Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

A potential bright side for Lockheed Martin — if Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s proposed trim of Littoral Combat Ship and frigates goes through – is its Wisconsin shipyard could have more flexibility to build four planned ships for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, a Lockheed official told reports on Monday. Read More

Opinion: SECDEF Carter's Plan to Trim U.S. Navy Fleet Size is Dangerous

Opinion: SECDEF Carter’s Plan to Trim U.S. Navy Fleet Size is Dangerous

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in the background as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flies in a V-22 Osprey on Nov. 5, 2015. DoD Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in the background as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flies in a V-22 Osprey on Nov. 5, 2015. DoD Photo

A version of this post originally appeared on Observer.com.

The United States Navy just struck an iceberg. It won’t sink the fleet, but it will damage its ability to deter emerging global conflicts. And one of those challenges became more apparent last week when the Chinese announced it was building its second aircraft carrier. Read More

Council on Foreign Relations Panel Outlines Divisions in Syria Conflict

Council on Foreign Relations Panel Outlines Divisions in Syria Conflict

Bashar-Al-Assad

Bashar-Al-Assad

The path the United States has been on since 2011 to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad immediately from power is not working, but “tamping down the [civil] war” while working for a longer-range transitional government is no guarantee that such a shift in emphasis would led to the defeat of the Sunni-dominated Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read More