Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Boeing Plans to Keep Super Hornet Line Open After Positive Signs From Congress, International Customers

Boeing Plans to Keep Super Hornet Line Open After Positive Signs From Congress, International Customers

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron Forty One (VFA-41) fly over the Western Pacific Ocean in a stack formation in October 2013. US Navy photo.

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron Forty One (VFA-41) fly over the Western Pacific Ocean in a stack formation in October 2013. US Navy photo.

Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, the company told USNI News. Read More

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

The Philippines government has begun efforts to reinforce the tiny outpost of BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated World War II-era landing ship deliberately beached on Second Thomas Shoal in 1999. Due in no small part to extensive media coverage, the vessel is a well-known symbol of the ongoing territorial dispute over the mineral- and resource-rich Spratleys Island group. Read More

USS Porter Leaves Black Sea, Rota Destroyer USS Ross Returns From 4 Month Patrol

USS Porter Leaves Black Sea, Rota Destroyer USS Ross Returns From 4 Month Patrol

USS Porter (DDG-78), left, and the Romanian naval ship ROS Marcellariu (265), right, transit through the Black Sea during a passing exercise on July 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Porter (DDG-78), left, and the Romanian naval ship ROS Marcellariu (265), right, transit through the Black Sea during a passing exercise on July 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) left the Black Sea after a series of exercises as part of the U.S. and NATO’s ongoing presence mission in the region while forward deployed destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) has completed a four-month European patrol. Read More

Panel: Putin Surprised By E.U., U.S. Unity on Ukraine Issue

Panel: Putin Surprised By E.U., U.S. Unity on Ukraine Issue

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been surprised by the continuing unity between the European Union and the United States in keeping economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia for its seizure of Crimea and continued meddling in Ukraine, three experts on Eastern Europe said Wednesday. Read More

Expert Panel Bullish on Iran Nuclear Deal

Expert Panel Bullish on Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, before the final EU and P5+1 ministerial meeting about ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. US State Dept. Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, before the final EU and P5+1 ministerial meeting about ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. US State Dept. Photo

A one-time hostage of Iran and now a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy says this week’s nuclear weapons agreement with Iran comes down to “this issue of trust” and gave the new Iran nuclear deal his support. Read More