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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Boeing CEO Muilenburg Out

Boeing CEO Muilenburg Out

Mr. Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaks to the audience Sept. 12, 2013, during a ceremony commemorating the delivery of the final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, P-223, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. (Air Force photo)

Capping a year of bad news for Boeing, maker of the beleaguered 737 Max airliner and a vareity of military aircraft, announced Monday morning Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg was resigning immediately.

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Pentagon Expanding Database Searches as Part of Foreign Student Vetting

Pentagon Expanding Database Searches as Part of Foreign Student Vetting

U.S. and international flags representing countries at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) fly during graduation day at NWC in Newport, R.I. Navy photo.

Following the Dec. 6 deadly shooting by a Saudi Arabian aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Department of Defense started evaluating ways to revamp the process used to vet international military students selected to attend stateside training.

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Navy Drops TV Ads: Trades Super Bowl Spots for Esports, YouTube

Navy Drops TV Ads: Trades Super Bowl Spots for Esports, YouTube

Information Systems Technician Alexavier Simmons aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), plays video games during the ship’s first underway in 2017. US Navy Photo

The Navy is punting on television advertising and won’t roll out a new ad campaign in time for the Super Bowl. Instead, the service will spend virtually all its advertising money in the digital realm. Read More

House Passes FY 2020 Coast Guard Funding; Bill Backs Icebreaker, Limits OPC Program

House Passes FY 2020 Coast Guard Funding; Bill Backs Icebreaker, Limits OPC Program

The Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal berthed before its commissioning ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, July 25, 2018. The Bruckenthal was the 28th Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter to be commissioned. Coast Guard photo

The House approved a $12 billion Fiscal Year 2020 funding deal that puts limitations on the Offshore Patrol Cutter program while moving ahead with funding for polar icebreakers, Fast Response Cutters and long-range surveillance aircraft. Read More

USS Ross Tailed By Russian Corvette in Black Sea

USS Ross Tailed By Russian Corvette in Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG-78) entering the Black Sea. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, Monday morning, after entering the Black Sea on Friday while being tailed by a Russian corvette.

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Pentagon, State Department Creating New Standards to Vet Foreign Military Students

Pentagon, State Department Creating New Standards to Vet Foreign Military Students

U.S. and international flags representing countries at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) fly during graduation day at NWC in Newport, R.I.

In the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Pentagon and State Department are developing new vetting procedures for foreign military members seeking to attend U.S. -based training, officials said on Friday. Read More