WEST: Cutting Carriers Will Put More Stress on Sailors

WEST: Cutting Carriers Will Put More Stress on Sailors

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Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces in May, 2013. US Navy Photo

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces in May, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has to strike a tricky balance on the numbers of carriers it fields between providing forces for U.S. military and finding enough money to operate and maintain the high dollar ships, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces said during a question and answer session following a Wednesday speech at the West 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif. Read More

Navy's UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

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X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on Nov. 9, 2013. US Navy

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on Nov. 9, 2013. US Navy

Could the U.S. Navy’s future Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft have an air-to-air role? The service’s director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike Manazir posed that it could during a Dec. 20 interview with USNI News. Read More

WEST: Decision on New Carrier Supply Plane 'About a Year Away'

WEST: Decision on New Carrier Supply Plane ‘About a Year Away’

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A C-2A Greyhound, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

A C-2A Greyhound, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). US Navy Photo

The Navy is “about a year away” from selecting a replacement for the service’s supply aircraft for the carrier fleet, the head of the Navy’s air forces said during a panel discussion at West 2014 in San Diego Calif. on Wednesday. Read More

WEST: U.S. Intelligence Community Working With an 'Information Deficit''

WEST: U.S. Intelligence Community Working With an ‘Information Deficit”

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Sailors wearing the Navy's Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pin. US Navy photo

Sailors wearing the Navy’s Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pin. US Navy photo

The United States will be hampered in its dealings with a resurgent China unless it can effectively use information it collects through surveillance to understand the nation’s mindset and intent, the director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday during an `Information Dominance Roundtable’ at WEST 2014. Read More

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is scheduled to depart for a Middle East and Mediterranean deployment on Saturday as the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group 2, U.S. Navy Fleet Forces command announced Wednesday. Read More

Marine Commandant: U.S. Can 'Ill Afford to Simply Pull Out' of Afghanistan

Marine Commandant: U.S. Can ‘Ill Afford to Simply Pull Out’ of Afghanistan

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Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook and US Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo in Helmand on Feb. 10, 2014. US Marine Photo

Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook and US Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo in Helmand on Feb. 10, 2014. US Marine Photo

Drawing on the American experience of leaving Iraq without an agreement on future presence, the Commandant of the Marine Corps said, “I don’t want that to happen in Afghanistan.” Gen. James Amos, speaking on Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, added, “We can ill afford to simply pull out and go home,” noting the tumult now convulsing parts of Iraq. Read More

WEST: U.S. Military Will Rely More on Coalitions

WEST: U.S. Military Will Rely More on Coalitions

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 Members from various participating nations of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 stand in formation during the opening ceremony at Camp Akatosarot, Mueang district, Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand. US Marine Corps Photo

Members from various participating nations of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 stand in formation during the opening ceremony at Camp Akatosarot, Mueang district, Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand. US Marine Corps Photo

Coalitions.

That was the theme of a West 2014 panel discussion with retired Gen. John R. Allen and retired Adm. James Stavridis on what the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan teaches us about the future Read More

WEST: Fox Calls for Tougher and More Lethal Surface Ships

WEST: Fox Calls for Tougher and More Lethal Surface Ships

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Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox before the Senate on Jan. 28, 2014. DoD Photo

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox before the Senate on Jan. 28, 2014. DoD Photo

The number two Pentagon civilian called for more survivable and lethal surface ships instead of “niche platforms” that can only conduct certain missions in permissive environments as the U.S. moves toward its rebalance to the Pacific in a speech at West 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday. Read More