News Stories 2007-2014

News articles: Navy Electronic Warfare Testing and Training (and other related articles of interest) 2007-2014

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A horned puffin lands at nest burrow with fish for chicks. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service




Somerville, Diana. “A Well-Kept Public Secret: Olympic National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve” Port O Call, December 31, 2014.

Nortier, Capt. Michael, “Small Change to Training Plan Provides Big Help to Navy,” PT Leader (perspective article by commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island), December 31, 2014  Also in Peninsula Daily News, December 26-27.

Bender, Jeremy. “This Chart Shows The Staggering Hourly Cost Of Operating US Military Aircraft,” Business Insider, December 30, 2014.

Hempton, Gordon. “The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything,” On Being, December 25, 2014.

Bartley, Nancy. “Roaring controversy over Navy jets on central Whidbey Island,” Seattle Times, December 23, 2015.

Public Notice. “Navy seeks public comment on sonar use in training with supplement to environmental impact statement,” Peninsula Daily News, December 23, 2014.

Whiting, Candace Calloway. “Navy Training Along the Pacific Coast – Public Meeting Schedule and Comment Period,” Seattle PI Blog, December 19, 2014.

Davenport, Christian. “The Pentagon’s newest weapons look like something out of ‘Star Wars’” The Washington Post, December 19, 2015.

Olson, Wyatt. “GAO: DOD doesn’t know if testing ranges are vulnerable to foreign firm spying,” Stars and Stripes, December 16, 2014.

Jamail, Dahr. “Documents Show Navy’s Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and Wildlife,” Truthout, December 15, 2014

Sepp, Pete. “We need to audit the Pentagon,” The Hill, December 14, 2015.

Johnson, Nicholas. “Forest Service Forging Ahead on Navy Plan.” Port Townsend Leader, December 10, 2014.

Lamothe, Dan. “With photos and video, Navy shows how its new laser gun works at sea,” Washington Post, December 10, 2014.

Dudley, Robin. “Hundreds Attend Navy Scoping Meeting” Port Townsend Leader, December 10, 2014.

Reid, Janice. “Class-Action Lawsuit Taking Aim at Whidbey Real Estate Companies,” Whidbey News-Times, December 6, 2014.

Weinberg, Dusty. “Navy Seeks to Practice Using Electromagnetic Radiation Weapons Over U.S. Soil,” Project Censored, December 6, 2014.

Kime, Patricia. “Incidents of rape in military much higher than previously reported,” Military Times, December 5, 2014.

Bernstein, Al. “Hundreds Turn Out for Navy Growler EIS Scoping Meeting in Port Townsend Thursday” Olympic Peninsula Environmental News, December 4, 2014.

Noory, George. “Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare, Border Training Bases Nationwide: Craig B. Hulet, George Noory Coast to Coast, December 3, 2014.” Begin at 12:20 on audio recording.

Osborn, Kris. “Army Testing Improved Electronic Jamming Technology,” DefenseTech, December 2, 2014.

Pailthorp, Bellamy. “US Navy seeking public input on proposed expansion of noisy ‘Growler’ fleet,” KPLU 88.5 Public Radio, December 2, 2014.


Sutton, Linda. “Electronic Warfare Range– area adjacent to Olympic National Park” Thom Hartmann Program, November 29, 2014.

Marx, Gene. “One Overreach Too Far,” OpEdNews, November 27, 2014.

Johnson, Nicholas. “Dems Decry Navy’s Path to Permit” Port Townsend Leader, November 26, 2014.

Bergstein, Al. “Letter to Forest Service Regarding the Navy Training Electronic Warfare Environmental Assessment,” Olympic Peninsula Environmental News, November 26, 2014.

Murphy, Patricia. “Time for Public Comment on Navy War Training Running Out” KOMO News Seattle, November 25, 2014

Trueblue, NW. “Is the Navy’s electromagnetic radiation warfare coming to a National Forest near you? Could be …” Daily Kos, November 24, 2014.

Jamail, Dahr. “Truthout Interviews Dahr Jamail on Electromagnetic Radiation War Games in Washington State” (audio interview) Truthout, November 23, 2014.

Roberts, Robbie. “Navy Warfare Training: Coming to a Forest Near You” Port O Call in Port Angeles, November 23, 2014.

Loftus-Farren, Zoe. “US Plans to Expand War Games in Ecologically Rich Mariana Islands,” Earth Island Journal, November 23, 2015.

Clark, Colin. “Next Gen Jammer Passes First Airborne Tests: Raytheon,” Breaking Defense, November 21, 2014.

Bruscas, Angelo. “Navy defends electronic warfare to skeptical crowd,” Aberdeen Daily World, November 20, 2015.

Botta, Nancy, “Pacific Beach Meetings With US Navy,” (VIDEO SERIES) RainDagger Productions, November 19, 2014.

Bermant, Charlie. “Jefferson Democrats pass resolution seeking more comment opportunities for Navy electronic warfare training project” Peninsula Daily News, November 19, 2014.

Bruscas, Angelo. “Navy electronic warfare plan grilled by Pacific Beach crowd” North Coast News, November 19, 2014.

Taylor, Ellen. “Whales vs the US Navy,” Counterpunch, November 19, 2014.

News Desk. “Accounting fraud is business as usual at the Pentagon, Reuters reports,” PBS NewsHour, November 18, 2013.

KBKW News. “Pacific Beach meeting to discuss warfare training program over Olympic Peninsula” KBKW News, November 17, 2014.

Lawrence, John. “The US Military is a Major Contributor to Global Warming,” San Diego Free Press, November 14, 2014.

Bermant, Charlie. “Public meeting set in Port Townsend to discuss proposal to add 36 Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island” Peninsula Daily News, November 13, 2014.

Jamail, Dahr. “Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State” Truthout, November 10, 2014.

Aithison, Sarah. “Quinaults to Navy: We’ll be watching your electronic warfare training ops” Puget Sound Business Journal, November 10, 2014.

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy meeting on proposed electronic warfare range packed with opponents” Peninsula Daily News, November 7, 2014.

Humbert, John, “Raucous protesters shut down Navy presentation on war games,” KOMO News, November 6, 2014.

Botta, Nancy, “Port Angeles Meeting with USFS and Navy,” (VIDEO SERIES) RainDagger Productions, November 6, 2014.

Aitchison, Sarah. “Opposition mounts to Navy’s proposal for electronic warfare training on Olympic Peninsula” Puget Sound Business Journal, November 6, 2014.


Ashton, Adam. “Olympic National Forest extends review period for Navy’s electronic warfare training plan” The [Tacoma] News Tribune, October 31, 2014.

Swanson, Nancy. “U.S. Navy plan for electronic warfare on Olympic Peninsula elicits public outcry” The Examiner, October 29, 2014.

Wilson, Scott. “The sound of electronic warfare” Port Townsend Leader, October 29, 2014.

Reid, Janis. “Navy Addresses Concerns About ‘War Game’ Involved in Whidbey Growler Training,” Whidbey News-Times, October 29, 2014.

Morgan, Bruce. “Shadow Government – Elected officials are no longer in charge of our national security—and that is undermining our democracy, says the Fletcher School’s Michael Glennon,” TuftsNow, October 28, 2014.

Bonds, Eric. “The Pentagon Comes Up Short on Climate,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 23, 2014.

Bowman, Bonney. “Cordova residents voice concerns over Navy training in Gulf of Alaska,” KTVA Anchorage, October 16, 2014.

Johnson, Nicholas. “Austin Not Worried About Navy’s Warfare Training Plans”, Port Townsend Leader, October 15, 2014.

Botta, Nancy, “Forks Meeting with USFS and Navy,” (VIDEO SERIES) RainDagger Productions, October 14, 2014.

Ashton, Adam. “Navy plan for radar-detection training riles Olympic National Forest users” The Olympian, October 17.

Lacitis, Eric. “Navy’s electronic-warfare training plan not flying in Forks” Seattle Times, October 16, 2014.

Reid, Janis, “Navy Environmental Impact Statement to include up to 36 Growlers at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station,” Whidbey Island News-Times, October 14, 2014.

Murphy, Patricia, “Potential For Navy War Games Alarms Peninsula Residents,” KUOW (NPR) October 13, 2014.

Freedburg, Sidney J, “Navy Forges New EW Strategy: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare,” Breaking Defense, October 10, 2014.

Eyak Preservation Council. “The Navy wants to bomb the Gulf of Alaska,” news release, October 10, 2014.

Couhig, Mark. “Navy raises number of jets proposed at Whidbey Island base, raising more East Jefferson noise issues,” Peninsula Daily News, October 9, 2014.

Littlebear, Linda. “Navy Busted over Electromagnetic Radiation Training in WA State,” Youtube. October 9. 2014.


Welch, Craig, “Journalists Slam Forest Service Over Wilderness Permits,” Seattle Times, September 28, 2014.

Gottleib, Paul. “No people, large animals to be harmed in electronic warfare training, Navy says — but it has its risks” Peninsula Daily News, September 28, 2014.

Associated Press. “Navy wants to conduct war games off of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula” Oregon Live, September 27, 2014.

Associated Press. “Navy wants to conduct war games on Wash. Coast” KOMO News, September 27, 2014.

Gottleib, Paul. “For war games next year, Navy wants to post trucks with electromagnetic radiation equipment on West End” Peninsula Daily News, September 25, 2014.

Baron, Christi. “Electronic Warfare coming to a neighborhood near you” Forks Forum, September 24, 2014.

Steiner, Richard. “Navy War Games in Alaska Would Impact Thousands of Marine Mammals,” Huffington Post, September 17, 2014.

Colburn, Jamison. “SEGMENTATION: A CONDUIT TO CONFLICT – NEPA’s Permanently Hard Question,” The NEPA Lab, September 10, 2014.


US Navy. “Navy-funded blue and fin whale tagging program begins,” August 25, 2014.

Steele, Janette. “Navy study to track whales,” U-T San Diego, August 25, 2014.

Oregon State University Marine Science Center. “OSU researchers tagging whales off Southern California,” August 25, 2014.

Bender, Jeremy. “This Map Shows Why The F-35 Has Turned Into A Trillion-Dollar Fiasco,” Business Insider, August 20, 2014.

Leitsinger, Miranda. “Hungry Heroes: 25 Percent of Military Families Seek Food Aid,” NBC News, August 17, 2014.

(A part of this study:

Harwood, Matthew. “One Nation Under Swat,” Foreign Policy in Focus, August 15, 2014.

Gottleib, Paul. “Puget Sound Pilots object to proposed Navy dock in Port Angeles,” Peninsula Daily News, August 13, 2014.

JULY 2014

Lee, Jane. “Blue whale ‘Hot Spots’ overlap with shipping lanes, raising threats,” National Geographic News, July 23, 2014.

Nazaryan, Alexander. “The US Department of Defense Is One of the World’s Biggest Polluters,” Newsweek, July 17, 2014. Note: 85 male breast cancer cases at Camp LeJeune?


JUNE 2014

Pemberton, Miriam, and Hartung, William D. “The Pentagon Budget Is Shrinking. Invest in Transition!” Foreign Policy in Focus, June 20, 2014.

Ahmed, Nafeez. “Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown,” The Guardian, June 12, 2014.

Bernd, Candice. “USDA and Submachine Guns: Latest Example of Mission Creep as Federal Policing Expands,” Truthout, June 7, 2014.

MAY 2014

Reynolds, Ross. “When The Growlers Fly, The Noise ‘Rips The Fabric Of The Universe Apart’,” KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, May 15, 2014.

APRIL 2014

Majumdar, Dave. “Stealth vs Electronic Attack,” USNI News, April 21, 2014.

MARCH 2014

Hennigan, WJ. “Advances in Electronic Warfare Fly Under the Public’s Radar,” Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2014.

Hennigan, WJ. “Jamming the Enemy,” Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2017.

Goldman, Matthew Brian. “A Militarism We Call Patriotism,” Truthout, March 9, 2014.

Gottleib, Paul. “Tribes question Navy plans for Ediz Hook submarine-escort dock,” Peninsula Daily News, March 8, 2014.


Arthur, Allison. “Jefferson, Kitsap engage in land-use compatibility study with U.S. Navy grant,” Port Townsend Leader, February 14, 2014.


Whitlock, Craig. “Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces,” Washington Post, January 26, 2014.

Whitlock, Craig. “Pentagon investigations point to military system that promotes abusive leaders,” Washington Post, January 24, 2014.

Staff. “Excerpts from military investigations into allegations of toxic leadership,” Washington Post, January 24, 2014.

Hammerstrom, John. “Navy jet noise: Hammerstrom calls in the FBI,” Key West Blue Paper, January 23, 2014.

Nuwer, Rachel. “The last place on Earth without human noise,” BBC, January 27, 2014.

Wehrly, Steve, “More ‘Growlers’, more noise; Whidbey NAS subject to full-blown environmental review,” January 14, 2014, San Juan Journal.

StormTeam 8 NBC News. “Military chaff countermeasures show up on weather radar,” January 13, 2014.


Hikers enjoy the Olympic National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.


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Finley, Ande, “Thunder of Navy jets; sky’s the limit? | Guest Column,” San Juan Journal, December 25, 2013.

Bermant, Charlie, “Port Townsend casts wary eye on prospect of more noisy Navy jet test flights out of Coupeville,” Peninsula Daily News, December 23, 2013.

Paltrow, Scott. “Why the Pentagon’s many campaigns to clean up its accounts are failing,” Reuters, December 23, 2013.

Bartley, Nancy. “Roaring Controversy Over Navy Jets on Whidbey Island,” Seattle Times, December 22, 2013.

Finley, Ande, “Concerns about jet noise,” Islands’ Weekly, December 18, 2013.

Associated Press. “Navy to expand sonar testing despite resistance from environmentalists,” December 15, 2013.

Ahmed, Nafeez. “US Navy predicts summer ice free Arctic by 2016,” The Guardian, December 9, 2013.


Staff. “Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste,” Reuters, November 18, 2013.

Paltrow, Scott. “Behind the Pentagon’s doctored ledgers, a running tally of epic waste,” Reuters, November 18, 2013.

Pappaardo, Joe. “Drones Can Now Jam Enemy Radar,” Popular Mechanics, November 14, 2013.


Wagner, David. “Navy Expects To Kill Hundreds Of Dolphins And Whales,” KPBS Radio, August 30, 2013.

Hill, Christian and Ashton, Adam. “Flying Low, Loud, Late and Illegal near JBLM,” The News Tribune, August 4, 2013.

JULY 2013

Burnett, Justin. “Federal Suit Filed; OLF Practices Suspended,” Whidbey News-Times, July 21, 2013

Daily Mail Reporter. “US jets drop four BOMBS on Great Barrier Reef after fuel emergency in training exercise,” Daily Mail, July 20, 2013.

PDN Staff. “Army apologizes for helicopters that ‘terrorized’ Port Angeles,”

Peninsula Daily News, July 12, 2013.  Citizen videos of this incident with 4 Chinook and 2 Blackhawk helicopters here.

Carrington, Damian. “Whales flee from military sonar leading to mass strandings, research shows,” The Guardian, July 3, 2013.

Paltrow, Scott and Carr, Kelly. “How the Pentagon’s payroll quagmire traps America’s soldiers,” Reuters, July 2, 2013.

JUNE 2013

Burns, Melinda. “Speed bumps for Channel cargo ships?” Mission & State, June 14, 2013.

APRIL 2013

Monson, Michael, “Navy 18G Growlers Over Patmore Ballpark, Coupeville, WA, Harming Children’s Hearing,” Youtube, April 25, 2013.

MARCH 2013

Watson, Julie. “California commission rejects Navy sonar training, says it would harm whales,” US News.NBC News, March 8, 2013.


Peterson,   “Killing With Sound: What Happens When the Whales Stop Singing?” Huffington Post, February 22, 2013.

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Green darner in Olympic National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

Listing of news articles with links, on sonar effects on marine mammals. Orca Net.


Babacek, Mojmir. “Psychotronic and Electromagnetic Weapons: Remote Control of the Human Nervous System,” Global Research dot org, January 31, 2013.

Wolf, Jim. “Analysis: U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific “pivot“, Reuters, January 1, 2013.



Mieszkowski, Katharine and Smith, Matt. “Air Force ships Calif. radioactive waste to Idaho landfill,” California Watch/Center for Investigative Reporting, November 9, 2012.

Greenwald, Robert. “Defense Spending: There’s No Better Way to Talk About the Corrosive Effect of Money on Politics,” Huffington Post, October 29, 2012.

Fox5 and NBC7 News, San Diego. “Mysterious Booms” heard around the county and a possible connection to “Military Chaff” sprayed from planes and picked up on radar.” April 13, 2012.

Lynch, Rene. “Navy jet crash: Don’t breathe the air, don’t touch the debris,” Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2012.

Viers, Scott. “Scientists seek to silence sonar in the Salish Sea,”, March 1, 2012.

Viers, Scott. “Sonar heard in Puget Sound – through WA State ferry!”, February 29, 2012.

Mashuda, Steve. “NAVY TRAINING BLASTS MARINE MAMMALS WITH HARMFUL SONAR,” EarthJustice, January 26, 2012. (Fact sheet included.)



Bilchik, Gloria Shur. “Military mystery: How many bases does the US have, anyway?” Occasional Planet, January 24, 2011.



StormTracker News 10, Southern Oregon. “Military spraying massive amounts of chaff shows up on radar,” May 16, 2010.

Conetta, Carl. “The Pentagon’s Runaway Budget,” Foreign Policy in Focus, March 3, 2010.

Corbett, Blaise, and Partak, James. “The U.S. Navy’s New Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program- Resurrecting the Capability in a New World,” CHIPS, The Department of the Navy’s Information Technology Magazine, January-March 2010.



Nevala, Amy. “The Sound of Sonar and the Fury about Whale Strandings,” Oceanus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, September 2009.

Mufson, Steven. “Nevada Solar Project Meets Bigger Foe Than Cloudy Skies: the U.S. Air Force,” Washington Post, June 20, 2009.

Slocum, John. “Does Military Sonar Kill Marine Wildlife?” Scientific American, June 10, 2009.



Titan AccuWeather ABC News. “Military chaff covers entire width of Florida,” January 23, 2008.

Big Blue Technical Diving News and Events. “Diver suffers pain from Navy sonar tests,” November 21, 2008.



Joyce, John J. “New Energy Center to Impact Future Weapons for Naval and Joint Forces,” Navy press release on Directed Energy Weaponry, September 9, 2007.

Klare, Michael. “The Pentagon as Global Gas-Guzzler,” Tom Dispatch, June 14, 2007.

Bender, Brian. “Pentagon study says oil reliance strains military, urges development of alternative fuels,” Boston Globe, May 1, 2007.

Weinberger, Sharon. “Mind Games,” The Washington Post, January 14, 2007.



Staff. “Why can’t the Pentagon pass an audit?” Taxpayers for Common Sense, May 18, 2000.


Same issue, other locations:

 Key West Naval Air Station, FL:

Hammerstrom, John G. “NAVY JET NOISE: Hammerstrom Calls in the FBI,” The Blue Paper: Key West, January 21, 2014.


Nord, James and Brown, Matthew. “Air Force Approves a Bomber Training Airspace Expansion Over Northern Plains,” Star Tribune, January 16, 2015.

Kohn, Jay. “Battle Brewing Over Montana Airspace,” MTN News, December 18, 2014.

New Mexico:

Brunt, Charles D. “Protesters Seek End to Military Training,” Albuquerque Journal, November 5, 2013.