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This is the grave of Stephen Decatur. Born in 1779 in Sinepuxent, Maryland, Decatur grew up in a key naval family of the Early Republic. His father was a Revolutionary War naval officer and also a big merchant captain. When the young boy got whooping cough in 1787, the family decided he would accompany his […]

1916!

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On October 17, 2012

After last week’s VP debate, everybody and her damn brother asked me about the Paul Ryan “Navy is smallest since World War I” line.  And so I decided to devote this week’s Dip

A Quote Doctor?

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In Robert Farley
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On October 5, 2012
John has retreated to the twin bastions of “I’m being misquoted!” [post since revised/removed] and “I was only trying to be provocative!” Of the former: And now I have my own confirmatory example. In my much-denounced post on the utility or otherwise of navies, I argued that, while the US got some benefits from its […]

Pivot Redux

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On June 5, 2012

Yesterday I talked East Asia policy and naval policy on the Alyona Show: The howling toddlers, again, are entirely my fault. Critics should take account of how rare it is to have a discussion of steal

Concerned about its image, the Navy has determined that the War of 1812 is just the thing it needs: Faced with little public understanding of its modern mission, the U.S. Navy is reaching back 200 years to the War of 1812 in the hopes of bolstering its standing with the American people… Polling for the […]

JFK II

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In Robert Farley
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On May 30, 2011
This wouldn’t have been my first choice: John F. Kennedy will have a second aircraft carrier named after him. The Navy announcement came Sunday, on what would have been the president and World War II naval veteran’s 94th birthday. Designated CVN-79, the carrier will be the second in the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers. […]
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