Lifeblood of the Fleet

Lifeblood of the Fleet

Sunday, January 13, 2019

On Midrats 13 January 2019 - Episode 471: Over the horizon, under the radar, & in your MEZ: ASCM & ASBM

Please join us at 5pm (EST) on 13 January 2019 for Midrats Episode 471: Over the horizon, under the radar, & in your MEZ: ASCM & ASBM
This Sunday we're going to focus on the things of nightmares; Anti-
 Ship Cruise Missiles and Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles with fellow paleo-milblogger SteelJawScribe.


In a wide ranging discussion, for the hour we'll cover ASCM history, Cold War tales, and what present day Russia and Crimea are bringing to the game.

SJS is a retired Navy Captain with multiple operational tours, including command of the VAW-122 Steeljaws, flying the E-2C Hawkeye as a Naval Flight Officer. With over 3500 hrs in type and 525 carrier arrested landings he was a designated Mission Commander, NATOPS and PMCF check flight NFO, a NATOPS qualified NFO copilot and the first CVW strike lead from the VAW community. He also was navigator on the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).

Shore tours included time at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Masters (with honours)in National Security Studies (Russia) and multiple joint penance tours working operational/technical intelligence, collection management and strategy/policy. Following retirement he worked in industry, first in BMD supporting the Missile Defense Agency and then helping establish the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command in Dahlgren VA. As the Navy’s premiere center for all things associated with ballistic and fleet air defense, NAMDC became the IAMD division (Dahlgren) of the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) in 2015, where SJS works today after transitioning to govt work.

An honours graduate of the Naval War College, SJS also teaches 2of 3 JPME-1 courses as a Fleet Seminar Program professor and is a published author. Together with his wife Sharon and their fearless dachshund, Jake, they live in Chancellorsville, VA

If you can't listen at the regular time, you can pick the show up later by clicking here. Or you can also pick the show up later by visiting either our iTunes page or our Stitcher page.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Film: "Admirals in the Making" (1956)



Some background - a study here, reported:
Although service academy graduates have historically attained flag rank at a much higher percentage rate than ROTC and OCS
graduates, the significant shift occurred between 1972 and 1990. In 1972, only about 20% of flag officers were from ROTC and OCS combined, whereas in 1990 over 50% of general/flag officers were from ROTC and OCS commissioning sources. Differences in
career progression between the three main commissioning sources were indistinguishable in the GAO Report.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Saturday Is Old Radio Day: The Cavalcade of America - "Pathfinder of the Seas" (1940)

Matthew Fontaine Maury


On Midrats 6 January 2019 - Episode 470: Ninth Anniversary Midrats Show

Please join us at 5pm EST on 6 January 2019 for Midrats Episode 470: Ninth Anniversary Midrats Show
Nine years of Midrats. 


That’s right, CDR Salamander and Eagle1 have had the pleasure of
talking to you and our guests for nine years.

This Sunday we’re going to have just the two of us on to talk about not just the last nine years, but the general growth of podcasting the last decade. We’ll also review what we have top-of-mind for 2019.

As always on our free-for-all shows, you’re invited to call in or ask questions in the chat room.

Join us!