Senators Critical of U.S. Timelines for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Senators Critical of U.S. Timelines for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline on Oct. 27, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline on Oct. 27, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday stressed to the senior American officer in Afghanistan that the administration must understand “wars do not end just because politicians say so” and that he needs to have the option to adjust the withdrawal timetable of coalition forces to retain the progress made over the past 13 years against al Qaeda and the Taliban. Read More

WEST: Marines Plan to Issue Amphibious Combat Vehicle Request for Proposal in March

WEST: Marines Plan to Issue Amphibious Combat Vehicle Request for Proposal in March

The Lockheed Martin Havoc vehicle based off of the Finnish Patria AMV and one of the likely competitors for the USMC ACV 1.1 competition. Lockheed Martin Photo

The Lockheed Martin Havoc vehicle based off of the Finnish Patria AMV and one of the likely competitors for the USMC ACV 1.1 competition. Lockheed Martin Photo

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The Marine Corps plans to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for the early version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) in March, the head of Marine Corps Systems Command said. Read More

SECNAV Mabus Censures Three Admirals in Fallout from ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigation

SECNAV Mabus Censures Three Admirals in Fallout from ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigation

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Sailors and Marines assigned to US Forces Korea on Dec. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Sailors and Marines assigned to US Forces Korea on Dec. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

Three current U.S. Navy admirals have received letters of censure from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus as part of a wide ranging Department of Justice investigation into illegal practices between naval officers and the Glenn Defense Marine Asia company – the so-called “Fat Leonard” Investigation, the service announced late Tuesday. Read More

WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols

WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols

US Air Force F-22 Raptor escorting a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bomber in 2011. US Air Force Photo

US Air Force F-22 Raptor escorting a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bomber in 2011. US Air Force Photo

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – While Russian military aircraft have stepped up their activity everywhere from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Black Sea in the last year they have also been spotted more frequently closer to the U.S. territory in the Arctic, the head of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

WEST: Bob Work Says UCLASS Development Needs a ‘Joint Perspective’

WEST: Bob Work Says UCLASS Development Needs a ‘Joint Perspective’

An artist's concept of a proposed Lockheed Martin UCLASS design. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s concept of a proposed Lockheed Martin UCLASS design. Lockheed Martin Image

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The first operational unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to be used on the Navy’s aircraft carriers needs to be developed with a “joint perspective,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said during a Keynote speech at WEST 2015 on Tuesday. Read More

USS Iwo Jima Standing by to Evacuate U.S. Citizens from Yemen

USS Iwo Jima Standing by to Evacuate U.S. Citizens from Yemen

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

The amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima (LHD- 7) is standing by in the event it would need to assist in the evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel from Yemen, a Navy spokesperson told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More