F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

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An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

The F-35 program office is confident that the aircraft’s Block 2B software will be ready in time for the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date, but a more pressing concern is modifying the existing Joint Strike Fighter fleet to combat-capable standards. Read More

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

Navy and Marine Leaders Warn Senate Against Additional Budget Cuts

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Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy RAy MAbus, Gen. James Amos and Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the Senate on March 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Budget constraints are forcing the U.S. Marine Corps, “to sacrifice long-term health for near-term readiness,” Marine commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More

Griffin Missile Reaches Initial At Sea Operating Capability

Griffin Missile Reaches Initial At Sea Operating Capability

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Testing of the Mk-60 Patrol Costal Griffin Missile System. US Navy Image.

Testing of the Mk-60 Patrol Costal Griffin Missile System. US Navy Image.

The missile the U.S. Navy plans to use in early versions of the Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package and on Cyclone class patrol craft has reached initial operating capability (IOC) for its first use at sea, missile maker Raytheon announced Tuesday. Read More

How Taiwan Would Defend Against a Chinese Attack

How Taiwan Would Defend Against a Chinese Attack

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Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

On March 6, Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told the national legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee the country’s military could hold out “at least one month” alone against a Chinese invasion. Read More

GAO: Software Delays Could Translate into Less Effective Marine JSF

GAO: Software Delays Could Translate into Less Effective Marine JSF

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An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. in 2013. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. in 2013. US Navy Photo

Delays in software developing and testing could limit the capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when the plane becomes operational in 2015, according to a report released today from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Read More