Navy Again Reduces Scope of Destroyer Modernization, 5 Ships Won’t Receive Any Ballistic Missile Defense Upgrades

Navy Again Reduces Scope of Destroyer Modernization, 5 Ships Won’t Receive Any Ballistic Missile Defense Upgrades

USS Chafee (DDG-90) on 2014. Chafee is one of five Arleigh Burke destroyers that won't receive a ballistic missile defense (BMD) upgrade do to a reduction of funding as part of the Navy's FY 2016 budget request. US Navy Photo

USS Chafee (DDG-90) on 2014. Chafee is one of five Arleigh Burke destroyers that won’t receive a ballistic missile defense (BMD) upgrade due to a reduction of funding as part of the Navy’s FY 2016 budget request. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated from an earlier version to include a statement from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) — chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.

Five Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) will forgo a combat system upgrade that would allow the ships to fight ballistic missile threats as part of a reduction in modernization funding included in the Navy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that will save the service $500 million over the next five years, USNI News has learned. Read More

Allen on ISIS Fight: ‘We’ll Do Mosul When We’re Ready’

Allen on ISIS Fight: ‘We’ll Do Mosul When We’re Ready’

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen speaking at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Atlantic Council Photo

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen speaking at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Atlantic Council Photo

Quoting the Iraqi prime minister that “we’ll do Mosul when we’re ready,” the special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL said, “We’ve got to resist putting a timeline on it.” Read More

Navy Kicks Off Year-Long Celebration of Navy Reserve Centennial

Navy Kicks Off Year-Long Celebration of Navy Reserve Centennial

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia and Navy Reserve Force Master Chief C.J. Mitchell cut a ribbon in front of the new Centennial of the U.S. Navy Reserve display in the Pentagon on March 2, 2015. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia and Navy Reserve Force Master Chief C.J. Mitchell cut a ribbon in front of the new Centennial of the U.S. Navy Reserve display in the Pentagon on March 2, 2015. US Navy Photo

In a ceremony at the Pentagon on Monday, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun began a year-long celebration of the U.S. Navy Reserve on its centennial. Read More

U.S. Navy Growing P-8 Poseidon Operations in the Western Pacific

U.S. Navy Growing P-8 Poseidon Operations in the Western Pacific

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A P-8 Poseidon aircraft belonging to the ‘Pelicans’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 returns from a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in July. US Navy Photo

A P-8 Poseidon aircraft belonging to the ‘Pelicans’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 returns from a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in July. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is cutting its teeth on the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon long range maritime Multi-Mission Aircraft with deployments to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), with the third rotation of the type currently ongoing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan since the first one began at the end of 2013. A typical deployment to Kadena lasts between six to seven months, and currently consists of a single squadron of Lockheed Martin P-3C Orions and one of P-8As to demonstrate the ability of the two platforms to operate effectively in a high-tempo environment. Read More

Opinion: What China's Investment in Africa Means for U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Opinion: What China’s Investment in Africa Means for U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Reuters Photo via Al Jazeera

Reuters Photo via Al Jazeera

The massive influx of Chinese immigrants and investment in Africa pose significant obstacles to U.S. development and counterterrorism efforts in the region. By preying upon the vulnerabilities of Africa’s many rentier states, Chinese endeavors exacerbate existing tensions over scarce natural resources, buttress corrupt regimes, and further entrench the status quo that has proven a fertile breeding ground for Islamist extremism. Read More

U.S. Officially Ends Special Operations Task Force in the Philippines, Some Advisors May Remain

U.S. Officially Ends Special Operations Task Force in the Philippines, Some Advisors May Remain

U.S. and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) honor guard perform a 21-gun salute during a memorial service in Zamboanga City, Philippines in 2010. US Navy Photo

U.S. and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) honor guard perform a 21-gun salute during a memorial service in Zamboanga City, Philippines in 2010. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific.

The U.S. special operations mission to help the Philippine military to fight Islamic militants is coming to a close, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

SECNAV Mabus: Pace of ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigations is ‘Frustrating’

SECNAV Mabus: Pace of ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigations is ‘Frustrating’

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in March 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in March 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The length of the ongoing Department of Justice (DoJ) “Fat Leonard” investigation into alleged corruption by U.S. naval personnel in awarding ship services contracts in the Western Pacific could cause “some problems” for filing upper level management billets in the Navy if the pace of the investigation continues on its present course, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told Congress on Thursday. Read More