WEST: Fox Calls for Tougher and More Lethal Surface Ships

WEST: Fox Calls for Tougher and More Lethal Surface Ships

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Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox before the Senate on Jan. 28, 2014. DoD Photo

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox before the Senate on Jan. 28, 2014. DoD Photo

The number two Pentagon civilian called for more survivable and lethal surface ships instead of “niche platforms” that can only conduct certain missions in permissive environments as the U.S. moves toward its rebalance to the Pacific in a speech at West 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday. Read More

Panamanian Official: North Korea ‘Paid Fine in Cash’ to Free Secret Arms Ship

Panamanian Official: North Korea ‘Paid Fine in Cash’ to Free Secret Arms Ship

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Panamaniain investigators inspect a Cuban MiG 21 found hidden on a North Korean merchant vessel on July 21, 2013. REUTERS Photo

Panamaniain investigators inspect a Cuban MiG 21 found hidden on a North Korean merchant vessel on July 21, 2013. REUTERS Photo

North Korean officials have settled up a fine set by Panamanian authorities incurred after a North Korean ship attempted to transit the Panama Canal with containers full of illicit — but badly dated — weapons from Cuba, canal officials said on Saturday. Read More

Opinion: Preserve the Carrier Force

Opinion: Preserve the Carrier Force

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Aircraft carriers in Norfolk, Va. on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carriers in Norfolk, Va. on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carrier, nuclear-powered for the last 50 years, and its embarked air wing remain arguably the most valuable and effective instrument for shaping the national military strategy, with proven applicability from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to high-end maritime strike warfare.

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U.S. Navy Shuffle Japan-based Minesweepers and Amphibious Ship

U.S. Navy Shuffle Japan-based Minesweepers and Amphibious Ship

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USS Denver (LPD-9) in August, 2013, US Navy Photo

USS Denver (LPD-9) in August, 2013, US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is in the process of switching out a number of warships forward deployed to Japan with newer vessels. The latest ships to be replaced are USS Denver (LPD-9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship, and the mine countermeasure ships USS Avenger (MCM-1) and USS Defender (MCM-2), the Navy announced this week. Read More

Document: Joint Think Tank Report on Future Defense Spending

Document: Joint Think Tank Report on Future Defense Spending

Four D.C. think tanks took a crack at cutting the Pentagon's budget under sequestration. CSBA Image

Four D.C. think tanks took a crack at cutting the Pentagon’s budget under sequestration. CSBA Image

The following is from the four way defense budget game played by the American Enterprise Institute, Center for a New American Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment. Read More

America Completes Acceptance Trials

America Completes Acceptance Trials

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America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard Jan. 31, 2014 from acceptance trials. US Navy Photo

The first in a new class of amphibious warship has completed its acceptance trials, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced this week. Read More