Ben Werner

About Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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Spouse Employment, Childcare Highlighted in New Navy Family Framework

Spouse Employment, Childcare Highlighted in New Navy Family Framework

FORT MONROE, Va. (July 12, 2019) Chief Machinist’s Mate Franklin Pollydore, from New York, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) weapons department, signs his certificate of reenlistment with his children during his reenlistment ceremony. Navy photo

To retain sailors, the Navy Family Framework version 2.0 addresses stressors facing active duty service members, their spouses and children. Read More

Recent U.S., Russian Tests Part of New 'Missile Renaissance'

Recent U.S., Russian Tests Part of New ‘Missile Renaissance’

A target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii during Flight Test Standard Missile-45. USS John Finn (DDG-113) detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. US Navy Photo

A pair of recent missile tests – by Russia in near Arkhangelsk and by the U.S. off the coast of California – indicate the race among nations to create a wide range of capabilities is speeding up, a missile defense expert told USNI News. Read More

VIDEO: U.S. Tests First Post-INF, Ground-Based Cruise Missile

VIDEO: U.S. Tests First Post-INF, Ground-Based Cruise Missile

The Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif. on Aug. 18, 2019. DoD Photo

Over the weekend, the U.S. military fired what appears to be Tomahawk Block IV missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers, likely the first such test of an American missile previously banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Read More

Contractors Fixing Hurricane-Damaged Marine Housing Went Months Without Being Paid

Contractors Fixing Hurricane-Damaged Marine Housing Went Months Without Being Paid

Blue tarps line the roof of a home in Paradise Point on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. on Feb. 1, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

After Hurricane Florence dumped more than two feet of rain on Camp Lejune, N.C., last year contractors from across the East Coast came to repair damaged buildings and infrastructure on the Marine Corps base. However as the work has gone on, companies contracted to do the housing repair work have gone months without pay. Read More

Experts: Next Generation Of Air Dominance Will Rely On Sharing Data

Experts: Next Generation Of Air Dominance Will Rely On Sharing Data

A sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) watches as an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 and an F/A 18-E Super Hornet from the ‘Eagles’ of VFA-115 fly in formation with two USAF F-15s of the 44th Fighter Squadron on June 5, 2019. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, VA. – Developing data links to enable existing aircraft to transfer data with forces at sea and on land could prove to be more critical than crafting new platforms for America’s next air war, experts said on Wednesday. Read More

BWXT May Stop Making SSBN Missile Tubes, Leaving Single Supplier

BWXT May Stop Making SSBN Missile Tubes, Leaving Single Supplier

An undated artist’s rendering of the planned Columbia-class submarine. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

A key manufacturer of missile tubes for the Columbia-class submarine program is weighing not building anymore after its current commitment, leaving only one company to build the critical component for the Navy’s next ballistic missile submarine.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Anticipates High Navy UUV Demand

Huntington Ingalls Industries Anticipates High Navy UUV Demand

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ unmanned undersea vehicle Proteus during a 30-day simulated unmanned mission. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is preparing for a future where unmanned undersea vehicles are as integral to the Navy’s fleet as are capital ships, the company’s chief executive told analysts last week. Read More