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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.

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
The Perils of Island Warfare
May 13, 2014
The Perils of Island Warfare
It’s a lot easier to take an island than it is to hold on to it.
The Perils of Island Warfare
China Abandons Small-Stick Diplomacy?
May 10, 2014
China Abandons Small-Stick Diplomacy?
The latest scrap between Vietnam and China in the South China Sea saw Chinese naval vessels deployed.
China Abandons Small-Stick Diplomacy?
How Not to Prepare for War
May 05, 2014
How Not to Prepare for War
In conducting drills, militaries needs to fight the temptation to rig the rules in their own favor.
How Not to Prepare for War
Why America Can’t Contain China
May 03, 2014
Why America Can’t Contain China
Despite Beijing’s concerns, the U.S. couldn’t contain China even if it wanted to.
Why America Can’t Contain China
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