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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.

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
Why US Allies Shouldn’t Free Ride
July 26, 2014
Why US Allies Shouldn’t Free Ride
Apathy kills in alliance politics. U.S. allies should begin defending themselves if they want America to defend them.
Why US Allies Shouldn’t Free Ride
Lies, Damned Lies and Maps
July 24, 2014
Lies, Damned Lies and Maps
Cartography helps set the parameters within which debates over policy and strategy unfold.
Lies, Damned Lies and Maps
The Elements of US Maritime Strategy
July 17, 2014
The Elements of US Maritime Strategy
An all-encompassing U.S. maritime strategy must include all the armed forces—not just the navy, coast guard and marines.
The Elements of US Maritime Strategy
US Surrenders Naval Logistics Supremacy
July 14, 2014
US Surrenders Naval Logistics Supremacy
Without underway replenishment ships, America’s ability to project power in wartime will shrivel.
US Surrenders Naval Logistics Supremacy
History Wars: Scotland Edition
July 12, 2014
History Wars: Scotland Edition
Scotland’s bid for independence is being driven by primeval motives instead of rational interests.
History Wars: Scotland Edition
America’s War on WMDs
July 08, 2014
America’s War on WMDs
How to think about the fight to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
America’s War on WMDs
The Danger Zone in Naval Arms Races
July 03, 2014
The Danger Zone in Naval Arms Races
China’s naval advantages are wasting assets, giving Beijing ever more reason to seize the initiative.
The Danger Zone in Naval Arms Races
The Closing of the Chinese Mind
June 28, 2014
The Closing of the Chinese Mind
China’s new ideological control measures are a major strategic blunder.
The Closing of the Chinese Mind
In Iraq, ISIS Channels Mao
June 24, 2014
In Iraq, ISIS Channels Mao
Unlike al-Qaeda, ISIS seems to understand Mao Zedong's classic Phase III battlefield struggle.
In Iraq, ISIS Channels Mao
The Nine-Dashed Line Isn’t China’s Monroe Doctrine
June 21, 2014
The Nine-Dashed Line Isn’t China’s Monroe Doctrine
Don’t drink the kool-aid Beijing is peddling. The nine-dashed line is nothing like the Monroe Doctrine.
The Nine-Dashed Line Isn’t China’s Monroe Doctrine
Deterring China = Capability x Resolve x Belief
June 19, 2014
Deterring China = Capability x Resolve x Belief
The U.S. shouldn't unnecessarily antagonize China but it must underscore its capability and resolve to Beijing.
Deterring China = Capability x Resolve x Belief
Strategy 101: Know Thy Enemy, Know Thy Self
June 14, 2014
Strategy 101: Know Thy Enemy, Know Thy Self
Isoroku Yamamoto and Admiral Chester Nimitz's strategies were reciprocals of each other.
Strategy 101: Know Thy Enemy, Know Thy Self
Taking the Fight to Enemy Submarines
June 13, 2014
Taking the Fight to Enemy Submarines
By using geography to their advantage, ASW forces can seize the offensive—for a change.
Taking the Fight to Enemy Submarines
Full-Spectrum Anti-Submarine Warfare
June 07, 2014
Full-Spectrum Anti-Submarine Warfare
By shifting its outlook on undersea combat, the U.S. Navy can restore that competitive dimension of war at sea.
Full-Spectrum Anti-Submarine Warfare
5 Ways Europe Can Help the US Pivot
June 02, 2014
5 Ways Europe Can Help the US Pivot
Crimea has woken Europe up to geopolitics. Here's how it can help the U.S. pivot to Asia.
5 Ways Europe Can Help the US Pivot
Navies of the World: The Royal Navy in the Pacific
May 28, 2014
Navies of the World: The Royal Navy in the Pacific
The Naval Diplomat begins his series on middle power navies in the Indo-Pacific with the United Kingdom
Navies of the World: The Royal Navy in the Pacific
The Valor of the ‘Everyman’
May 27, 2014
The Valor of the ‘Everyman’
How to honor the sacrifices ordinary people make in extraordinary situations.
The Valor of the ‘Everyman’
US Conventional Power and Nuclear Asia
May 20, 2014
US Conventional Power and Nuclear Asia
To stop allies in Asia from going nuclear, the U.S. needs to shore up its conventional military power.
US Conventional Power and Nuclear Asia
SSBNs and Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age
May 15, 2014
SSBNs and Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age
New ballistic missile submarine fleets could destabilize the nuclear order.
SSBNs and Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age
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