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
Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright speaking at CSIS on Monday. CSIS Screengrab
The U.S. needs to rethink how it develops its future space assets from less purpose built platforms to more adaptive and agile learning machines, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright said on Monday. 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
70 years ago today, Allied Forces in World War II declared victory in Europe. It would take another three months to defeat Japan in the Pacific, but Europeans who had endured nearly six years of war celebrated VE-Day. On the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, Arsenal of Democracy organized a World War II plane flyover, featuring formations of bombers, fighters, trainers and more, arranged to represent the chronological progression of the war. Read More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More
The following is the Annual Aviation Inventory and Funding Plan issued to Congress as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense budget submission and issued on April 22, 2015. Read More
The following is the April 9, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo
The House Armed Services tactical air and land subcommittee supports filling the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ unfunded requirements for additional Boeing F-18E/F Super Hornets and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), committee aids told reporters on Wednesday. Read More
The following is the April 14, 2015 memo announcing new policy on disinterring and identifying missing service members. Read More
The following is the April 9, 2015 Better Buying Power 3.0 memo and outline, signed by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)Frank Kendall. Read More