U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries' ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries’ ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

This article has been updated to include information on a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus dealing with wargaming in the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as a clarification of the Navy and Marine Corps roles in organizing this summer’s events.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The U.S. Pacific Fleet will host an amphibious operations exercise this month in conjunction with a U.S. Marine Forces Pacific-sponsored conference and tabletop exercise for more than 30 Pacific countries. Read More

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing. DoD screen shot

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More

Marines' Aviation C2 System Finishes Operational Assessment

Marines’ Aviation C2 System Finishes Operational Assessment

Two MV-22B Ospreys prepare for refueling during an aerial refueling training exercise as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2015, the same exercise that hosted the CAC2S operational assessment. US Marine Corps photo.

Two MV-22B Ospreys prepare for refueling during an aerial refueling training exercise as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2015, the same exercise that hosted the CAC2S operational assessment. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marines’ Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) wrapped up its operational assessment in Arizona and will have a busy year finalizing software and hardware tweaks before heading to initial operational test and evaluation a year from now. Read More

Who Will Follow Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant?

Who Will Follow Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant?

The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 -- which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 — which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.

Gen. Joseph Dunford was nominated the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday after only serving as the Commandant of the Marine Corps for six and a half months – leaving many to wonder who will follow him as the next commandant. Read More

Navy Needs New Servers for Aegis Cruisers and Destroyers After Chinese Purchase of IBM Line

Navy Needs New Servers for Aegis Cruisers and Destroyers After Chinese Purchase of IBM Line

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, of the Aegis Baseline 9 Ballistic Missile Defense System. US Navy photo.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, of the Aegis Baseline 9 Ballistic Missile Defense System. US Navy photo.

The Navy needs new servers for its upgraded Aegis Combat System after the current IBM line was sold to Chinese computer maker Lenovo. Read More