The Navy and Marine Corps are calling on those running wargames, from the smallest unit exercises to the largest international ones, such as Rim of the Pacific 2014, above, to do a better job recording and sharing their lessons learned. US Navy photo.
Well before Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued a recent memo on wargaming, the Navy and Marine Corps did plenty of it. Experiments take place at all levels, from squads to Marine Expeditionary Units to Carrier Strike Groups – and in field experiments all the way up to international exercises.
But a line in Mabus’ wargaming memo may change the way the Navy and Marine Corps learn from these experiments: the memo directs the services to “establish a mechanism to share actionable insights from wargames across the department, with a particular focus on cross-event and longitudinal analysis.” Read More
The following is the May 5, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2016. Read More
The following is the Department of Defense’s annual report to Congress, Military and Security Developments
Involving the People’s Republic of China 2015. The report was released on May 8, 2015. Read More
The following is the April 30, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends Its Contracting Dollars. Read More
The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 — which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.
Gen. Joseph Dunford was nominated the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday after only serving as the Commandant of the Marine Corps for six and a half months – leaving many to wonder who will follow him as the next commandant. Read More
The following is the May 5, 2015 statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the nomination of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read More
(120427) — QINGDAO, April 27, 2012 (Xinhua) — Chinese marines attend the farewell ceremony for Russian navy in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 27, 2012. The Chinese and Russian navies announced on Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming) (zkr)
Six Russian and three Chinese naval ships will meet in the Mediterranean next month to conduct a series of surface exercises to include live fire drills, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday. Read More
Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo
The chief of the Navy Reserve told a key Senate subcommittee that she is “only able to accept 25 percent of applications from separating [active] sailors” because of high retention rates in her command, but also that the reserve has had some trouble filling reserve billets for unrestricted line officers and medical professionals. Read More
A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, prepares to commence directed seek and receive drills during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 9, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Navy and Marine Corps this week kicked off a Naval Innovation Advisory Council to coordinate and facilitate efforts to become more collectively innovative. Read More
Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo
“We ought to be providing lethal aid”—anti-tank, anti-armor weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber assistance—to the Ukrainian government in its struggle with Russian-backed separatists, retired NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More