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PMC For Now

Well, something broke, unsolicited of course and so now I get to roll up my sleeves and delve (once again) into the dark art of php.   In the meantime, I at least got a partial mission capable (PMC) bird back up and on the line (any one with more than a passing acquaintance with Naval Aviation Maintenance will appreciate what that means).  Hang on — we’re working it…all the while repeating, code is poetry, code is poetry, code is poetry (NOT).

UPDATE: Well, something was seriously busted and buried in the old theme code – so trying another.  Still a work in progress but looking for comments/critiques along the way…

SITREP: 17/2137L Nov 2011


Let’s Talk Integrated Air and Missile Defense

Come join us this Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 @ 1700 EDT as we talk about a variety of topics under that subject line via ‘Phib’s and Eagle1’s invitation to discuss the same on this week’s edition of blog talk radio. What will we discuss?  It’s a pretty wide-open field, covering such topics as the threat posed by cruise missile proliferation, BMD, the near-term arrival of the E-2D (and somewhat later arrival of the F-35C), to name but a few.

Here’s the link for tomorrow’s broadcast:

See you then!

New Format

Trying to get something that presents a clean look, loads fast and provides quick access to more content.

Thoughts? Comments?  Brickbats?

Update – We Have News

Admittedly, there has been a bit of light posting around here of late – but with good cause.  With the new year we shifted location and jobs, moving from the purple world back to Navy blue and gold.  Still very much involved in the operational world and much more analytical work, but from a different perspective.  That and a much longer daily commute though have served to lessen the available hours during the week for writing.

About that writing – the project I was involved with last year is reaching fruition in March, via Stanford University Press.  Securing Freedom in the Global Commons is the title and I wrote one of the chapters:

Securing Freedom in the Global Commons

Scott Jasper

Forthcoming: Paperback available in March

Buy this book

Preliminary Table of Contents

The new millennium has brought with it an ever-expanding range of threats to global security: from cyber attacks to blue-water piracy to provocative missile tests. Now, more than ever then, national security and prosperity depend on the safekeeping of a global system of mutually supporting networks of commerce, communication, and governance. The global commons—outer space, international waters, international airspace, and cyberspace—are assets outside of national jurisdiction that serve as essential conduits for these networks, facilitating the free flow of trade, finance, information, people, and technology. These commons also comprise much of the international security environment, enabling the physical and virtual movement and operations of allied forces. Securing freedom of use of the global commons is therefore fundamental to safeguarding the global system.

The book is written for security professionals, policy makers, policy analysts, military officers in professional military education programs, students of security studies and international relations, and anyone wishing to understand the challenges we face to our use of the global commons.

The really good news is that this project is going to dramatically expand in the coming year, with more writing and other responsibilities — in other words, whole new avenues have and are opening up in ways not imagined even a year ago.  And yes, there is also a novel underway as well as other venues too.

All of which, of course, will also impact  free time for posting.  Yet it remains a target rich environment, so to speak, and I have no intention of stepping away from here either.  There had been some consideration about short posting – two or three lines and a link or two, to keep the daily count up, but that runs counter to the original intent of honing writing skills with thoughtful, meaningful posts that offer insight and understanding on critical subjects as well as historical perspective.

So, to our vast readership of five or so, fret not, the posts will continue in the coming year, albeit on something less than a daily basis.

And watch this space for more developments…

Echoes of a Loss

“Two days after she learned that a roadside bomb had blown up her husband’s Humvee in Afghanistan, Dena Yllescas began typing her first blog post for family in Nebraska.  Her daughters — ages 7 years and 9 months — were asleep. Friends, who had rushed over with casseroles and cigarettes, had gone home. The 29-year-old Army wife sat at a laptop computer in her kitchen in Texas and described how her hands had shaken as she listened to an Army captain catalogue her husband’s injuries over the phone. “I just wanted him to quit talking,” she wrote in the predawn hours of Oct. 31, 2008.”

It’s in today’s Washington Post.  Yes, that Washington Post…  Full story here — you really do need to read it.

Admin notes

Just a quick note about a new feature – Table of Contents.  On more than one occasion I know I have used a category search to find a particular post, only to have to wade through pages of hits. Well, this nifty new plugin for WP blogs generates a table of contents by Category type on a single, scrollable page:


Now you can just hit the “Table of Contents” tab at the top of the page, and scroll down to say, Flightdeck Friday to find that post you’ve been looking for on remembering the S-3 Viking:


And. . .We’re Back

*Finally*  After almost five weeks of “interfacing” with two (almost three) different internet service providers, untold numbers of hours on the phone with incompetent technicians and unhelpful customer “service” reps (don’t even get me started with the ‘survey’ requirements), we are finally back online and no longer wifi whoring a few minutes at a time at the various public establishments offering ‘free’ wifi service.  So what’s it been like on this end?  Kind of like:


. . .yeah, that pretty well hits the mark.

So, coming up – we have two posts from guest writers CINCLAX and URR as part of the Solomon Islands Campaign project, taking us back to the land side of the fight; a recap of our trip to Philly for the commissioning of the newest Burke-class DDG; a reprise of the release of the maritime strategy released two years ago this week — and some questions about its impact; and a replay of an interview with a noted Navy ace.

All coming up in the next few days as we catch up on lost time — Launch ’em!



If ‘Code is Poetry’…


This is some butt-ugly free verse we’re up to our elbows in…

We “updated” to WordPress 2.7 and, of course, not everything is working (over in the sidebar, admin page, etc), so bear with us – we’re working it


  If you have “WP Automatic Upgrade” installed as one of your plugins, deactivate it.  That should do the trick.

Announcements, announcements…

As promised we have a couple of announcements that will impact the frequency of posts here over the coming year.

Naval Institute Blog:  We were asked to join a panel consisting of several other bloggers – some we knew and served with on active duty, others from milblogs and other venues since, that will be posting at a new, maritime-centric blog over at the Naval Institute.  Naturally we said ‘yes’ you’ll find the blog here.

Book project: We have also joined a multi-author effort for a text tentatively titled “Securing Freedom in the Global Commons.”  Our part is to write the chapter on missile defense.  More details will follow as possible, but there is an aggressive writing schedule that, perforce,  will co-opt more of our time.  Additionally, we may have to scale back our postings on missile defense during that effort to avoid any  potential conflicts of interest; we’ll see.  The prospect is exciting and hopefully will inform our individual effort on a much more ambitious project we’ve been examining these last few months.

So what, dear reader, might you expect as a result?  While frequency of posts may drop some (say every other day vice every day), we’ll keep up the regular features (Flightdeck Fridays, Reflections, the MIA return series, etc.) and most assuredly will keep up the drumbeat on the maritime strategy and NOC (whenever it is finally released).  In fact, the intent on the Naval Institute blog is to follow the model of milblogs — short, to the point articles that will, when necessary, wrap back to here for extended analyses and discussion, exactly the sort of CONOPS the MarStrat and NOC, for example, require.

Welcome USNI Blog Visitors

If you’ve arrived from the USNI Blog (or not…), welcome and please take some time to look around.  At the top you’ll find some of the major topics we cover here — Flightdeck Friday, which focuses on the lesser known aspects of all matters related to naval aviation, Reflections – which is an ongoing recollection of a flying and naval career, 9/11 Remembered – memories of that day and shipmates lost in the attack on the Pentagon.  Scroll down the right margin for a tags list, search function and more.  Welcome aboard and hope to see more of you! – SJS