News Stories 2015-2016

 

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2016

We will be fully updating this page soon; the last few weeks have been extremely busy.

DECEMBER 2016

Staff. “Forest Service accepting comments on permit for Navy electronic warfare training,” Peninsula Daily News, December 2, 2016.

Freedberg, Sydney. “1st-Ever Electronic Warfare Strategy Headed For SecDef’s Desk,” Breaking Defense, December 2, 2016.

Davis, Kristina. “Contracting official gets 6-year sentence in ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy bribery scandal,” San Diego Union-Tribune, December 2, 2016.

NOVEMBER 2016

Kaufman, Ellie and Ganim, Sara. “Flint family says Navy is retaliating for speaking out about water crisis,” CNN, November 30, 2016.

Christensen, Ken. “Growler Jets Test Rainforest Peace as Northwest Military Presence Grows,” KCTS 9, November 30, 2016.

Associated Press. “Draft decision allows more Navy electronic-warfare training,” Stars and Stripes, November 29, 2016.

Gottleib, Paul. “Forest Service favors Navy permits for warfare rangeDraft decision expected today,” Peninsula Daily News, November 29, 2016.

DeLa Torre, Ferdie. “IN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS’ SUIT VS NAVY OVER LIVE-FIRE PLAN – DOJ: Federal court lacks jurisdiction,” Saipan Tribune, November 25, 2016. Significance: US Navy is one step closer to kicking indigenous people off an island they’ve inhabited for 3,000 years so it can be turned into a bombing range.

Major, Jesse. “Navy records plan for sonar, explosives training in area waters,” Peninsula Daily News, November 18, 2016.

Ostrander, Madeline. “Quiet: A Soldier’s Fight for the Most Silent Place in America,” Seattle Met, November 16, 2016.

Jamail, Dahr. “The Navy’s Use of Depleted Uranium in America’s Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife,” AlterNet, November 7, 2016.

Szoldra, Paul. “The Navy can’t fire its awesome new gun because the rounds cost nearly $1 million each,” Business Insider, November 7, 20216.

Staff. “Navy expanding training in Northwest ranges,” Kitsap Sun, November 5, 2016.

OCTOBER 2016

Special insert: $203 million dollar Navy contract awarded this month for the manufacture of 141,500 sonobuoys. Most sonobuoys weigh between 36 and 900 lbs, have a life span of 8 minutes once deployed in the ocean, and then become debris which is never recovered. For more, see this article.

Jamail, Dahr. “The Navy’s Use of Depleted Uranium in Our Coastal Waters Threatens Humans, Wildlife,” Truthout, October 31, 2016.

Staff. “US air force base leaks toxic chemicals into sewer system,” BBC News, October 19, 2010.

Jamail, Dahr. “Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants’ Brains,” Truthout, October 17, 2016.

Prine, Carl. “Port sues feds for chemical pollution,” San Diego Union-Tribune, October 13, 2016.

Luck, Melissa. “Fighter jets buzz the Inland Northwest,” KXLY (ABC News 4), October 15, 2016.

Price, Steve. “Anger after Navy jet buzzes crash neighborhood,” CBS News8, October 14, 2016.

Hartung, William. “The Pentagon Must Stop Abusing the War Budget,” The National Interest, October 14, 2016.

Ferran, Lee. “Another Navy Officer Pleads Guilty in Hooker-for-Info Bribery Scandal,” ABC News, October 14, 2016.

Ferran, Lee. “NCIS Agent Betrayed His Country Because He Was ‘Weak, Vulnerable,’ Lawyers Say,” ABC News, October 13, 2016. (Update Oct 15: sentenced to 12 years in prison.)

Holmes, James. “The U.S. Navy Has an Image Problem,” The National Interest, October 12, 2016.

Staff. “Scandal management: Pentagon spends most of US gov’t PR budget,” RT, October 12, 2016. (Note: the Pentagon spends 63% of $1 billion each year on PR. “Additionally, the Pentagon has been paying hundreds of millions to outside contractors – such as the UK-based firm Bell Pottinger, which received $540 million between 2007 and 2011, and another $120 million in 2006. Among the services provided by the agency was the making and dissemination of fake terrorist videos attributed to Al-Qaeda.”)

Fuentes, Widget. “More Room For Top Gun: Navy Wants to Triple Nevada Training Ranges,” USNI News, October 6, 2016.

Smithberger, Mandy. “Pentagon Admits Half of War Spending Account Is Slush,” Project on Government Oversight, October 3, 2016.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Video. “Wait, the Pentagon Wants Even More Secrecy?” Project on Government Oversight, September 16, 2016.

Podcast. “LISTEN: The Case against Unlimited Pentagon Spending,” Project on Government Oversight, September 12, 2016.

AUGUST 2016

Nichols, Hans and Kube, Courtney. “Pentagon Orders Review of $13 Billion Warship,” NBC News, August 31, 2016.

Jarvis, Jonathan. “We must recommit to national parks, America’s cathedrals,” Washington Post, August 24, 2016.

Osborn, Kris. “US Navy’s F-35C Stealth Fighter: Now Armed with 18,000 Pounds of Weapons,” The National Interest, August 24, 2016. Significance: “…part of a strategy to prepare the emerging aircraft for air-to-air engagements and air-to-ground attacks against enemy air defenses.” Has Congress declared war, and if so, on whom?

Boyle, James. “Lawmaker: Sue Navy to get a health study of PFC water contamination in Bucks, Montgomery counties,” Bucks County Courier-Times, August 22, 2016. Significance: A State legislator says the only way to get the Navy to pay for blood tests for 70,000 poisoned people in counties where high levels of chemical contamination in the drinking water has caused widespread illness is to file a lawsuit.

Associated Press. “Submarine, support vessel collide off Washington coast,” Q13 Fox, August 19, 2016.

Young-Grindle, Ramona. “Navy Sonar Approved Despite Court Ruling,” Courthouse News Service, August 19, 2016.

Major, Jesse. “Port Townsend City Council to send letter to Navy about Growler noise,” Peninsula Daily News, August 18, 2016. Significance: Navy noise is damaging historic buildings. Letter is here.

Reynolds, Joel. “Whales Win Yet Again on Sonar: Why Do the Navy and NMFS Refuse to Get It Right?” Huffington Post, August 18, 2016.

McMahon, Pat. “LETTER: Jet noise takes away from natural beauty,” Peninsula Daily News, August 17, 2016. Significance: Olympic National Park has lost a vital component with the persistent sounds of jets overhead.

DeMay, Daniel. “That Blue Angels show you saw last week wasn’t exactly free; 
A BREAKDOWN OF THE REAL COST FOR THE MILITARY AIRSHOW SPECTACLE,” Seattle Times, August 11, 2016.

Thompson, Loren. “How To Waste $100 Billion: Weapons That Didn’t Work Out,” Forbes, archived. (Worth a re-read.)

Tegler, Eric. “WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess,” Popular Mechanics, August 4, 2016.

Fillmore, Nicholas. “Groups Blast US Navy’s Buildup in Marianas,” Courthouse News Service, August 3, 2016.

Baskin, Martha. “Puget Sound Is Home to the Biggest Nuclear Stockpile in the World,” Truthout, August 1, 2016.

Osborne, Kris, “Revealed: US Navy Plans to Triple the Amount of Missiles per Submarine,” The National Interest, August 1, 2016.

JULY 2016

Jones, Caleb. “U.S. Navy sued over live-fire training plan in Pacific Ocean,” Navy Times, July 27, 2016.

Stover, Dawn. “The peace boat Golden Rule sails into a new era of nuclear activism,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 25, 2016.

Pappas, Stephanie. “‘Earthquake’ in Florida Was Actually a Naval Explosion,” LiveScience, July 21, 2016.

Harris, Alex. “It wasn’t an earthquake. It was 10,000 pounds of explosives,” Miami Herald, July 19, 2016.

Staff. “Navy sonar broke whale protection laws, says US court,” BBC News, July 19, 2016.

McCarthy, Simone. “Why a federal court ruled against the US Navy, in favor of whales,” Christian Science Monitor, July 16, 2016.

JUNE 2016

Brown, Ryan. “Military aircraft accidents costing lives, billions of dollars,” CNN June 20, 2016. Significance: Military is blaming “slashed budgets” but how does one compute 56% of federal spending with record new levels each year to be “slashed”?

Cole, William. “Navy unit leaving Kaneohe for Washington,” Stars and Stripes, June 19, 2016. Significance: Eighteen Poseidons, a military version of the Boeing 737-800, will bring more jet traffic and noise to the skies around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Kelly, Tim. “U.S. dangles large land return as anti-base resentment surges in Okinawa,” Reuters, June 18, 2016.

Davenport, Christian. “Robots, swarming drones and ‘Iron Man’: Welcome to the new arms race,” Washington Post, June 17, 2016.

Kelly, Tim. “U.S. Navy lifts temporary drinking ban on its sailors in Japan,” Reuters, June 16, 2016. Significance: After a US sailor was arrested for the murder of a 20 year-old Japanese woman, what was touted as a “ban” on drinking with no end date, then a 30-day ban, did not even last two weeks. 

Staff. “Kilmer, Larsen secure money to reduce jet noise,” Port Townsend Leader, June 15, 2016.

Whitlock, Craig. “Navy admiral pleads guilty in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal,” Washington Post, June 9, 2016.

McCrystal, Laura and McDaniel, Justine. “Navy pressed to fund blood tests for water contaminants,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 9, 2016. Significance: Pennsylvania’s senators and local members of Congress are pressing the Navy to fund blood testing for residents affected by water contamination around former naval air bases in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Novak, Matt. “FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious [Navy] Tests on the West Coast,” Gizmodo, June 7, 2016. Washington Times, June 7. Significance: FAA warned pilots that US military will be secretly testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day.

Araiza, Karen. “Erin Brockovich Law Firm Investigating Contaminated Water in Montgomery County,” NBC News, June 7, 2016. Significance: Bottled water and illness for communities as contamination conserns grow.

Staff. “US sailors in Japan banned from drinking off-base for 30 days, Navy says,” ABC News, June 6, 2016. Significance: A 30-day ban on off-base drinking is the Navy’s plan to help reduce tensions between the US and Japan on Okinawa. Listen to the report. We are not making this up.

Majumdar, Dave. “The U.S. Navy’s Plan to Dominate the Sky in the 2030s (And Beyond),” The National Interest, June 6, 2016.

Markovitch, Matt. “Whidbey Island residents say Navy jet noise is a ‘toxic health hazard’,” KOMO News, June 6, 2016.  Significance: The Navy ignored a request by Congressman Derek Kilmer to study the effects of noise on Olympic National Park, a World Heritage site, and is moving ahead with its plans.

Jamail, Dahr. “When Whales Cannot Hear: Ocean Noise Doubling Every 10 Years,” Truthout, June 4, 2016.

Schlossberg, Tatiana. “A Plan to Give Whales and Other Ocean Life Some Peace and Quiet,” New York Times, June 3, 2016.

Sullivan, Karen. “Behind Our Backs: A Blueprint for Military Expansion,” Port O Call, June 1, 2016.

MAY 2016

Zielinski, Alex. “Thousands Of Sexual Assault Victims In The Military Have Been Denied Veteran Health Care,” ThinkProgress, May 30, 2016. Significance: quick summary of a new report from Human Rights Watch.

Barnes, Julian E. “A First Look at America’s Supergun,” Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2016.

Hickman, Joseph. “Burn Pits: US Government Ignores 60,000 Suffering US War Vets,” Truthout May 29, 2016.  Alternet May 23, 2016.

Whitlock, Craig. “The Man who seduced the Seventh Fleet,” Washington Post, May 27, 2016. Significance: Concerning classified information trades-for-prostitutes – “At one time he had infiltrated the entire leadership line. The KGB could not have done what he did.” Also the same day by this reporter: ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal swells; three more Navy figures charged.” The new cases bring the number of people charged in the mushrooming scandal to 14.

Pilger, John. “Silencing America as it prepares for war,” JohnPilger.com, May 27, 2016.

Staff. “Two U.S. Navy jets collide off North Carolina, crew safe: officials,” Reuters, May 26, 2016.

Vaughn, Debra. “Navy pilots report extensive air contamination issues,” South Whidbey Record, May 25, 2016. Significance:  See also this post about low oxygen delivery in Growlers and other fighter jets endangering pilots, civilians.

Montgomery, Marc. “The silent killers on the ocean floor,” Radio Canada International, May 25, 2016. Significance: leaking munitions on the seafloor have already been affecting marine life and it will only get worse. Sourced from this interactive map and video.

Whitlock, Craig. “Highest-ranking Navy officer yet sentenced in sex-for-secrets scandal,” Washington Post, May 25, 2016. Significance: 46 months in prison for selling military secrets to an Asian defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes, stays at luxury hotel and other favors. Also: “higher officers were on the take.”

Hartung, William. “The Pentagon’s War on Accountability,” Truthout, May 24, 2016.

Vaughn, Debra. “Jet-noise foes confront the county Board of Health — again,” South Whidbey Record, May 19, 2016.

Jamail, Dahr. “Navy Allowed to Kill/Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific,” Truthout, May 16, 2016. 

Myers, Meghann. “Nothing scares Hornet pilots more than losing oxygen – and it happens all the time,” Navy Times, May 12, 2016.  Significance: See this post.

Associated Press. “Agency: Dolphins’ Cause of Death Unclear, Human Role Likely,” New York Times, May 12, 2016. Significance: Navy sonar not ruled out; they were operating in the area. 

Jamail, Dahr. “Exclusive: Emails Reveal Navy’s Intent to Break Law, Threatening Endangered Wildlife,” Truthout, May 9, 2016.

Areddy, James T. “Chinese Navy to Join U.S. in Military Exercises,” Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2016.

WCAA staff. “Resolutions opposing Navy warfare in civilian areas pass in three western WA counties. But there’s bad news for whales.” Port O Call, May 5, 2016.

Jardin, Xeni. “The U.S. Navy now has an unmanned drone warship. Could it be hacked at sea?” BoingBoing, May 4, 2016. Significance: Some are concerned that with no humans at the controls, these “robot ships” could be hacked, pwned remotely, and used by America’s enemies to attack the United States.The Navy has also admitted its drone ship has a problem “seeing” smaller vessels, such as sailboats.

APRIL 2016

Hirst, Andrew. “MoD payout £9k in compensation after horse left concussed by low-flying aircraft,” East Anglian Times (UK) April 29, 2016. Significance: Britain’s Ministry of Defense has paid out almost £250,000 in compensation for damage, injuries and loss of livestock caused by low flying US and British military aircraft in East Anglia over the past five years. Low flying involves fixed-wing aircraft flying down to 250ft from the ground and rotary wing aircraft (eg helicopters) flying down to 100 feet from the ground. Rotary-wing aircraft can also be authorised to go lower than 100ft from the ground. Low flying isn’t usually allowed in areas around airports, or towns and cities with populations of more than 10,000.

Whitlock, Craig. “‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal claims Navy officer who escaped Cambodia’s killing fields as a child,” Washington Post, April 29, 2016.

Dillow, Clay. “Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing,” Fortune, April 28, 2016

Brownstone, Sydney. “King County Judge Makes Historic Ruling Against Washington State in Climate Change Case,” The (Seattle) Stranger, April 29, 2016. Significance: A proactive ruling from Judge Hill. While Governor Inslee’s Office says it is “leading the way” on climate change, the Governor also signed this agreement to support increasing and expanding military missions and spending in Washington State. Since the U.S. military is the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world, and since every year it consumes more than 100 million barrels of oil – enough for over 4 million trips around the Earth, assuming 25 mpg – and since a single Growler jet burns 1,300 gallons per hour and ten times that on afterburners, it’s going to be difficult to reconcile the Governor’s lofty statement with his actions. Bravo to the court for pointing this out.

Youngber, David. “EA-18 Growlers: Stories of excessive noise on the Olympic Peninsula,” Seattle Times, April 26, 2016. Significance: letter to editor from a Navy veteran who worked on an aircraft carrier. It links to these videos of Growler noise near Forks, on the Olympic Peninsula.

Skelton, Alissa. “Virginia Beach apartments where Navy jet crashed four years ago to be demolished,” Virginian-Pilot, April 21, 2016.

Larter, David. “Navy base leader in Japan fired after allegedly mishandling investigations,” Navy Times, April 21, 2016.

Bender, Jeremy. “This chart shows just how massive the US Navy is,” Business Insider, April 21, 2015.

Staff. “AP Exclusive: US Navy accuses Gulf commander of misconduct,” Associated Press, April 21, 2016.

Feffer, John. “The Pentagon’s Twisted Potlatch,” Foreign Policy in Focus, April 20, 2016. Significance: The logic of military spending leads countries to effectively destroy their own property and burn down their own villages.

Gordon, Neil. “Major flaws in U.S. Navy’s Oversight of Service Contractors,” The National Interest, April 20, 2016. Also San Diego Union-Tribune. Significance: An audit concluded that the Navy “does not have sufficient internal controls in place to detect or deter fraud and abuse within all areas of the process.”

Slavin, Eric. “Navy’s shipbuilding budget could see Reagan-era levels,” Stars and Stripes, April 20, 2016. Significance: Congress wants to hike missile and ship building (carriers and subs) to $20.6 billion — $2.3 billion more than the Obama administration’s budget request.

Staff. “Navy Tactical Tomahawk missile crashes during flight test,” Navy Times, April 20, 2016. Significance: Two new Tomahawk missile storage facilities are slated to be built on Indian Island in north Puget Sound. Update April 21.

Richmond, Todd. “Navy Scraps Mailer Over Sexism Accusations,” Associated Press, April 19, 2016.

Wong, Kristina. “House Armed Services subpanel rejects new round of base closures,” The Hill, April 19, 2016.

Lardner, Richard. “Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases,” Associated press, April 18, 2016.

Ross, Daniel. “I’m Mad as Hell”: Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure,” Truthout, April 17, 2016.

Hempton, Gordon. “Speaking up for silence: No Growlers over Olympic National Park,” Seattle Times, April 17, 2016.

Baurick, Tristan. “$30 million cleanup begins on ‘disgusting’ former Navy dump,” Kitsap Sun, April 16, 2016.  Also OPB News, April 18.

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, LTE. “Navy criticized for Whidbey EIS delay,” Islands Weekly, April 13, 2016.

Biesecker, Michael. “Environmental Groups sue over pollution from airliners,” KOMO News, April 12, 2016.

Pellerin, Cheryl. “Deputy Defense Secretary Inspects P-8A Final Assembly Facility,” DoD News (a Defense Department press release), April 11, 2016. Significance: Bad news for sea life. Boeing is building a new plane with 30% more sonobuoy capacity, that will also operate with MQ-4C Triton drones. “‘The P-8 also has twice the sonobuoy processing capability and can carry 30 percent more sonobuoys than any maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft now flying,’ Boeing officials said.”

Hennigan, WJ. “U.S. Navy officer is charged with espionage,” LA Times, April 11, 2016. NPR story. Update: Legal proceedings will be classified.

Hartung, William. “How Not to Audit the Pentagon,” TomDispatch, April 10, 2016. Also in AlterNet.

Bernton, Hal. “Navy christens new, unmanned ship,” Yakima Herald, April 8, 2016. Significance: “One area that still needs work is the vessel’s ability to respond to sailboats that it might encounter, officials said.”

News release from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “Draft study on Growler impact rescheduled for fall release,” Whidbey Daily News, April 7, 2016.

DoD News. “Pentagon Builds High-Tech Sea Vessel Drone,” Scout, April 6, 2016. Significance: This unmanned 130-foot drone ship is designed to operate at long range for months at the time, possibly without intervention from any humans. Good luck to fishing, commercial and other vessels operating at sea, who depend on the Rules of the Road and a good lookout. There was no public process to allow civilian shipping interests to understand the legal implications of avoidance or collision with unmanned ships. 

Lehman, Jon. “The U.S. Is Militarizing the Pacific — and Not Taking Questions,” The Liberty Beacon, April 6, 2016.

Ashton, Adam. “Citing public protests, JBLM suspends proposal to send helicopters to North Cascades,” The Olympian, April 7, 2016.

Van Buren, Peter. “World War Three may have already begun in Iraq and Syria,” Reuters, April 7, 2016.

Serena, Chad and Clarke, Colin. “A new kind of battlefield awaits the U.S. military – megacities,” Reuters, April 6, 2016.

Bernton, Hal. “Judge rules on nuclear data held by Kitsap County,” Seattle Times, April 5, 2016. Significance: The Navy sued the county to prevent them from their legally required duty of providing documents to the public about response plans to a nuclear emergency at the Navy Kitsap-Bangor base or other Navy facilities. A judge declined to uphold the Navy’s ban.

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy’s pier project at Ediz hook could have big financial impact on fish farm,” Peninsula Daily News, April 5, 2016.

Bernton, Hal. “Military plans more uses of Northwest public lands,” Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2016.

Matishak, Martin. “How a $2.7 billion submarine was crippled by defective parts,” MSN, April 3, 2016.

Bernton, Hal. “Jets, helicopters, rockets: Military plans more uses of Northwest public lands,” Seattle Times, April 2, 2016.

MARCH 2016

Schiffman, Richard. “How Ocean Noise Pollution Wreaks Havoc on Marine Life,” Yale Environment 360, March 31, 2016.

Letman, Jon. “The U.S. Is Militarizing the Pacific — and Not Taking Questions,” Foreign Policy in Focus, March 30, 2016.

McClure, Rosemary. “Seeing firsthand why Olympic National Park is one of the nation’s great wilderness areas,” Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2016.

Staff. “Nimitz officer jailed on suspicion of having sexually explicit pictures of minors,” Kitsap Sun, March 28, 2016.

Bulos, Nabih and Hennigan, WJ, and Bennett, Brian. “CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria,” Chicago Tribune, March 26, 2016.

Vaughn, Debra. “Larsen backs electronic warfare bill: Measure would speed up elecronic warfare technology updates,” Whidbey News-Times, March 26, 2016.

Dunagan, Christopher. “Will new guidance reduce hearing loss in whales and dolphins?” Kitsap Sun, March 26, 2016. Significance: New controversy over the potential injury to marine mammals from sounds transmitted in the water.

Whitlock, Craig. “Highest-ranking Navy officer yet sentenced in sex-for-secrets scandal,” Washington Post, March 25, 2016. Significance: “Dusek [the defendant] also hinted that higher-ranking officers were on the take and that the relationship between the contractor and Navy brass was even more sordid than previously known.” Navy Times version here.

Steele, Jeanette. “Navy SEAL Admiral’s rare, public punishment,” San Diego Union-Tribune, March 25, 2016.  Significance: A different officer from the one mentioned above.

Koehler, Robert. “Recovery from Militarism,” Common Dreams, March 24, 2016.

Staff. “Document: U.S. Navy’s Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Report,” USNI News, March 24, 2016.

Eckstein, Megan. “Navy: Future Undersea Warfare Will Have Longer Reach, Operate With Network of Unmanned Vehicles,” USNI News, March 24, 2016. Significance: Three new Tomahawk missile storage magazines to be constricted on Indian Island, a short distance across the bay to Port Townsend, where 9500 people live. 

Sahagun, Louis. “Petition demands Navy stop removing Indian artifacts from California’s ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’,” Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2016.  Significance: very likely to be another violation of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Njus, Elliott. “Submarine-hunting drone ship docked near Tilikum Crossing,” The Oregonian/Oregon Live, March 24, 2016. Significance: “the [unmanned drone] ship is designed to operate at long range for months at the time, possibly without intervention from any humans.” Good luck to fishing, commercial and other vessels operating at sea, who depend on the Rules of the Road and a good lookout. Was there a public process to allow civilian shipping interests to understand the legal implications of avoidance or collision with unmanned ships? 

Kearns, Landess. “The Navy’s New $4.4 Billion Ship Is A Big, Shiny Waste Of Money,” Huffington Post, March 22, 2016.

Foster, Gregory. “Sorry, the Idea that Civilians Control the US Military Is Pure Fantasy,” AlterNet, March 18, 2016.

Guma, Greg. “Addicted to War: The Seductive Myths of Militarism,” Global Research, March 17, 2016.

Cooper, Bertha. “Think about It… Naval Gazing,” Sequim Gazette, March 16, 2016.

Foster, Gregory D. “A Case for Demilitarizing the Military,” Truthout/Tom Dispatch, March 16, 2016.

Engelhardt, Tom. “The American Version of Militarism – Who Controls the Civilians?” TomDispatch, March 15, 2016.

Nguyen, Vicki, Wagner, Liz, and Escamilla, Felipe. “Former Hunters Point Worker Claims Supervisors Ordered Him to Hide Radiation,” NBC News, March 15, 2016. Significance, After the cleanup company hired by the Navy was found to have falsified radiation data from soil samples, the Navy hired them again, with a $10 million contract.

Aftergood, Steven. “DoD Again Seeks FOIA Exemption for Military Doctrine,” Federation of American Scientists, March 15, 2016.  Significance:  DoD wants Congress to enact a new exemption from the Freedom of Information Act for military tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as rules of engagement, that are unclassified but considered sensitive.

Robinson, Chetanya. “War games coming to a park near you,” Crosscut, March 15, 2016.  Significance:  Virginia Painter, communications director for Washington State Parks, said the public doesn’t need to be told about Navy training in state parks, which she [said] have been going on for at least the past eight years.

Fellman, Sam. “Navy airplane flew over Midwest with ‘Trump’ call sign,” Navy Times, March 15, 2016. Significance: Use of false identification by aircraft is prohibited, and covered in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations in 3 places. Further, federal employees engaging in political activity on official time are in violation of the federal Hatch Act.

Stolarcyk, Emily. “Defending Alaska From the Department of Defense,” Greenpeace, March 11, 2016.

McDermott, Jennifer. “Military to check for water contamination at 664 sites,” Associated Press The Big Story, March 10, 2016. (Inventory of state by state crash training sites where contamination may be found: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2755131-List-of-military-fire-and-crash-training-sites.html)

Kinnucan, Michelle. “Military combat training does not belong in our parks and nonmilitary lands,” Real Change, March 9, 2016.

MIttan, Kyle. “Navy shows interest in Twin Harbor state parks land for training,” Aberdeen Daily World, March 9, 2016.

LaMothe, Dan. “Veil of secrecy lifted on Pentagon office planning ‘Avatar’ fighters and drone swarms,” Washington Post, March 8, 2016.

LaMothe, Dan. “Watch Perdix, the secretive Pentagon program dropping tiny drones from jets,” Washington Post, March 8, 2016.

Bermant, Charlie. “Port of Port Townsend to discuss Navy request for Mats Mats boat ramp at meeting Wednesday,” Peninsula Daily News, March 8, 2016.

Jamail, Dahr. “Exclusive: Navy Secretly Conducting Electromagnetic Warfare Training on Washington Roads,” Truthout, March 7, 2016.  Global Research March 11.

Person, Daniel. “As Navy Expands Training in Washington, Some Residents Feel Left in the Wake,” Seattle Weekly, March 1, 2016.

FEBRUARY 2016

McDaniel, Chris. “Activists seek national attention on Navy’s electronic warfare training plans for Peninsula,” Peninsula Daily News, February 29, 2016.

Jackson, Kathleen. “LETTER: Military Takeover,” Peninsula Daily News, February 25, 2016.

KOMO staff. “Shaking along coast Tuesday wasn’t an earthquake, seismologists say,” KOMO TV, February 24, 2016. Significance: It was Navy jets. Expect many more sonic booms.

Waters, Alea. “LETTER: Militarization of the Olympic Peninsula,” Port Townsend Leader, February 24, 2016.

Reed, Kathy. “Capt. Geoffrey Moore takes helm of NAS Whidbey Island,” Whidbey Daily News, February 22, 2016.

Filipoff, Dmitry. “Distributed Lethality Week,” CIMSEC, (series of articles) February 23, 2016.

Wong, Kristina. “Key House Dem open to more defense spending,” The Hill, February 22, 2016. Significance: It’s Rep. Adam Smith, (D-WA).

LaGrone, Sam. “WEST: U.S. Navy Anti-Ship Tomahawk Set for Surface Ships, Subs Starting in 2021,” USNI News, February 18, 2016. Significance: Three Tomahawk missile storage facilities to be built on Indian Island, Puget Sound. 

Barrie, Allison. “DARPA’s unmanned sub-hunter set to revolutionize naval warfare,” Fox News, February 18, 2016.

Ashton, Adam. “On all fronts: Army and Navy forge ahead with training plans for Northwest forests despite loud opposition,” The News Tribune, February 13, 2016. Bellingham Herald, February 17.

Staff. “Military in CNMI Avoiding the rules – Pagan Watch,” Radio New Zealand, February 17, 2016.

Reuters. “Boeing, U.S. Navy working on fixes for F/A-18 pilot oxygen issues,” Reuters News Service, February 12, 2013.

Shinkman, Paul. “Inside the Pentagon’s Slush Fund,” US News and World Report, February 12, 2016. Significance: Obama’s inability to eliminate the “OCO” budget leaves war planners awash with unregulated money.

NBC News. “Sonic booms rattle Southwest Florida,” Naples Daily News, February 11, 2016.  Significance: It’s the Navy.

Raybon, Susy. “Pacific Northwest and Boeing big winners in military budget,” The Examiner, February 10, 2016.

Chan, Dennis B. “Groups intend to sue Navy, feds,” Saipan Tribune, February 10, 2016. Significance: The Navy is not following the law and did not consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Gould, Joe. “US Senators Offer Bill To Speed Electronic Warfare Development,” Defense News, February 8, 2016.

LaMothe, Dan. “Why drone swarms will buzz to the forefront in the new Pentagon budget,” Washington Post, February 8, 2016.

Hauton, Chris and Leighton, Tim. “Man-made underwater sound may have wider ecosystem effects than previously thought,” Nature (summary at Phys dot org), February 5, 2016.

Kheel, Rebecca. “Navy investigating rise of health issues among fighter jet pilots,” The Hill, February 4, 2016.

Gray, Sarah. “Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?” Truthout, February 4, 2016.

Romero-Ortega, Mario, PhD. “Study Uncovers How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees,” University of Texas at Dallas, February 3, 2016.  Full study with abstract here.

Sullivan, Karen. “LETTER: Not anti-military, anti-bully,” Port Townsend Leader, February 3, 2016.

Wong, Kristina. “Pentagon chief unveils plan to buy more ships, aircraft and munitions,” The Hill, February 3, 2016.

Gertz, Emily. “Noise Pollution May Be Harming the World’s Most Endangered Killer Whales,” TakePart, February 2, 2016.

JANUARY 2016

US Department of Justice (Source). “U.S. Navy Officer Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Selling Classified Ship Schedules as Part of Navy Bribery Probe,” e-News Park Forest, January 29, 2016.

Shay, Jim. “Sonic booms rattle part of SW CT,” CT Post, January 29, 2016. Significance: It’s the Navy. 

Staff. “US Navy unmanned system passes tests on submersible,” GPSWorld, January 29, 2016. Significance: These are unmanned underwater drones for the “Strike Planning and Execution System.” 

Zimmer, Russ. “Sonic boom: Why didn’t the Navy warn anybody?” Asbury Park News, January 29, 2016. Subhead: “Good news: Any damage from the rumblings may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance.”

Capaccio, Anthony. “New U.S Navy Ship Struggles in Test to Fend Off Attacking Boats,” Bloomberg News, January 29, 2016. Similar story on CNNQuotes: “…significant reliability problems.”  In tests at sea, the Coronado’s crew “had difficulty keeping the ship operational as it suffered repeated failures of the ship’s diesel generators, water jets and air conditioning unit.”

Assis, Claudia. “U.S. Navy awards Boeing $2.5 billion contract,” MarketWatch, January 28, 2016. Also see: Navy Contracts — January 28, 2016.

Staff. “Navy: Fighter jets’ sonic booms cause tremors in Tristate area,” Fox5 TV News, January 28, 2016.

Einiger, Josh. “NAVY SAYS AIRCRAFT TESTING MAY HAVE CAUSED SONIC BOOMS, GROUND SHAKING IN NEW JERSEY AND LONG ISLAND,” Eyewitness News, January 28, 2016. Similar story on ABC Action News.  Significance: Navy would not admit its jets caused nine sonic booms until a media firestorm, then called the testing “routine.” News quote: “These weren’t earthquakes, they were sonic booms, and they disrupted the lives of thousands of people [in three states.]”

Stack, Liam. “Thunderous Noises on East Coast Were Sonic Booms, Navy Says,” New York Times, January 28, 2016. Similar stories in Defense World, CNN, (with video of a garage door shaking,) New York Daily NewsChristian Science MonitorHuffington Post and at least 282 other news reports.

Whitlock, Craig. “The admiral in charge of Navy intelligence has not been allowed to see military secrets for years,” Washington Post, January 28, 2016.

Whitlock, Craig. “Navy commander to plead guilty in corruption case involving Lady Gaga tickets, prostitutes and military secrets,” Washington Post, January 28, 2016.

Ray, Derek. “Road-trip Washington State’s national parks: Must-sees in Olympic, Mount Rainier and North Cascades,” San Diego Reader, January 28, 2016.

Whitlock, Craig. “Epic Navy bribery scandal shows how easy it can be to steal military secrets,” Washington Post, January 21, 2016.

Desvarieux, Jessica. “Navy Schedules War Games in Washington State With No Public Disclosure,” The Real News Network, January 19, 2016.

DiGirolamo, Mike. “New study identifies acoustic sanctuaries for marine mammals,” Mongabay, January 15, 2016.

Verse, Scott. “Navy starts 2016 by pinging in the pool,” Beam Reach (Marine Science and Sustainability School) January 14, 2016.

Vaughn, Debra. “Navy considers Whidbey Island for special forces SEAL training,” Whidbey Island news-Times, January 15, 2016.

Reed, Kathy. “Proposal could put Navy SEALS on Whidbey Island for training,” Whidbey Daily, January 14, 2016.

Ashton, Adam. “Navy confirms it’s developing plan for more SEAL training in Puget Sound,” Tacoma News-Tribune, January 13, 2015 and Bellingham Herald, January 13, 2015.

Associated Press. “Navy wants to expand park training sites in Puget Sound area,” King5 TV, January 13, 2016.

Arthur, Allison. “Navy special forces use state parks for training,” Port Townsend Leader, January 13, 2016.

Wilson, Scott. “War Games,” Port Townsend Leader, January 13, 2016.

Baurick, Tristan. “Navy using Kitsap public parks for training,” Kitsap Sun, January 12, 2016.

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy: SEALs could train on Peninsula sites, but idea in ‘beginning planning stages’,” Peninsula Daily News, January 12, 2016 and North Kitsap Herald, January 14, 2015.

KIRO TV. “Navy SEAL training could take place in public parks,” KIRO TV, January 12, 2016.

Ashton, Adam. “Documents: Navy considering SEAL training at Point Defiance, state parks,” Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian, January 12, 2015. Military dot com on January 13, 2016.

Staff. “Navy SEAL training could take place in public parks,” KIRO-7 TV News, January 12, 2016.

Jamail, Dahr. “Navy Uses US Citizens as Pawns in Domestic War Games,” Truthout, January 11, 2016. Global Research, January 14, 2016.

Gottleib, Paul. “Forest Service crafting responses to thousands of comments on naval electronic warfare exercises plan,” Peninsula Daily News, January 8, 2016.

 

2015

DECEMBER 2015

Somerville, Diana. “Peering into the Navy’s Pier Plans,” Daily Kos, December 23, 2015.

Gould, Joe. “Congress Includes $572.7B for DoD in Spending Bill,” Defense News, December 16, 2015.

Friedrich, Ed. “Navy seeks injunction to prevent document release,” Kitsap Sun, December 15, 2016.

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

Baurick, Tristan. “Olympic National Park in need of funding boost, study finds,” Kitsap Sun, December 10, 2015.

Pomerleau, Mark. “DOD could declare the spectrum a domain of warfare,” DefenseSystems, December 10, 2015. (See also Nov. 2 post on backpack electronic warfare devices)

Freedberg, Sydney. “DoD CIO Says Spectrum May Become Warfighting Domain,” Breaking Defense, December 9, 2015.

McDermott, Jennifer. “States throw money at military bases to keep them open,” Associated Press, December 9, 2015.

Gertz, Emily. “A Seventh Baby Is Born to the World’s Most Endangered Killer Whales,” TakePart, December 7, 2015. (See also “What’s Killing These Critically Endangered Whales?” December 2014.)

Casey, James. “Navy issues draft environmental assessment of Ediz Hook pier proposal; public meeting slated for Jan. 12,” Peninsula Daily News, December 1, 2015.

NOVEMBER 2015

Matishak, Martin. “Why Can’t the Pentagon Audit Its Books? The Excuses Pile Up,” Fiscal Times, November 30, 2015.

Lendon, Brad and Cohen, Zachary. “U.S. Military’s Holiday Wish List,” CNN Politics, November 30, 2015.

Hennigan, WJ. “US Air Force hires civilian drone pilots for combat patrols; critics question legality,” Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2015.

Gady, Franz-Stefan. “US Navy’s Prototype Robot Ship Gets New Sonar,” The Diplomat, November 24, 2015.

Keller, John. “Navy orders 15 more Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic warfare (EW) jets to attack enemy radar,” Intelligent Aerospace, November 23, 2015.

Cloughley, Brian. “Why US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is the Biggest Threat to World Peace,” CounterPunch, November 20, 2015.

Lindsay, Bethany. “Three fin whale deaths together on B.C. coast cause concern,” Vancouver Sun, November 19, 2015.

FSEEE. “National Forest Battle Zones,” Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, November 19, 2015.

Matishak, Martin. “The $43 Million Gas Station: Why We Need to Audit the Pentagon,” The Fiscal Times, November 17, 2015.

Meister, Jake. “Preliminary Design Review Completed for Next-Generation Attack System,” Product Design and Development, November 17, 2015.

Jamail, Dahr. “Navy Expands Domestic War Games, Despite Public Concern Over Alleged Illegalities,” Truthout, November 16, 2015.

Le, Phuong. “Fisheries Service approves Navy plan to expand sonar testing, other warfare training in area waters,” Peninsula Daily News, November 13, 2015.

Green, Nick. “Restricted airspace off LAX triggers speculation about another missile test,” The Daily Breeze, November 12, 2015.

Barclay, Connie. “NOAA issues regulations to protect marine mammals in Navy’s NW training and testing study area,” NOAA news release, November 12, 2015.

Serna, Joseph. “Military exercises extend LAX’s late-night flyovers in South L.A.,” Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2015.

Associated Press. “Federal council to look at sonar, explosives testing dispute,” The News Tribune and Washington Times, November 11, 2015.

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy ends consultation on historic resources in sonar, explosives testing zone that includes Strait of Juan de Fuca,” Peninsula Daily News, November 10, 2015.

Hennigan, WJ and Serna, Joseph. “Here’s a look at the Pentagon’s images of the rocket launch that rattled California,” Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2015.

Hennigan, William. “Navy launches second test missile off Southern California coast,” Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2015.

Therolf, Garrett, Hennigan, WJ and Grad, Shelby.  “Mystery light above L.A. brings fear, anger and questions,” Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2015.

Wong, Kristina. “Experts alarmed at ‘strains’ on aircraft-carrier fleet,” The Hill, November 8, 2015.

Editors. “Olympic Peninsula: Crucial Site of an Historic Battle to Protect America’s Natural Heritage,” State of the Nation, November 7, 2015.

McDaniel, Chris. “Navy, National Park Service to work together to monitor jet noise over Olympic National Park,” Peninsula Daily News, November 6, 2015.

Henkin, David. “New Navy Agreement Means Dolphins Won’t Die in Vain,” Earthjustice, November 5, 2015.

Ashton, Adam. “Army plan for helicopter training in Cascades draws fire from recreation industry,” Tacoma News Tribune, November 4, 2015.

McCaney, Kevin. “Marines award $73.2M deal for backpack electronic warfare devices,” DefenseSystems, November 2, 2015.

Dent, Millie. “U.S. Wastes More Than $40 Million on a Gas Station in Afghanistan,” The Fiscal Times, November 2, 2015.

News release. “Northrop to develop SEWIP B3 electronic warfare system for US Navy,” Naval Technology, November 2, 2015. Related: “USN Ship Protection: From “Slick 32s” to SEWIP,” Defense Industry Daily, October 7, 2015.

OCTOBER 2015

Jamail, Dahr. “Unlawful and Fatally Flawed’: U.S. Navy to Conduct Dangerous War Games Over National Forest,” Alternate, October 30, 2015.

Graham, David A. “Have You Seen This Blimp?” The Atlantic, October 28, 2015. (This is a little off-topic but was too interesting not to share.)

Maass, Ryan. “U.S. Navy awards Boeing Growler modification contract,” United Press International, October 27, 2015. Significance: costs $897,530,175 for electronic aerial attack kits.

Jamail, Dahr. “Did the US Navy Break Federal Laws to Push War Games Over National Forests?” Truthout, October 26, 2015.

Matishak, Martin. “Yet Another Costly F-35 Glitch That Won’t Be Fixed Any Time Soon,” The Fiscal Times, October 22, 2015.

Whitlock, Craig. “Powerful admiral punishes suspected whistleblowers, still gets promotion,” Washington Post, October 21, 2015.

McDaniel, Chris. “Petition with 110,000 signed hard copies against U.S. Navy plans delivered to Forest Service office,” Peninsula Daily News, October 8, 2015.

Vaughn, Debra. “Lawmakers urge military not to evict WIC from NAS Whidbey,” Whidbey Island Times, October 7, 2015.

Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs. “Northwest Training and Testing Final EIS is available to public,” Kitsap Sun, October 7, 2015.

Ahearn, Ashley. “Critics Say Whales Put At Risk By Navy Testing Plan,” KUOW Radio, October 4, 2015.

Westneat, Danny. “Our state’s greatest gift to the nation just got canceled,” Seattle Times, October 2, 2015.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Jennewein, Chris. “Navy Moving 3 San Diego Destroyers to Pacific Northwest,” Times of San Diego, September 30, 2015.

Larter, David. “Lawsuit blames Navy, ship CO for helo pilots’ deaths,” Military Times, September 26, 2015.

Wagaman, Andrew. “Albright College professor scores victory over Navy on sonar training,” Reading Eagle, September 24, 2015.

Public notice. “Brace for loud noises, explosions near Crescent Harbor on North Whidbey,” South Whidbey Record, September 22, 2015.

Polmar, Norman. “Op-ed: Navy needs new intel bosses now,” Navy Times, September 19, 2015.

Underoth, Alana. “City of Sequim Roundup: Officials visit Naval Air Station, approve sign code,” Sequim Gazette, September 18, 2015.

Schoffstall, Joe. “IG: Nearly Half Of Navy Contracts Did Not Comply With Buy American Rules,” Washington Free Beacon, September 17, 2015.  [NOTE: not completely unrelated to this old news story: on the day before 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to announce that the military was unable to track 25% of its spending, or $2.3 trillion dollars. He called it a matter of life and deathWatch the CBS News video.  Transcript here.]

Morell, Virginia. “U.S. Navy to limit sonar testing to protect whales,” Science Magazine, September 16, 2015.

McDaniel, Chris. “Sequim City Council hears complaints about Navy aircraft noise,” Peninsula Daily News, September 15, 2015.

Knoblauch, Jennifer. “Navy Sonar Settlement Brings Historic Win for Whales,” EarthJustice, September 14, 2015.

Rice, Arwyn. “Olympic Peninsula climbing ranks in USA Today’s online contest for best scenic fall drive,” Peninsula Daily News, September 15, 2015.

Davenport, Christian. “Pentagon weapons tester calls F-35 evaluation into question,” Washington Post, September 15, 2015.

McAskill, Ewan. “Royal Navy aims to put laser ‘death ray’ on ships by 2020,” (with video of US Navy 30-KW laser in action) The Guardian, September 15, 2015.

Knoblauch, Jessica. “NAVY SONAR SETTLEMENT BRINGS HISTORIC WIN FOR WHALES,” EarthJustice, September 14, 2015.

Vine, David. “The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History, and it’s doing us more harm than good,” The Nation, September 14, 2015.

Marx, Gene. “Outraged at Navy plan for training site,” Bellingham Herald (LTE) September 7, 2015.

Shalal, Andrea. “Cyber missions could fuel Boeing EA-18G orders: U.S. Navy chief,” Business Insider, September 3, 2015.

Physics dot org. “New international standards needed to manage ocean noise,” Duke University, September 1, 2015.

AUGUST 2015

Mellino, Cole. “30 Whales Have Died Off the Coast of Alaska and No One Knows Why,” EcoWatch, August 21, 2015.  Significance: while a toxic algae bloom on the West Coast is one of the largest ever seen, no tissue samples have yielded those toxins. It is doubtful that whale carcasses were fresh enough for evaluation of delicate ear tissue for acoustic damage to occur. NOAA is calling it an “Unusual Mortality Event.” Speculation: While Navy sonar can kill, it is also possible that sonar simply added more stress to already-stressed animals and pushed them away from normal feeding areas.

Rosen, Yereth. “Mysterious deaths of Gulf of Alaska whales trigger stepped-up investigation,” Alaska Dispatch News, August 20, 2015.

WCAA Board. “An Open Letter to the US Navy,” Veterans for Peace, August 21, 2015.

Milner, Glen. “Is Navy taking safety seriously?” Kitsap Sun, August 20, 2015.

Vox News VIDEO: “Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?” Vox News, August 16, 2015.

Dickie, Gloria. “A military proposal to use more public lands riles locals in Washington,” High Country News, August 15, 2015.

Munsil, Leigh and Wright, Austin. “Is Lockheed Martin too big to fail?” Politico, August 12, 2015. Significance: Lockheed has made itself dominant on Capitol Hill – with defense jobs in virtually every state.

Associated Press. “Federal judge decides against injunction sought over Navy jet practice on Whidbey Island,” Peninsula Daily News, August 12, 2015.

Editorial Board. “The Pentagon’s Dangerous Views on the Wartime Press,” New York Times, August 10, 2015.

Ratnam, Gopal. “How a government agency is seeding a generation of startups,” Upstart Business Journal, August 9, 2015.

Everett Herald Editorial Board. “No helicopters in the wilderness,” Everett Herald, August 9, 2015.

Singer, PW and Cole, August. “How Fiction Can Reveal the Horror of Future Wars,” Wired, August 7, 2015.

Meyers, John Speed. “The real problem with strikes on Mainland China,” War on the Rocks, August 4, 2015.

Harte, Julia. “Pentagon remains stubbornly unable to account for its billions,” Center for Public Integrity, August 3, 2015.

Drabold, Will. “State senators want investigation of Commissioner Goldmark over ‘low’ lease deal,” Seattle Times, August 1, 2015.

JULY 2015

Smyth, Frank. “In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies,” CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), July 31, 2015.

Axe, David. “America’s fancy new fighter jet stinks at fighting. And the U.S. Navy doesn’t care,” The Week, July 30, 2015.

Kelly, Brian. “Boeing’s Growler Program Manager Optimistic About Line’s Future,” CBS, July 29, 2015.

Otárola, Miguel. “Little seabird’s advocates hope protection plan is near,” Seattle Times, July 28, 2015.

D’Oro, Rachel. “Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery,” Bellingham Herald, July 27, 2015. Note: In addition to other reasons being speculated on by scientists, the Navy was in the Gulf of Alaska conducting war games and sonar exercises during the period when these 18 whales died.

Vine, David. “Don’t Just Close Bases at Home, Close Them Overseas,” New York Times, July 27, 2015.

Jamail, Dahr. “Sounds of War: Navy Warplanes Producing Deadly Noise Around US Air Bases,” Truthout, July 27, 2015.

Editorial Board. “Military Cutbacks Make Sense,” New York Times, July 24, 2015.

Berger, Erin. “Welcome to the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.,” OutsideOnline, July 23, 2015.

Beauchamp, Scott. “The US military’s trillion-dollar boondoggle,” Aljazeera, July 20, 2014.

Mandel, Charles. “Gitga’at students use acoustic mapping to fight Enbridge tankers,” National Observer, July 20, 2015. Significance: Emerging science and public awareness of the use of acoustic mapping to assess the health of ecosystems.

Kreiger, Michael. “General Wesley Clark Suggests Putting “Disloyal Americans” in Internment Camps,” LibertyBlitzkrieg, July 20, 2015.

Freedberg, Sydney J. “Army’s Electronic Warfare Cupboard is bare: No Jammer Until 2023,” Breaking Defense, Julu 20, 2015.

Bernton, Hal. “Army eyes North Cascades for helicopter training,” Seattle Times, July 19, 2015 (updated July 20.)

Whitlock, Craig. “Three U.S. naval officers censured in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption probe,” New York Times, July 17, 2015.

Eckstein, Megan. “Pentagon Asks Congress to Reverse Decision to Add 12 Super Hornets for Navy,” USNI News, July 17, 2015.

KIRO TV. “VIDEO: Neighbors protest against noise pollution caused by jets,” July 15, 2015.

Shalal, Andrea and Krauskopf, Lewis (for Reuters) “Lockheed to buy United Tech’s Sikorsky for over $8 billion,” News Daily, July 20, 2015. Significance: confirms Lockheed’s dominance in weapons making and giving the Black Hawk helicopter to the maker of the F-35 fighter jet.

News release. “Army Proposes Helicopter Training Over Much of North Cascades,” Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, July 14, 2015.

Horazdovsky, Kortnie. “5 more dead whales found in Alaska waters since June; total 14 dead,” KTUU TV, July 10, 2015.

Stamper, Marcy. “Army considers helicopter training in Methow Valley,” Method Valey News, July 9, 2015.

Associated Press. “Army Announces Troop Cuts, Says They Could Expand,” New York Times, July 9, 2015.

Trevithick, Joseph. “No, the F-35 can’t fight at long range, either,” War is Boring, July 9, 2015.

Robertson, Jordan, “Inside the Pentagon’s Boot Camp for Cyberwarriors,” Bloomberg Business, July 9, 2015.

Drabold, Will and Ashton, Adam. “Has Navy gone too far in expansion plans across western Washington, including attempts to restrict development on Hood Canal?” Peninsula Daily News (reprint of two articles), July 5, 2015.

Astore, William. “Let’s Face it, America, We’re Addicted to War,” War Is Boring, July 1, 2015. (Originally appeared in TomDispatch as “Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic,” June 28, 2015.)

Villahermosa, Cherrie Anne. “NMI consultants: Military not above the law; draft EIS not in compliance with law,” Marianas Variety, July 1, 2015.

JUNE 2015

Restino, Carey. “Navy urged to change practice time, place,” Homer Tribune, June 30, 2015.

Ashton, Adam. “Navy enjoys Northwest building spree but faces lawsuits and other challenges,” The Olympian, June 30, 2015.

Ashton, Adam. “Outpouring of criticism, fears led state to reconsider Navy plans for Olympic forests,” The Olympian, June 30, 2015.

Gheorghiu, Iulia. “The Navy’s Scheme to Pay for a New Submarine Fleet,” Project on Government Oversight, June 30, 2015.

Editorial Board. “Preventing a Space War,” New York Times, June 29, 2015.

Mercola, Joseph. “The Effects of Noise Pollution to Your Health,” Port O Call, June 29, 2015.

Gallant, Connie. “A Walk for the Park,” Daily Kos, June 27, 2015.

Hughes, Zachariah. “Northern Edge’ Marred By Communication Problems,” KSKA-Anchorage and Alaska Public Media, June 25, 2015.

Bowman, Bonney. “Navy warship docks in Anchorage port as war games wrap up,” KTVA Alaska, June 24, 2015.

Mattraw, Mitch and North, L.T. “Navy’s Decibels and EMFs Spark Citizen Protests in Washington State,” Olympic Peninsula Watch, June 21, 2015. (Accompanied by this video.)

Cave, James. “Mysterious Whale Deaths In Alaska Baffle Scientists,” Huffington Post, June 20, 2015.

Feltman, Rachel. “Endangered whales are dying off in Alaska, and scientists are racing to discover why,” Washington Post, June 20, 2015.

Barrie, Allison. “Drone swarms join the Navy,” Fox News, June 19, 2016.

Goodman, Amy. “Bombing the Arctic: US Navy War Games in Gulf of Alaska Threaten One of World’s Most Pristine Areas,” Democracy Now, June 16, 2015.

Perlman, David. “Diving expedition yields trove of new species for Cal Academy,” SFGate, June 12, 2015.

McCurry, Justin. “Pacific islanders try to stop US military’s plans for a simulated war zone,” The Guardian, June 11, 2015.

Japan Times. “Residents near Futenma base in Okinawa win ¥754 million in damages over noise,” June 11, 2015.

Council for a Livable World. “U.S. House Amendment $3.5 Billion Slush Fund for the U.S. Navy,” June 11, 2015.

Wemple, Eric. “Judge orders release of Pentagon records in Jason Leopold FOIA case,” Washington Post, June 11, 2015.

Smithberger, Mandy. “Navy Officials May Have Illegally Lobbied on Sub Fund,” Project on Government Oversight, June 9, 2015.

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy offers new option for proposed Port Angeles submarine escort pier,” Peninsula Daily News, June 8, 2015.

Wright, Austin and Ewing, Philip. “Did Obama’s pick to head Navy break lobbying law?” Politico, June 8, 2015.

Gottleib, Paul. “State public lands commissioner calls for more study on Navy electronic warfare range plan,” Peninsula Daily News, June 7, 2015.

Rosen, Yereth. “On edge: Planned Gulf of Alaska military exercise stirs opposition in coastal towns,” Alaska Dispatch News, June 4, 2015.

Karlin, Mark. “US Military Expansion in Africa Is About Domination and Exploitation, Not Humanitarian Concerns,” Truthout, June 2, 2015.

MAY 2015

Cave, James. “The Pentagon Wants To Bomb The Hell Out Of This Tiny Pacific Island,” Huffington Post, May 29, 2015.

MacGill, Markus. “Link observed between waist size and noise pollution,” Medical News Today, May 26, 2015. From a study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine within the BMJ (British medical Journal.)

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy considering fourth site possibility for submarine escort dock in Port Angeles,” Peninsula Daily News, May 26, 2015.

Gallant, Connie. “Bombing the Gulf of Alaska,” Daily Kos, May 23, 2015.

Beckman, Karel. “Why Shell can’t quit the Arctic,” Independent Energy Post, May 22, 2015.

Berend, Candice. “Jade Helm 15 Is Not a Federal Takeover: It’s Domestic Military Expansion,” Truthout, May 22, 2015.

Jamail, Dahr. “Destroying What Remains,” Huffington Post. On Truthout.  On Tom Dispatch. May 21, 2015.

Bowman, Bonney. “Murkowski mediates conflict between Alaska fishermen, Navy,” KTVA Alaska, May 20, 2015.

Kaipat, Cinta M. “Our greatest mission is upon us,” Saipan Tribune (Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands,) May 19, 2015.

News desk. “Citizens Ask Island County commissioners to halt ‘irreparable injury’ from
jets,” The Islands’ Weekly, May 18, 2015.

Gottleib, Paul. “Flood of public comments pushes back Navy plans for electronic warfare testing on Peninsula,” Peninsula Daily News, May 17, 2015.

Associated Press. “Comments delay Navy expansion of electronic-warfare training on Olympic Peninsula,” AP and Oregon Live, May 17, 2015.

Cloud, David S. “Island of Pagan opposes plan to use it for Marine invasion training,” Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2015.

Coupeville citizens. “Island County Board of County Commissioners Hears From COER,” May 16, 2015. (comments by Ken Pickard, Maryon Attwood, Jan Pickard, Michael
Monson, Cate Andrews)

Arkin, William. “You Should Be Angry About Jade Helm Even If You’re Not Crazy,” Gawker, May 13, 2015.

Ashton, Adam. “Rep. Derek Kilmer seeking a “neutral” review of military jet noise over Olympic National Park,” The News Tribune, May 13, 2015.  Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/05/13/3789435/rep-derek-kilmer-seeking-a-neutral.html#storylink=cpy

Dr. Martin Pall Interview (short) Navy’s Electromagnetic Emitters and
Health Effects,” Olympic Peninsula Watch, May 12, 2015.

Connelly, Joel. “Is noise from Navy jets a threat to Olympic National Park? Rep. Derek Kilmer wants soundings,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 11, 2015.

Harkinson, Josh. “Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones,” Mother Jones, May 11, 2015.

Miller, Carol. “Why Are So-Called Progressives Defending Special Ops Training?” Counterpunch, May 11, 2015.

Harte, Julia. “The Fraud of War: U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts,” Slate, May 5, 2015.

Pinaroc, Joel D. “Military could reduce area of bomb targets on Pagan,” Saipan Tribune, (Commonwealth of the Marianas Islands,) May 4, 2015.

APRIL 2015

Markovitch, Matt. “Lawsuit: Loud Navy planes are causing depression, anxiety,” KOMO News.com, April 28, 2015.

Bernton, Hal. “Whidbey citizens group in Court over Navy Growlers noise,” Seattle Times, April 27, 2015.

Gottleib, Paul. “Olympic National Park sees 10 Percent Jump In Visitors,” Peninsula Daily News, April 24, 2015.

Kilmer, Derek. “Fix broken defense contracting,” Seattle Times, April 23, 2015.

Gallant, Connie. “Navy War Games over Olympic National Park and Forest,” Daily Kos, April 21, 2015.

Cave, James. “NOAA Proposes Removing Most Humpback Whales From Endangered Species List,” Huffington Post, April 21, 2015.

McDaniel, Chris. “Navy still examining pursuit of permit for using Department of Natural Resources lands in electronic warfare training,” Peninsula Daily News, April 16, 2015.

Atherton, Kelsey D. “The Navy wants anti-drone lasers on trucks,” Popular Science, April 16, 2015.

Henkin, David. “Whales blow hole in sonar plan,” Earthjustice, April 15, 2015.

Wellen, Russ. “How Aggression Went From an Act of War to a Pathology,” Foreign Policy in Focus, April 14, 2015.

Kinzer, Stephen. “The world of threats to the US is an illusion,” Boston Globe, April 12, 2015.

McDaniel, Chris. “State agency opting out, but it won’t delay Navy in pursuing electronic warfare project,” Peninsula Daily News, April 12, 2015.

Barnard, Jeff. “Feds to consider endangered species listing for spotted owl,” Seattle Times, April 8, 2015.

Bergstein, Al. “A new list of facts from the citizens at Ebey’s Landing,” Olympic Peninsula Environmental News, April 3, 2015.

Hasslinger, Tom. “Ocean Impact: Judge rules Navy training in Pacific violates laws meant to protect marine life,” The Garden Island, April 3, 2015.

Davenport, Christian. “Meet the most fascinating part of the F-35: The $400,000 helmet,” Washington Post, April 1, 2015.

Palmer, Brian. “A SILENT VICTORY: A federal judge stands up to the noisy navy for the sake of marine mammals,” On Earth (Natural Resources Defense Council) April 1, 2015.

EarthJustice. “COURT RULES NAVY TRAINING IN PACIFIC VIOLATES LAWS MEANT TO PROTECT WHALES, SEA TURTLES,” April 1, 2015.

Rogoway, Tyler. “Confessions Of A US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Officer,” Foxtrot Alpha, April 1, 2015.

Mcavoy, Audrey. “Judge: Navy’s Hawaii, California training plan inadequate,” Phys.org, April 1, 2015.

MARCH 2015

Bernton, Hal. “Conservancy buys $7M in timberland on Olympic Peninsula,” Seattle Times, March 31, 2015.

Martinez, Kimiko. “Court Rules Navy War Games Violate Law Protecting Whales and Dolphins; U.S. District Court deems that nearly 9.6 million underwater assaults on whales and dolphins were improperly assessed as “negligible,”” NRDC, March 31, 2015.

Nature Conservancy. “Nature Conservancy buys 3,184 acres on Hoh River,” March 31, 2015.

Harrison, Helene. “Letter: Reader researches Sooke booms in greater detail, and calls for action,” Sooke Pocket News (Canada,) March 26, 2015.

Opinion. “Congress Settles on 15 more Growlers,” Whidbey Island News-Times, March 21, 2015.

Harper, Jon. “Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise,” Stars and Stripes, March 21, 2015.

Harrison, Helene.  “All’s Not Quiet on the Western Front,” Rural Observer (Shirley, BC, Canada,) March 15, 2015. Page 3.

Editorial. “Forests Not the Place for Training,” (Everett) HeraldNet, March 10, 2015.

KVTZ Oregon. “Northwest congressmen to USFS: Listen more.” March 10, 2015.

Jamail, Dahr.  “Domestic Military Expansion Spreads Through the US, Ignites Dissent,” Truthout, March 9, 2015.

Harrison, Helene. “US Navy endangers humans and wildlife,” Focus Online magazine  (Canada,) March 10, 2015.

Reid, Janis. “Anti-Jet Group Appeals to Navy Brass,” Whidbey News-Times, March 4, 2015.

Harrison, Helene. “What do we risk for security?” Sooke News Mirror (Canada) March 4, 2015.

Linderoth, Alana and Nash, Matthew. “Electronic Warfare on City Council’s Radar,” Sequim Gazette, March 4, 2015.

Freedberg, Sydney J. “Navy, OSD Studies Could Save Boeing’s F-18 Line,” Breaking Defense, March 4, 2015.

Scott, Douglas, “Department of Natural Resources Denies Navy’s Electromagnetic Warfare Training on Olympic Peninsula,” The Outdoor Society, March 2, 2015.

Le, Phuong. “State not interested in letting Navy use land for exercises,” Kitsap Sun and Seattle Times, March 2, 2015.

Leach, Leah. “Electronic Warfare Training—Department of Natural Resources Says ‘not interested’ in Participating with Navy,” Peninsula Daily News, March 1, 2015.

FEBRUARY 2015

State Agency Won’t Let Navy Use Its Forest Roads for Electronic Warfare Training,” Sky Valley Chronicle, February 28, 2015.

Johnson, Nicholas. “DNR won’t let Navy use its roads for electronic warfare training,” Port Townsend Leader, February 27, 2015.

Freedberg, Sydney J. “Pentagon Launches Electronic Warfare Study: Growler Line At Stake,” Breaking Defense, February 27, 2015.

Osborn, Kris. “Navy Mulls Expanding Growler’s Future After Blanking EA-18G’s Budget,” Military.com, February 25, 2015.

Pennsylvania State University, “Students Use New Lab to Study How Sounds influence Human Health,” February 24, 2015.

Martin, Rachel. “Parks Service Surveys The Environment’s Accoustical Health,” NPR News, February 22, 2015.

King, Barbara J., “Can You Hear Nature’s Sounds?,” NPR, February 19, 2015 and “A Sound map of the United States” from NPR, February 2015.

Nordrum, Amy.  “National Park Service Maps Noise Pollution While Studying Effects On Visitors, Wildlife,” International Business Times, February 17, 2015.

National Parks Set Attendance Record for 2014; Olympic 6th Most Visited National Park in System,” Peninsula Daily News, February 17, 2015.

Solomon, Barbara. “Convert Washington’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site to a warfare training zone?” Sequim Gazette, February 16, 2015.

Sample, Ian, “Noise Pollution is Making Us Oblivious to the Sound of Nature, says Researcher,” The Guardian, February 16, 2015.

Casey, James. “Sequim City Council Hears Complaints Over Navy Growler Noise,” Peninsula Daily News, February 11, 2015.

Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (news release). “Forest Service to Revise Northwest Forest Plans,” FSEEE, February 11, 2015.

Davenport, Christian. “The Pentagon’s electromagnetic ‘rail gun’ makes its public debut,” Washington Post, February 6, 2015.

JANUARY 2015

Richards, Ron.  “An Electronic Warfare Range (EWR) Opponent’s Opinion of Derek Kilmer’s Town Hall Meeting”   Port O Call, January 29, 2015.

Gottleib, Paul. “Navy unveils plans for pier, facilities on Port Angeles’ Ediz Hook,” Peninsula Daily News, January 29, 2015.

Summers, D.J.  “NOAA rejects nomination for Aleutian Islands sanctuary,” Alaska Journal, January 28, 2015.

EIN Military Industry Today Electronic Warfare Newsfeed (multiple articles)

Associated Press. “Navy sonar devices could signal threat to whales and other marine animals,” The Guardian, January 25, 2015.

Le, Phuong. “Navy wants to deploy more sonar-emitting buoys,” Seattle Times, January 25. 2015.

Casey, James. “Kilmer Faces Foes of Navy’s Peninsula Plans; Congressman Says He’ll Take Their Concerns to D.C.,” Peninsula Daily News, January 24, 2015.

Johnson, Nicholas. “Kilmer gets an earful on Navy plan at PT Town Hall,” Port Townsend Leader, January 21, 2015.

Bermant, Charlie. “Rep. Kilmer Fields Concerns Over Electronic Warfare Training During Port Townsend Meeting,” Peninsula Daily News, January 19, 2015.

Houston, Will. “Public discusses marine life impacts from proposed Navy testing plans,” Eureka Times-Standard, January 16, 2015.

FSEEE. “Olympic War Exercises Decision Delayed,” Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, January 16, 2015.

Castleman, Amanda. “The quietest place in the US,” BBC Travel, January 15, 2015.

Whitlock, Craig. “Defense contractor pleads guilty in massive bribery case,” Washington Post, January 15, 2015.

Zimmer, Carl. “Ocean life faces mass extinction, broad study says,” New York Times, January 15, 2015.

Attwood, Maryon. “Navy plans are not in sync with values of Puget Sound region,” Port Townsend leader, January 14, 2015.

Taylor, Ellen. “Navy vs Fish at the Wharfinger,” Eureka Times-Standard, January 14, 2015.

Ahearn, Ashley. “Will Sonobuoys in the Pacific Help the Navy But Harm Whales?,” Earthfix, January 13, 2015.

Unknown. “Whidbey Navy jet noise stirs grumbles from Vancouver Island residents,” Peninsula Daily News, January 13, 2015.

Ahearn, Ashley. “Navy Seeks Permits To Expand Testing Off Northwest Coast,” EarthFix News, January 12, 2015.

KXRO Radio. “Military aircraft will be seen, and heard, near Elma [Grays Harbor],” KXRO Radio, January 12, 2015.

Houston, Will. “Eureka to host public meeting on Navy weapons testing, training update,” Eureka Times-Standard, January 12, 2015.

Monbiot, George. “How whales change climate,” Monbiot.com, January 10, 2015.

Richards, Ronald. “Comments on Navy’s Intended War Games,” Port O Call, January 8, 2015.

Botta, Nancy. “Council Considers Response to Additional Growler Jets on Vimeo,” RainDagger Productions, January 6, 2015.

Bermant, Charlie. “Port Townsend City Council to complain about Navy process with Growlers, electronic warfare range,” Peninsula Daily News, January 6, 2015.

Excerpt from Oregonian. “Navy considers more sonobuoys off Pacific Coast,” Eureka Times-Standard, January 4, 2015.

Francis, Mike. “Navy modifies environmental impact statement for offshore training, invites comment,” The Oregonian, January 2, 2015.

Stockholm, Sarah, “Waging Electromagnetic Warfare on the Olympic Peninsula: Wars Abroad Begin with Training at Home,” G.I. Voice/Coffee Strong, Winter 2015, p.4.

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