Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mug Shot

This is my first trip to the Naval Postgraduate School. The campus is very nice, much nicer than the Naval War College where I made a visit last month. The first priority Monday afternoon was to get my mug, since I intend to be here all week I had to make sure I was getting the best price for beer. Priorities. The picture is very high resolution if you need a better view.

I am here for about two dozen reasons, only one of those reasons I am not allowed to discuss on the blog for the time being.

Because blog content will be inconsistent as I spend most of my time networking, I wanted to leave a very complex thought question to discuss regarding the Chinese anti-ship ballistic missile.

What will be the ramifications of a successful PLA anti-ship ballistic missile demonstration? You can take any approach you want to the answer: regional, political, domestic in China, domestic in the US, or internal to the DoD? It is one thing to say the DoD has noted the development of a weapon in its annual report, but a successful demonstration against a moving target in the South China Sea is going to send shockwaves across the Navy.

I think it will be like Восток-1, except I don't know what the equivalent of Alan Shepard on Freedom 7 a month later will be.

* Yes, that is my non-marked (read: beat to hell from overuse) version of Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat, and you are damn right I'm going to ask for an autograph before I leave. The other book is War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age by Thomas Rid. I'm only a few chapters into it, but it is a lot better than I expected, so far.

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