Sunday, 23 March 2008

RUSI-DEM SubTech 08 Underwater Warfare Conference

Underwater warfare remains a key area for countries to stretch their muscles, especially given the strategic and tactical importance of maintaining superiority in this arena. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) held a conference in January 2008, and the link above contains presentations from the event. A short blurb of the event below
The RUSI-DEM Submarine Technology – or SUBTECH – event, which took place in January 2008, served as an important forum for the international submarine community to come together to discuss issues ranging from why you need submarines, to what you want to do with them, to what capability you want them to have, to how you deliver that capability on time and on budget.
The list of presentations made are below.
  1. Rear Admiral Andrew Matthews CB DGSM – ‘Showing the US the way?’ (click here for speaking notes)
  2. Captain Dickie Baum RN – ‘The Importance of the Underwater Environment’ (click here for video)
  3. Rear Admiral Mark W. Kenny USN – ‘Defeating Counter-Terrorism Threats Ashore, from Under the Sea’
  4. Captain Rick Nicklas USN – ‘US Submarine Acquisition: Enabling Effect in the Underwater Battlespace’
  5. Captain Andre de Wet South African Navy
  6. Commander Delorme FN
  7. Andrew Davies, ASPI – ‘Keeping up with the Neighbours: Submarine Fleets in the Asia-Pacific and Australia’s Response’
  8. Commander Jonas Haggren Royal Swedish Navy
  9. Captain Siegfried Schneider German Navy
  10. Commodore John Gower OBE MNI RN – No Powerpoint Presentation.
  11. Philip Cooper, QinetiQ – ‘Achieving Value in the Underwater Research Investment’
  12. Chris Trout, BMT – ‘SMEs – the Engine of Innovation’
  13. Dr Norman Friedman – ‘From Lone Wolves to the Centre of the Net: Transforming the Role of Submarines in the Underwater Battlespace’ – No Powerpoint Presentation.
  14. Rear Admiral John B. Padgett III USN (Ret’d) – ‘Using Submarine Attributes, Current and Future, to Enable Future Payloads’
  15. Dr Paul Gosling, Thales Naval UK – ‘Industrial Capabilities and COTS Opportunities in Mine Counter Measures, Underwater Unmanned Vehicles and Open System Architectures’
  16. Mr E. Grant Corcoran, Lockheed Martin – ‘Cost Effective Provision of Capability through COTS/OA’
  17. Dr Dennis Gilbert, Babcock Marine
  18. Murray Easton CBE, BAE Systems
  19. Steve Ludlam, Rolls-Royce
  20. Dr. Lee Willett - Submarines in British Defence Policy: Making the Case?

Radio interference in Iraq hampers US UAV operations


A story that highlights a common problem; issues that occur in the field that were not anticipated during the conception stage. In any case, this type of radio interference issue will very likely become more and more common as radios are being filtered down right to the individual soldier.

Friday, 14 March 2008

Tanks support Infantry in attack training

Army - News

A news story on a combined arms live-fire exercise. Good to see live-fire being used, especially the artillery barrages. Soldiers often have too few chances for such training exercises.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

US Mid-East commander steps down

BBC NEWS | Middle East |
One word.


This story resonates with opswarfare, which recently quit his job. Also, it highlights the issues with trying to change the system while being in it.

It is very brave for a soldier to say no to war.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

EU vehicle strays into Sudan, force member missing

The EUFOR peace-keeping mission has begun on a bad note. opswarfare was monitoring the mission with interest, due to the closeness of the mission to neighbouring Sudan, specifically the region of Darfur. It was also potentially a confusing operation, with French troops serving under the mission and also on their own.

And now, one soldier from EUFOR is missing after straying into Sudan. Beyond the obvious issue of ensuring the safety of that soldier, the political fallout could be significant.

Postscript (8th March 2008)
The missing soldier has been found dead, and is a member of the French special forces. RIP.