little tidbits in it that I liked, like the necessity of realistic combat operations. I don't think anything can prepare someone for the shock of first combat, which is life-changing. But intense training and high unit cohesion can help, as can leaders who prepare their subordinates for the tough decisions.
Also, the article was written by the Pacific Fleet’s director of intelligence, so that gives it additional interest.
NAS Pensacola shooter reportedly hosted a 'dinner party' to watch mass shooting videos the night before the attack
The Saudi military officer who shot and killed 3 people at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday reportedly hosted a "dinner party" the night before the attack "to watch videos of mass shootings," the Associated Press reports, citing an unnamed U.S. official.
The Minnesota National Guard has released the names of the three soldiers killed in Thursday's helicopter crash.
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Joshua Kaleb Watson has been identified as one of the victims of a shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, CBS News reported.
The 23-year-old Alabama native and Naval Academy graduate was named to the Academy's prestigious Commandant's and Dean's lists, and also competed on the rifle team, Alabama's WTVY reported.
The Navy pledged Friday to find ways to upgrade security procedures and prevent future attacks following two shootings and a fatal gate runner incident at naval bases in Virginia, Hawaii and Florida in the last week.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper also announced he is "considering several steps to ensure the security of our military installations and the safety of our service members and their families," although he did not give details.
The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.