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From the Pentagon report: Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies Academic Program Year 2012-2013, released on Jan. 10. 2014.
At each of the three academies there is evidence that some cadets and midshipmen disregarded academy policies and practices in these areas and engaged in gender-related misbehavior and misconduct, targeting fellow cadets and midshipmen as the focus of crude and offensive language and sexist comments. Read More
The following are slides from a Jan. 7, 2014 briefing from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO): Approaches to Reducing Federal Spending on National Defense. Read More
The following is from the Department of Defense’s Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2038.
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton. US Navy Photo
Unmanned systems continue to deliver new and enhanced battlefield capabilities to the warfighter. While the demand for unmanned systems continues unabated today, a number of factors will influence unmanned program development in the future. Read More
Capt. Michael DiFelice salutes during the playing of the national anthem at the 238th US Marine Corps Birthday. US Navy Photo
As we continue to plunge headlong into shortsighted military unpreparedness driven by a strong case of strategic blindness, fiscal uncertainty and political timidity, it is worth considering the critical role played by the U.S. Marine Corps in protecting and sustaining national interests far from our shores. Read More
A F-35C on June 27, 2012. US Navy Photo
The Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be the eyes and ears of the fleet inside highly contested airspace when it enters the U.S. Navy’s arsenal in large numbers in the 2030s. Read More
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts, and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2013. Read More
The last minute budget deal reached by the House and the Senate restores readiness shortfalls for the Pentagon and provides a firmer base of fiscal stability for the Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told reporters in a Thursday press conference. Read More
From the Dec. 16, 2013 Congressional Research Service report: Defense: FY2014 Authorization and Appropriations.
President Obama’s FY2014 base budget request of $552.0 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense (DOD) and defense-related programs of other agencies (excluding war costs), exceeds by $53.9 billion the legally binding cap on defense funding for FY2014 that was enacted in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act (P.L. 112-25). Unless the Budget Control Act (BCA) is amended, either Congress will have to cut the Administration’s National Defense request by $53.9 billion (about 9.8%) to meet the BCA cap of $498.1 billion, or else the BCA law will reduce the appropriation to the level set by the cap through a process of sequestration, beginning in January 2014. Read More
Marines prepare to disembark amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) in Guam on Sept. 12, 2013. US Navy Photo
From the Dec. 17, 2013 Government Accountability Office report: Further Analysis Needed to Identify Guam’s Public Infrastructure Requirements and Costs for DOD’s Realignment Plan. Read More
An F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August, 2013. US Navy Photo
While the U.S. Air Force is catching flack from Congress based on the assumption it will retire its fleet of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft due to budgetary pressures for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), the U.S. Marine Corps is thrilled to be receiving Lockheed Martin F-35Bs to perform that same close air support (CAS) mission. Read More