SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The Senate Armed Services Committee — concerned with the Navy’s direction for its planned unmanned carrier aircraft program — wants the Pentagon to oversee development of two new carrier capable prototype unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and restart testing of the service’s two Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) in a combined $725 million effort, according to a summary of the SASC’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 defense authorization bill released Thursday evening. Read More

COMSUBFOR Connor: Submarine Force Could Become the New A2/AD Threat

COMSUBFOR Connor: Submarine Force Could Become the New A2/AD Threat

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) arrives at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in April 2011. Florida returned after a 15-month deployment that included participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn, making the boat the first guided-missile submarine to launch Tomahawk land attack missiles. US Navy photo.

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) arrives at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in April 2011. Florida returned after a 15-month deployment that included participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn, making the boat the first guided-missile submarine to launch Tomahawk land attack missiles. US Navy photo.

Washington, D.C. — Targeted investments in improving weapons and decoys could propel the U.S. submarine fleet to be the underwater answer to anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) threats, the of the U.S. Navy’s Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) said on Thursday. Read More

Raytheon Successfully Completes Critical Design Review for AMDR

Raytheon Successfully Completes Critical Design Review for AMDR

An artist's conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image

An artist’s conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image

The Raytheon-built Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) has successfully completed its Navy critical design review (CDR) ahead of more hardware development efforts later this summer, company officials told USNI News this week. Read More

Mattis: U.S. Suffering ‘Strategic Atrophy’

Mattis: U.S. Suffering ‘Strategic Atrophy’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 18, 2014. Stars and Stripes Photo

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 18, 2014. Stars and Stripes Photo

Because the United States lacks a global strategy, “volatility is going to get to the point that chaos threatens,” a former Central Command (CENTCOM) commander told a Heritage Foundation audience Wednesday. Read More

Congressman, Former SEAL Pushing to Keep Helicopter Combat Squadrons in Navy Budget

Congressman, Former SEAL Pushing to Keep Helicopter Combat Squadrons in Navy Budget

A U.S. Navy SEAL fast ropes from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the High Rollers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 onto a gas and oil platform in July 2011. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Navy SEAL fast ropes from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the High Rollers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 onto a gas and oil platform in July 2011. US Navy photo.

The defense authorization bill the House will debate this week includes a provision from a congressman and retired Navy SEAL that prevents the Navy from disestablishing Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons 84 and 85. Read More

Marine Helicopter Still Missing; Extensive Search Includes Hueys, Ospreys, Nepalese Battalion

Marine Helicopter Still Missing; Extensive Search Includes Hueys, Ospreys, Nepalese Battalion

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter takes off for a search and rescue mission from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, to find the missing UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. US Marine Corps photo.

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter takes off for a search and rescue mission from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, to find the missing UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. US Marine Corps photo.

American and Nepalese forces are still searching for a missing Marine Corps UH-1Y helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers onboard. Read More

Naval Reactors Director Adm. Richardson Named Next CNO

Naval Reactors Director Adm. Richardson Named Next CNO

Chief of Naval Operations Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Navy Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. DoD Photo

Chief of Naval Operations Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Navy Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. DoD Photo

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, will serve as the next chief of naval operations. Read More