Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO's Emerging Maritime Century

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO’s Emerging Maritime Century

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

NATO may be best known for its protracted counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, or for its current efforts to shore up defenses in Eastern Europe with air and ground exercises. But moving forward NATO must also consider its role in the global maritime domain, as it is central to the twin security challenges of an increasingly aggressive Russia and a crumbling Middle East order that the Alliance faces right now. Read More

Navy Issues RFP for Oilers and LHA-8 to NASSCO, Ingalls

Navy Issues RFP for Oilers and LHA-8 to NASSCO, Ingalls

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) prior to a replenishment-at-sea on June 29, 2015. US Navy Photo

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) prior to a replenishment-at-sea on June 29, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy has issued a request for proposal (RFP) directly to General Dynamics NASSCO and Huntington Ingalls Industries for the third America-class big deck amphibious warship and six next-generation oilers (TAO(X)), the service told USNI News. Read More

Okinawa Governor Expected to Reverse Approval for Futenma Replacement

Okinawa Governor Expected to Reverse Approval for Futenma Replacement

U.S. Marine Corps pilots and crew of MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262),at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma), Aug. 12, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marine Corps pilots and crew of MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262),at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma), Aug. 12, 2013. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps may face yet another challenge to its plans to replace the Futenma airfield in Okinawa, Japan, with the new local governor poised to cancel approval for construction of the new base. Read More

Navy to Explore Virtual Training, Prototyping Opportunities as Part of Innovation Drive

Navy to Explore Virtual Training, Prototyping Opportunities as Part of Innovation Drive

1st Lt. M. Joel Wagaman, project manager at Marine Corps Systems Command’s Program Manager Training Systems, demonstrates the use of the Advanced Gunnery Training System—a simulation-based system that provides Marine crews gunnery and tactical training for the M1A1 Main Battle Tank and Light Armored Vehicle. US Marine Corps photo.

1st Lt. M. Joel Wagaman, project manager at Marine Corps Systems Command’s Program Manager Training Systems, demonstrates the use of the Advanced Gunnery Training System—a simulation-based system that provides Marine crews gunnery and tactical training for the M1A1 Main Battle Tank and Light Armored Vehicle. US Marine Corps photo.

The Navy will explore the use of virtual environments for training, modeling, prototyping and more in the latest step of its innovation drive. Read More