Many 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.
Our cadre of hosts: Matthew Hipple, Natalie Sahmbi, Alex Clarke – and now Matthew Merighi, discuss everything – from China to personal life. This is an update or sorts, or an introduction, for those who haven’t been with us from the beginning, or those who want to know what comes next.
Week Dates: 18-23 Oct 15
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Here at CIMSEC, we often take time to learn from what was, and what might be… but why not delve into the world of what could have been?
What if Athens defeated Syracuse and her allies during the Sicilian expedition? What if Rome had mastered steam? What if the Holy League had lost the Battle of Lepanto against the Ottoman Empire? What if Commodore Perry had been killed after his arrival in Tokyo? What if ADM Makarov caught a break against the Japanese in the Russo-Japanese War? What if a major What if Iran had staged a far more effective war on commerce during the Tanker War? What if China had hit the American carrier during the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis?
Any age of maritime history, any region – we are looking for stories of the battles and borders that never were, the diplomatic accords that never reached the table, and the nations, lives, and ideas that were never born. You can write about the world or the individual lives of those living in it. History is your canvas to revise and we look forward to hearing your stories.
We discuss the Office of Naval Research (ONR’s) James River test of an autonomous swarm of boat drones, or Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV’s). These USV’s were modified version of boats found on most US Navy ships. CAPT Carl Conti (USN, ret) is one of the developers and leaders on this project, and will discuss the history, technology, future, and human interaction of this exciting project.
DOWNLOAD: ONR Autonomous Boat Swarm
Music: Sam LaGrone