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Top CENTCOM Marine: 2012 Benghazi Attack Changed USMC Roles in Africa and Middle East

Top CENTCOM Marine: 2012 Benghazi Attack Changed USMC Roles in Africa and Middle East

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A Marine provides an over watch for Marines conducting vehicle inspections at the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, during a training exercise March 7, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

A Marine provides an over watch for Marines conducting vehicle inspections at the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, during a training exercise March 7, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three Americans in his security detail during an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012 has created a new normal for the Marine Corps and new means to operate in the Middle East and Africa, the senior Marine at Central Command said on Wednesday. Read More

Navy and Marines Still Unclear How Army Will Fit Into Pacific Pivot

Navy and Marines Still Unclear How Army Will Fit Into Pacific Pivot

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A US Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during deck qualification in the Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2013. US Army Photo

A US Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during deck qualification in the Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2013. US Army Photo

The key to success for operations in the Pacific is mobility, but having sufficient resources to meet the vast requirements—even for training—across the next five years is in serious question. Read More

Navy and Coast Guard Eyeing 3D Printing

Navy and Coast Guard Eyeing 3D Printing

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A ship model created using additive manufacturing, a process both the Coast Guard and Navy are investigating. US Navy Photo

A ship model created using additive manufacturing, a process both the Coast Guard and Navy are investigating. US Navy Photo

The Navy and Coast Guard are getting closer to incorporating additive manufacturing — commonly known as 3D printing — into their respective services, Navy and U.S. Coast Guard officials said during a panel discussion at the Navy League’s 2014 Sea Air Space exhibition at National Harbor, Md. on Tuesday. Read More

How U.S. Sea Services Plan to Operate Forward

How U.S. Sea Services Plan to Operate Forward

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U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. US Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. US Coast Guard Photo

One way to counter the drawdown in defense spending at home and with allies and partners is to look at programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter as ways to close the seams in meeting future security challenges, the vice chief of naval operations for plans, policies and operations said on Monday. Read More

Sea Service Officials Talk Future Energy Needs

Sea Service Officials Talk Future Energy Needs

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USS Denver (LPD-9) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). US Navy Photo

USS Denver (LPD-9) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204). US Navy Photo

Storage and the ability to move energy from “one platform to another,” be it to a laser weapon or a rail gun as a package or payload is “the holy grail” and the “critical piece” in the sea services’ efforts in looking at energy for future operations, the Navy’s senior officer for fleet readiness and logistics said on Monday. Read More

Lawmakers Question Utility of Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review

Lawmakers Question Utility of Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review

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Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014. DOD Photo

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014. DOD Photo

Signaling a possible attempt to change the law requiring a periodic review to Capitol Hill of the Defense Department’s long-term measurement of risk this session, the two senior Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee expressed skepticism over continuing the Quadrennial Defense Review process at a Thursday hearing. They did not detail what or how they would replace it. Read More

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

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An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is preparing for its new normal with a force of 175,000, that plans to operate under the constraints of sequestration, the assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told a key Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More

Navy and Marines Tell Congress They Need More Funds for Reset and Maintenance

Navy and Marines Tell Congress They Need More Funds for Reset and Maintenance

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 Marines with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 work together to put a transmission in the back of one of their vehicles aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 work together to put a transmission in the back of one of their vehicles aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy will likely need five more years of funding above its base budget to send ships through dry dock to overcome years of deferred maintenance, and the Marine Corps’ needs two or three years of additional funding to reset its equipment, senior sea service officers told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee on Thursday. Read More

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

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Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Budget constraints are forcing the U.S. Marine Corps, “to sacrifice long-term health for near-term readiness,” Marine commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More