Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Since the fall of Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city—a year ago, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) has proven to be a “stronger, tougher and smarter” adversary than the United States expected, displaying the ability to recover quickly even after suffering the deaths of key leaders and sustaining heavy casualties. Read More

USS Fort Worth Completes Its First CARAT Exercise with Philippines

USS Fort Worth Completes Its First CARAT Exercise with Philippines

Sailors refuel an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a maneuvering exercise with Philippine navy ships BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF 15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) in the South China Sea on June 24, 2015. US Navy photo.

Sailors refuel an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during a maneuvering exercise with Philippine navy ships BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF 15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) in the South China Sea on June 24, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) completed its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines, ahead of bilateral CARAT engagements with other Asian partners later this year. Read More

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer's Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer’s Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional comments from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations provided to USNI News on Monday.

The Navy has named its first director of unmanned weapon systems to guide the development of the Navy’s future unmanned efforts in the air and on and under the sea, the Pentagon announced on Friday afternoon. Read More

Attack Boat John Warner Delivers to Navy

Attack Boat John Warner Delivers to Navy

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN-785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN-785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy has accepted the second Virginia-class (SSN-774) Block III nuclear attack submarine from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding, the service announced on Thursday. Read More

Dunford: Marines Must Fundamentally Rethink Deployment Strategies, Training

Dunford: Marines Must Fundamentally Rethink Deployment Strategies, Training

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) enters the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) on June 6, 2015. Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford said the Marines can no longer rely on traditional amphibious operations in the Pacific and will instead have to consider alternate operations models and new platforms. US Navy photo.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) enters the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) on June 6, 2015. Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford said the Marines can no longer rely on traditional amphibious operations in the Pacific and will instead have to consider alternate operations models and new platforms. US Navy photo.

Marines will have to continue to be adaptable to meet growing threats with limited resources by fundamentally rethinking how the Marine Corps organizes and operates, commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford said on Thursday. Read More

Destroyer USS Milius Returns to San Diego After 8 Month Deployment

Destroyer USS Milius Returns to San Diego After 8 Month Deployment

USS Milius (DDG-69) returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month independent deployment to the western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Milius (DDG-69) returns to homeport Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month independent deployment to the western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility in 2012. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG-69) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Thursday after a eight month deployment to the Middle East and the Western Pacific, the service announced. Read More