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James R. Holmes
James R. Holmes

He is co-author of Red Star over the Pacific, an Atlantic Monthly Best Foreign Affairs Book for 2010 and a former US Navy surface warfare officer.

The views voiced here are his alone.

How to Reform Naval Education
November 01, 2014
How to Reform Naval Education
Require entry-level officers to learn what they need to know — while also allowing them to indulge their interests.
How to Reform Naval Education
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
October 30, 2014
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
The U.S. Navy's post-Cold War holiday from history is drawing to a close—if it hasn’t expired already.
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
Relax, China's Aircraft Carrier Is Fine
October 25, 2014
Relax, China's Aircraft Carrier Is Fine
Reports of Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning’s death are greatly exaggerated.
Relax, China's Aircraft Carrier Is Fine
How Seapower Can Win Hearts and Minds
October 22, 2014
How Seapower Can Win Hearts and Minds
Like American politicians, the U.S. Navy needs to woo the American electorate to retain public support.
How Seapower Can Win Hearts and Minds
The US Can't Outsource Warfighting
October 17, 2014
The US Can't Outsource Warfighting
Offshore powers have long tried to get continental powers to fight their wars. It's rarely worked.
The US Can't Outsource Warfighting
US Turns A2/AD Guns on China?
October 16, 2014
US Turns A2/AD Guns on China?
Implements of land-based access denial are available. The US should seize it.
US Turns A2/AD Guns on China?
China's Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia
October 16, 2014
China's Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia
The PLA already contests maritime Asia with the United States.
China's Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia
'Shock and Awe' the Islamic State
October 11, 2014
'Shock and Awe' the Islamic State
The air campaign against the Islamic State needs to concentrate firepower in time.
'Shock and Awe' the Islamic State
What Air Power Can and Cannot Accomplish
October 07, 2014
What Air Power Can and Cannot Accomplish
The war against ISIS can't be won from the air, but air forces can keep IS from winning.
What Air Power Can and Cannot Accomplish
Aerial Refueling: Air Power's Kryptonite
October 03, 2014
Aerial Refueling: Air Power's Kryptonite
For A2/AD against the U.S. Air Force, all the PLA has to do is attack its tanker aircraft.
Aerial Refueling: Air Power's Kryptonite
3 Lessons From Saratoga
September 26, 2014
3 Lessons From Saratoga
The Naval Diplomat's guide to the Battle of Saratoga.
3 Lessons From Saratoga
3 Ways China Could Respond to UNCLOS Ruling
September 25, 2014
3 Ways China Could Respond to UNCLOS Ruling
How will China respond to the UNCLOS ruling in the Philippines tribunal case?
3 Ways China Could Respond to UNCLOS Ruling
Can America Save the World Order?
September 21, 2014
Can America Save the World Order?
Kissinger says the current world order is under threat. To rebuild it the US must first rebuild itself.
Can America Save the World Order?
Dispatch From Hawaii
September 18, 2014
Dispatch From Hawaii
The Naval Diplomat explores how to lie with art and Hawaii’s lessons for the U.S. today.
Dispatch From Hawaii
In Iraq, Beware of Destruction Without Control
September 12, 2014
In Iraq, Beware of Destruction Without Control
So long as man lives on land, there's only so much air power can accomplish.
In Iraq, Beware of Destruction Without Control
A Clausewitzian View of NATO
September 10, 2014
A Clausewitzian View of NATO
Allies won't help defend nations that refuse to defend themselves.
A Clausewitzian View of NATO
Why We Must Defend UNCLOS
September 06, 2014
Why We Must Defend UNCLOS
Only by defending constitutions, laws and treaties are the only way for them to have meaning.
Why We Must Defend UNCLOS
China’s War on Maritime Law
September 04, 2014
China’s War on Maritime Law
China is using language to quietly redefine international maritime law.
China’s War on Maritime Law
Setting Naval Priorities
August 30, 2014
Setting Naval Priorities
The Naval Diplomat on the USS Saratoga, China's rogue pilots and setting naval priorities.
Setting Naval Priorities
Exposing China’s Provocations
August 28, 2014
Exposing China’s Provocations
U.S. and allied forces should film Chinese assertiveness and let the whole world see it firsthand.
Exposing China’s Provocations
Ulysses S. Grant’s East China Sea Diplomacy
August 09, 2014
Ulysses S. Grant’s East China Sea Diplomacy
While on a post-presidential trip to Asia, General Grant mediated Sino-Japanese talks over the Ryukyu Islands.
Ulysses S. Grant’s East China Sea Diplomacy
Why the Cowpens Saga Matters
August 07, 2014
Why the Cowpens Saga Matters
The Cowpens story is not only bizarre. It also undercuts the fleet's reputation, which undercuts its political utility.
Why the Cowpens Saga Matters
How the Coast Guard Evacuated Southern Manhattan on 9/11
August 01, 2014
How the Coast Guard Evacuated Southern Manhattan on 9/11
On 9/11, the U.S. Coast Guard evacuated nearly 500,000 people from Battery Park in southern Manhattan.
How the Coast Guard Evacuated Southern Manhattan on 9/11
The Naval Diplomat Turns 2
July 28, 2014
The Naval Diplomat Turns 2
Today marks the 2nd anniversary since the Naval Diplomat flung out an "opening salvo" to announce the arrival of these pixels.
The Naval Diplomat Turns 2
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