Defense Bill Creates Path From Navy, Coast Guard to Maritime Industry Jobs

Defense Bill Creates Path From Navy, Coast Guard to Maritime Industry Jobs

An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and a rigid-hull inflatable boat from Leyte Gulf monitor the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel M/V Falcon Trader II, which had sent out a distress call reporting it had been boarded by pirates in March 2011. US Navy photo.

An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and a rigid-hull inflatable boat from Leyte Gulf monitor the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel M/V Falcon Trader II, which had sent out a distress call reporting it had been boarded by pirates in March 2011. US Navy photo.

The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act creates a simpler path from a career in the Navy or Coast Guard to a career in the commercial maritime industry, a boon to both veterans and businesses. Read More

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

The National Defense Authorization Act passed on Friday by the House of Representatives includes measures to improve the capability of U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense sites and to make it easier to sell the land-based system to allies. Read More

Marines Release Identities of Six Dead in Nepal Helicopter Crash

Marines Release Identities of Six Dead in Nepal Helicopter Crash

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

Military officials on Sunday released the names of the six Marines who died when a UH-1Y Huey helicopter that crashed in Nepal during a humanitarian mission on Tuesday. Read More

PACOM: Eight Sets of Remains Found at Marine Huey Crash Site in Nepal

PACOM: Eight Sets of Remains Found at Marine Huey Crash Site in Nepal

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

U.S. and Nepalese teams found eight sets of remains as they resumed recovery efforts Saturday of the UH-1Y Huey helicopter that crashed in Nepal on Tuesday, presumably killing the six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers aboard. Read More

SASC Cuts LCS Mine Countermeasures Funding Citing Concerns About Upcoming IOT&E

SASC Cuts LCS Mine Countermeasures Funding Citing Concerns About Upcoming IOT&E

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship's mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to cut funding for the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package until the program can prove it meets all requirements in its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) this summer. Read More

Panel: Russia Long Term Economic, Political Outlook is Bleak

Panel: Russia Long Term Economic, Political Outlook is Bleak

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Russia is in a period of slow deterioration — economically and politically — with a regime that has neither a mechanism for the transfer of power nor an agenda to achieve long-term sustainable growth, a panel of Moscow watchers agreed during a forum Thursday on the country’s future. Read More

III MEF Commander: 6 Marines, 2 Nepalese Soldiers Likely Dead in Nepal Huey Crash

III MEF Commander: 6 Marines, 2 Nepalese Soldiers Likely Dead in Nepal Huey Crash

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter flies into the Tribhuvan International Airport after a search and rescue operation in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 13, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter flies into the Tribhuvan International Airport after a search and rescue operation in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 13, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers are likely dead following the crash of an UH-1Y Huey missing since Tuesday in Western Nepal, U.S. officials told reporters during a Friday press conference in Nepal. Read More

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