Category Archives: Sea Control

Main podcast series of CIMSEC. Hosted by CIMSEC President, Matthew Hipple.

Real Time Strategy 2 – HALO


The RTS crew discusses HALO – everything from the technology to whether or not Master Chief receives a military housing allowance.

“Real Time Strategy,” is a discussion on the lessons and non-lessons of the simulations we use to both learn and entertain in the realm of military strategy, tactics, and history.


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Sea Control 101 – Falklands 10 – 21 Days to take a Squadron to War

If you wish to know how to raise a modern combat squadron from nothing to combat ready in 21 Days you need look know further, Cdr Tim Gedge RN accomplished in 1982 when he raised a 809 squadron not once, but twice!
The first time was during the Falklands War itself, and the second time was afterwards to enable the relief of Invincible; the RN could not have found a better, more experience leader for the task – before 1982 he had already bought the first Sea Harrier squadron, 801, into service… and in a career that included flying four different jet types (including the ethereally stunning Sea Vixens) as well as extensive work as an Air Warfare Instructor – or Top Gun in US speak.
Cdr Gedge of course took his squadron to war on the Atlantic Conveyor, before splitting it and flying from both HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible; enough to give a unique perspective on the course of the conflict in any book. However, for the last days of the war rather than command his squadron, he was sent ashore to support and co-ordinate the crucial air support required to allow the land forces to achieve their necessary victories to end the campaign.
This though is all just a taster of what is explained so eloquently in his own words, I hope you the listeners enjoy this podcast and find it useful; it was as ever a sincere pleasure to record – and please look out for more of the series to follow.
ps. if anyone knows any Commonwealth or American Korean War veterans who might be interested in taking part in a podcast series on that war, please do get in touch.
Music: Sam LaGrone
Production: Alex Clarke

Sea Control 100 – South China Sea Freedom of Navigation

seacontrol2Many questions have arisen about the USS LASSEN Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) that occured at Subi Reef on Oct 27. Last week, we discussed those issues, the South China Sea, and future FONOPS with Timothy Choi, author of “Why the US Navy’s First South China Sea FONOP Wasn’t a FONOP” and Ankit Panda, Editor at the Diplomat.

DOWNLOAD: South China Sea Freedom of Navigation

Sea Control 99 – The Politics of Basing

seacontrol2Professor Geoffrey Gresh, Associate Professor at the United States National Defense University, joins Matthew Merighi of Sea Control North America to talk about his new book Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing (Stanford University Press). In this episode, Geoffrey and Matthew talk about the issues surrounding US basing in the Persian Gulf, the role of history in analyzing contemporary policy challenges, and the tensions in Gulf States’ domestic politics between managing internal and external security threats.

The views on the podcast do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the National Defense University.

DOWNLOAD: The Politics of Basing

Music: Sam LaGrone

Production: Matt Merighi