Would A Naval Blockade Stop North Korea?

Opinion | Gregory Keeley
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves from a balcony of the Grand People's Study house following a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. Kim saluted as ranks of goose-stepping soldiers followed by tanks and other military hardware paraded in Pyongyang for a show of strength with tensions mounting over his nuclear ambitions. / AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

It may be the only alternative to direct military action.

US Ship Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Vessel After Extremely Close Encounter

National Security | Russ Read
A rigid hull inflatable boat from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) pulls alongside the coastal patrol craft USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) during a trilateral exercise between the U.S., Iraq and Kuwait. The U.S.-Iraq-Kuwait trilateral exercise, the first of its kind, is a quarterly exercise that serves to develop the proficiency of all participating forces to work together in support of regional safety and security. USS Mahan is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. CDR NAVCENT Public Affairs/U.S. Naval Forces Command/U.S. 5th Fleet

The USS Thunderbolt had to fire several bursts from its machine gun

Trump Commissions America's Most Advanced Aircraft Carrier

National Security | Russ Read
The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is docked at Pier 11 of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, June 30, 2017. The ship was undergoing preparations for commissioning July 22, 2017. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is at background right. (Department of Defense photo by Thomas M. Ruyle)

‘Our true strength is our people’

Navy's Latest Aircraft Carrier Will Need $780 Million And Years Of Work To Be Sea Ready

US | Thomas Phippen
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (June 11, 2016) -- Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), into the James River during the ship's Turn Ship evolution. This is a major milestone that brings the country's newest aircraft carrier another step closer to delivery and commissioning later this year. (Photo: U.S. Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Flickr)

‘A significant amount of outstanding construction’

McCain Hopes New Ship Will Be Better Than $13 Billion Boondoggle

National Security | Thomas Phippen
The littoral combat ship USS Independence sails in circles off the coast of San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/Released)

‘I am cautiously optimistic’

Celebrate The Fourth Of July With These Epic Videos From The US Military

US | Russ Read

There’s no better way to get into the patriotic spirit

Former SEAL: Americans Must Unite Against Veteran Suicide This Fourth Of July

US | Russ Read
Over 20,000 March In Veterans Day Parade In New York City

‘Let us show them there is hope’

Congress Has A Plan To Get Ships Deployed Faster: Skip Some Tests

US | Thomas Phippen
Shipbuilding floods Dry Dock 12 to float the first-in-class aircraft carrier, Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford. (Government photo/US Navy/John Whalen)

Canceling some tests could get the ship into service a year earlier

US Military Practices For A Second D-Day Landing

National Security | Russ Read
U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Convoy, prepare to load into assault amphibious vehicles during a beach landing in Ventspils, Latvia, as part of exercise BALTOPS 2017, June 6. BALTOPS is an annual U.S.-led, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO- executed, multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea region designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability among its participants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)

‘They’re scared to death of Russia’

The Navy Wants Planes, Not Just Ships, In Next Year's Budget

Defense | Thomas Phippen
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is shown in this March 2010 file photograph

If there’s any money, the Navy wants more F-35s

Trump's Budget Will Help Get 350 Ship Navy, Even Though It Only Buys One Ship

US | Thomas Phippen
The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Little Rock (LCS 9) is launched into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisc. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo/Released)

‘If it’s a ship and it’s floating today … extend the service life’

Why Trump's Budget Only Called For One New Ship, Despite Campaign Promises

Defense | Thomas Phippen
The littoral combat ship USS Independence sails in circles off the coast of San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/Released)

‘If they don’t grow next year, people should be really disappointed’

US Navy Has Close Encounter With Iran Days Before Key Election

National Security | Russ Read
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 29, 2010) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California. The launch tested the proficiency of the crew as well as the missile's ability to track and destroy targets well over the horizon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall/Released)

This is seventh close encounter this year

Russian Fighter Comes Within 20 Feet Of US Spy Plane

National Security | Russ Read
A Sukhoi SU-34 fighter-bomber with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on board is airborne over the Kubinka airbase outside Moscow, March 28, 2009. Picture taken March 28, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander

Russia claims the fighter made a “greeting maneuver”

Navy Delays Buying More Frigates Until They Know How To Build Them

| Thomas Phippen
The littoral combat ship USS Independence sails in circles off the coast of San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/Released)

‘…ensure designs are mature’

Navy Pilots Resume Flying Jets With Broken Oxygen System

Defense | Thomas Phippen
A T-45C Goshawk assigned to the Eagles of Training Squadron Seven (VT 7) is prepared for launch off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Released)

‘The pilots don’t feel safe flying this aircraft’

The Navy Commanders Who Led The Strike On Syria Got A Call For President Trump

National Security | Russ Read
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 29, 2010) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California. The launch tested the proficiency of the crew as well as the missile's ability to track and destroy targets well over the horizon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall/Released)

‘Congratulations …’

Why Are Navy Pilots Refusing To Fly This Particular Jet?

US | Thomas Phippen
A T-45C Goshawk assigned to the Eagles of Training Squadron Seven (VT 7) is prepared for launch off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Released)

‘The pilots don’t feel safe flying this aircraft’

F-18 Pilots Keep Running Out Of Oxygen During Flight

US | Thomas Phippen
Portuguese Air Force fighter F-16 (L) and Canadian Air Force fighter CF-18 Hornet patrol over Baltics air space, from the Zokniai air base near Siauliai November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

More pilots run out of oxygen during flight every year

Canadian Navy Wants To Use Drone Boats To Stop Iranian Swarm Attacks

World | Russ Read
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) transits in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JS Kirisame (DD 104) and JS Asayuki (DD 132) during bilateral training in South China Sea on April 21, 2015. Courtesy David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

‘It will just hit the water and bounce off’