Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.


Recent Posts By the Author


Document: Air Sea Battle Name Change Memo

Document: Air Sea Battle Name Change Memo

The following is a Jan. 8, 2015 memo from Air Force Lt. Gen. David Goldfein, the Pentagon’s joint staff director, announcing the creation of the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons (JAM-GC). The new effort, previously known as Air Sea Battle, will be over seen by the Pentagon’s J-7 directorate. Read More

Navy to Build Aegis Trainers for Surface Warfare Officers at ‘TOPGUN’

Navy to Build Aegis Trainers for Surface Warfare Officers at ‘TOPGUN’

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An F-5 Tiger II from the Saints of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 takes off from a runway on Naval Air Station Fallon on Nov. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F-5 Tiger II from the Saints of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 takes off from a runway on Naval Air Station Fallon on Nov. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. Navy’s surface warfare officers will learn to track and target air threats in a planned Aegis combat system simulator that will be built at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., the head of the Navy’s new surface warfare training outfit told USNI News last week. Read More

Update: SECNAV Mabus Confirms V-22 Carrier Delivery Memo

Update: SECNAV Mabus Confirms V-22 Carrier Delivery Memo

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An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

The following post has been updated to include additional comments from Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA).

CRYSTAL CITY, VA. – The Secretary of the Navy confirmed the existence of an agreement between the Navy and Marine Corps to utilize the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor as the Navy’s replacement for the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound as the utility aircraft for the Navy’s carrier. Read More