Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reform, Readiness and the Navy's Path Ahead, with Dr. James Holmes on Midrats

How is our Navy making progress in adjusting how we man, train, and operate our forces following the series of lessons identified in the wake of 2017's series of mishaps that left ships damaged, reputations destroyed, and 17 Sailors dead?

Sunday from 5-6pm Eastern for the full hour to discuss where we are and the way forward will be returning guest Dr. James Holmes. We will use his recent comments from Asia Times and The National Interest as starting points for a broad ranging conversation.

Dr. Holmes is a professor of strategy and former visiting professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College, where he is the inaugural holder of the J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy. A former U.S. Navy surface-warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, he served as a weapons and engineering officer in the battleship Wisconsin, engineering and firefighting instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and military professor of strategy at the Naval War College. He was the last gunnery officer to fire a battleship’s big guns in anger.

The book he co-authored with Toshi Yoshihara, Red Star over the Pacific, is out in its second edition this fall.

Join us live if you can, but if you miss the show you can always listen to the archive at blogtalkradio or Stitcher

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UPDATE A few recommendations from our guest:
- George Orwell's The Politics of the English Language.
- Edward N. Luttwak's The Political Uses of Sea Power.
This fall, significantly updated 2nd Edition of Red Star Over the Pacific.
You can read two decades of Jim's work at TheNavalDiplomat.

During the course of the show I mentioned Sen. Sasse's discussion with Jonah Goldberg on DoD reform. Go to the 16-min mark here.

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