USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) transits the Gulf of Aden in 2014. US Navy Photo
Facing an increasing array of threats and demands even as our budgetary situation grows more challenging, it is clear that the Navy and Marine Corps team offers the best value to advance both our global security and economic interests.
Uniquely, the Navy and Marine Corps provide presence around the world, around the clock. We are the nation’s first line of defense, ready for any challenge on the horizon. Presence means we respond faster; remain on station longer; carry everything we need with us; and do whatever missions our nation’s leaders assign us without needing anyone else’s permission. Read More
Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepare for a live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Feb. 10, 2015. US Navy
A newly created “Index of Military Strength” rates the Navy and Marine Corps as “marginal” in being able two fight two major regional conflicts almost simultaneously while having sufficient reserves to carry out other missions. Read More
Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Division stand outside an Iraqi army compound in Buhriz, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2007. US Air Force Photo
“No one is advocating re-invading Iraq” or sending the United States down “a slippery slope to have 200,000 troops in Iraq forever” when they call for more American involvement across the board in helping Baghdad defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), provide an alternative to Iran and reconcile its warring sectarian and ethnic factions, a leading proponent of the 2007–2008 Iraq U.S. troop surge, said Wednesday. Read More
The following is Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s welcome message to Department of Defense personnel on Feb. 17, 2015 — his first day on the job. Read More
Jennifer Miller and her fiancé AWS2 Thomas Fint. Photo Courtesy Jennifer Miller
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – As missions go, this one was easy: Fly an MH-60S Knighthawk across San Diego Bay so the helicopter could be displayed at the WEST 2015 conference. Read More
When a quartet of defense budget experts was asked how it would spend the Pentagon’s money now versus last year, they all recognized that “creeping aggression” in Eastern Europe, across the Middle East and into the waters off China is causing them to re-evaluate their positions. Read More
The following is the Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies Academic Program Year 2013-2014. The report was released on Feb. 11, 2015. Read More
The following are the Feb. 2, 2015 briefing slides for the Department of the Navy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request. Read More
An E/A-18G Growler from the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 flies by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).
PENTAGON – In its Fiscal Year 2016 budget submission to Congress, the Department of the Navy (DoN) asked for $168 billion, a more than five percent increase over last year’s $159 billion request. Read More
In the defense budget to be unveiled Monday, a senior analyst said he didn’t expect Congress to slash manpower in the Marine Corps or the Army this year or training dollars. Read More