Wednesday, November 30, 2022
U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report, 26 October 2022 -23 November 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022
Friday, November 25, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
In our hectic lives, is it not a good idea to have a day on which to be thankful for all the blessings you have and to wish for others to have their own good things?
No one is harmed when you are thankful for the new child or grandchild or for friends or the shelter above your head or for a year of life - or for the memories of those who may have left us - leaving us with those rememberances of smiles, words of wisdom and love.
Not only is no one harmed, but your own life is enriched by being thankful for such things.
In short, have a most Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 21, 2022
U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report, 19 October 2022 -16 November 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022
A little pre-WWII nostalgia.
What do you need to know to make sure you have all the right talking points around the Thanksgiving table?
If someone brings up the Navy, China, Ukraine, inflation, or supply chain issues - well, we know Midrats regulars are already up to speed - but now's your opportunity to make sure all your talking points are up to date!
No guests, no set agenda, just open phones, open minds, and open chat room for those who are with us live.
Don't be stuck talking about twitter or Taylor Swift this Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Every election cycle provides a preview of what advocates for national defense and sea power will have on their side - or not on their side - in the next Congress.
New people arrive, experienced people leave, and priorities, agendas, and advocacy will shift change with them.
What can we expect in the next Congress based on changes we see and those national security issues waxing or waning in the mind of legislators and their counterparts in the Executive Branch?
Our guests for the full hour to discuss the implications of this years election in the national security arena, will be Claude Berube and Derek (Dirk) Maurer.
Claude Berube, PhD, is the author of “On Wide Seas: The US Navy in the Jacksonian Era” and several other books. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the defense industry, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. A Commander in the US Navy Reserve, he is currently assigned to a unit with Navy Warfare Development Center. Since 2005 he has taught in the Political Science and History Departments at the US Naval Academy.
Dirk Maurer served as the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Continuity and Mission Assurance and as DASD for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. At the beginning of the Trump administration, he was responsible for overseeing the confirmation of all Senate-confirmed personnel and worked confirmations on the Presidential Transition team. He was DASD for Defense Support and Civil Authorities during the George W. Bush administration
Mr. Maurer has served on multiple Senate committees and in the personal offices of three Senators. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after twenty years. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.