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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Pentagon Confirms SM-3 Block IIA Missile Missed its Target in Test This Week

Pentagon Confirms SM-3 Block IIA Missile Missed its Target in Test This Week

The Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD), and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, announced the successful completion of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA flight test from the Point Mugu Sea Range, San Nicolas Island, California. Missile Defense Agency photo.

An SM-3 Block IIA missile test shot fired from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii this week did not hit its target after a successful launch, Pentagon officials confirmed Thursday.

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UPDATED: Iran Says Speedboat Harassment Down Because U.S. Behavior Change

UPDATED: Iran Says Speedboat Harassment Down Because U.S. Behavior Change

Iran Fast Attack Craft. Fars News Agency Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

An Iranian admiral now says the country’s slow-down in sending small patrol boats to harass U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf was spurred by what he describes as a change in U.S. behavior but doesn’t address the uptick in Iran’s drone flights in the region. Read More

Navy Monitoring Results of Australian EA-18G Growler Fire Investigation

Navy Monitoring Results of Australian EA-18G Growler Fire Investigation

RAAF’s first Growler during a July 29, 2015 ceremony in Boeing’s plant in St. Louis, Mo. USNI News Photo

The U.S. Navy is monitoring an incident involving a Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft that caught fire during the Red Flag multi-national exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada over the weekend.

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USNI News Video: Recovering NASA's Next Spacecraft at Sea

USNI News Video: Recovering NASA’s Next Spacecraft at Sea

US Navy divers assist NASA and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) recover a mock-up capsule designed to roughly simulate the size, shape, mass and center of gravity of the Orion crew module. US Navy Photo

Last week amphibious warship USS Anchorage (LPD-23) practiced recovering a mockup of the new Orion capsule NASA intends to use on future missions to deep space.

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Air Force: Multi-Domain Battles Requires New Mindset to Coordinate Future Air, Land, Sea Forces

Air Force: Multi-Domain Battles Requires New Mindset to Coordinate Future Air, Land, Sea Forces

 

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, talks to Airmen over the communications system, Oct. 17, 2017, onboard an HC-130J Combat King II headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, talks to Airmen over the communications system, Oct. 17, 2017, onboard an HC-130J Combat King II headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (Air Force photo)

Planning for a multi-domain battle is how the U.S. military will keep its superiority but doing so requires a new mindset in the Pentagon and out in the field, said the Air Force’s air combat commander.

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