About Otto Kreisher

Otto Kreisher writes regularly for Seapower, Naval Forces and AOL Defense. He is a former enlisted Marine and Naval Flight Officer.


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Top Navy Acquisitions Official Wants Changes in Acquisition Process to Match New Threats

Top Navy Acquisitions Official Wants Changes in Acquisition Process to Match New Threats

Ongoing construction of the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy (CVN-79). Newport News Shipbuilding photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department has about two years to make some “fundamental changes” in acquisition to match the new National Defense Strategy, and buying the same things in the same way will not be acceptable, the Navy’s top acquisition official said on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Optimistic Nuclear Sub USS Columbia Will be Ready for First Deterrence Patrol in 2031

Navy Optimistic Nuclear Sub USS Columbia Will be Ready for First Deterrence Patrol in 2031

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California on March 26, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The director of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs was confident that the first of a new class of ballistic missile submarine, the planned USS Columbia (SSBN-826), would be ready for its first patrol in 2031. That will be just before the current Ohio-class nuclear-deterrent boats are too old to submerge. Read More

Marines Moving Out on Modernization Priorities Focused on Russian, Chinese Threat

Marines Moving Out on Modernization Priorities Focused on Russian, Chinese Threat

Lance Cpl. Skyler Stevens, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, uses new night optics technology during Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX-18) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 19, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

CAPITOL HILL — With the help of the higher defense funding promised for this year and the next, the Marine Corps is moving out to modernize its combat capabilities to match the rising strategic threats from China and Russia, the service’s top combat development officer said. Read More

SECNAV to Congress: Changes in Acquisition Will Mean More Money in Shipbuilding

SECNAV to Congress: Changes in Acquisition Will Mean More Money in Shipbuilding

Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Richard V. Spencer delivers remarks to students, staff and faculty during a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) King Hall. US NAvy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told the House Armed Services Committee March 20 that he would use the additional acquisition authority Congress has given the service to find savings that could be used to buy more ships. Read More

Aegis Fleet Champion Vice Adm. James H. Doyle, Jr. Dies

Aegis Fleet Champion Vice Adm. James H. Doyle, Jr. Dies

Vice Adm. James H. Doyle, Jr.

This post has been updated to correct the age of Vice Adm. Doyle. He was one month shy of his 93rd birthday when he died.

Retired Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Jr., whose 34 years of commissioned service culminated with his work developing and fielding cruisers and destroyers with the Aegis Combat System and associated systems, died on Feb. 23. He was 92. Read More

Selva: Pentagon ‘Gambling’ on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Selva: Pentagon ‘Gambling’ on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2018. DoD photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s second-highest military officer sees considerable irony in the Pentagon preparing to send a Fiscal Year 2019 defense budget to Congress “when we don’t know what we’re actually going to get in (FY) ‘18.” Read More

MDA Head Syring: Navy Ballistic Missile Defense Capabilities Steadily Improving

MDA Head Syring: Navy Ballistic Missile Defense Capabilities Steadily Improving

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. MDA photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aegis ballistic missile defense program is making steady improvements on both Navy ships and the Aegis Ashore system being installed as part of the enhanced European defense initiative, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said on Wednesday. Read More

Shipbuilders Want Predictable Budgets, Multi-Year Deals to Build the U.S. Navy's 355 Ship Fleet

Shipbuilders Want Predictable Budgets, Multi-Year Deals to Build the U.S. Navy’s 355 Ship Fleet

USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) before the christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on Oct. 31, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. shipbuilding industry could support the Navy’s ambitious plan to quickly grow the fleet to 355 ships, but would need help through stable and predictable funding, including more use of multi-year and block-buy contracts and advanced procurement funding, three top industry executives said on Wednesdays. Read More