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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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

Benedict: UK Exit From European Union Won't Hinder Nuclear Sub Collaboration

Benedict: UK Exit From European Union Won’t Hinder Nuclear Sub Collaboration

A deck view, looking toward the bow, of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine OHIO (SSBN-726) with its missile tubes opened during precommissioning activities. The submarine, built by General Dynamics Corp., carries Trident C-4 (UGM-96) submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

A deck view, looking toward the bow, of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine OHIO (SSBN-726) with its missile tubes opened during precommissioning activities. US Navy photo.

The admiral responsible for the nuclear weapons component of ballistic missile submarines today praised the “truly unique” relationship with the British naval officers who have similar responsibilities, and said that historic cooperation would not be affected by Thursday’s vote to have the United Kingdom leave the European Union. Read More

Navy 'Committed' To Directed Energy Weapons; Supporting Air Force System Development

Navy ‘Committed’ To Directed Energy Weapons; Supporting Air Force System Development

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf on November 17, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf on November 17, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy is “fully committed” to developing and fielding advanced directed energy weapons to deal with emerging threats and to reduce the cost per shot, the Navy’s number two officer said today. Read More

Marines Taking 30 Hornets From Boneyard, Navy Inventory To Address Readiness Crisis

Marines Taking 30 Hornets From Boneyard, Navy Inventory To Address Readiness Crisis

A Marine inspects an F/A-18C Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Jan. 7, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Marine inspects an F/A-18C Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Jan. 7, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Marine Corps aviation, struggling to meet its operational and training missions with a shrinking fleet of aged F/A-18 Hornets, is pushing a program to recover and update 30 out-of-service F/A-18Cs in an effort to remain combat ready until the new F-35B is fielded in numbers. Read More

Navy's Triton UAV Passes Full-Motion Video To P-8 During Flight Test

Navy’s Triton UAV Passes Full-Motion Video To P-8 During Flight Test

The MQ-4C Triton prepares for a flight test in June 2016 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. During two recent tests, the unmanned air system completed its first heavy weight flight and demonstrated its ability to communicate with the P-8 aircraft while airborne. US Navy photo.

The MQ-4C Triton prepares for a flight test in June 2016 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. During two recent tests, the unmanned air system completed its first heavy weight flight and demonstrated its ability to communicate with the P-8 aircraft while airborne. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to correct a location for future Triton basing. NAVAIR told USNI News after publication that the East Coast location has not yet been finalized.

The Navy is continuing operational testing of its future unmanned long-endurance maritime surveillance aircraft, the MQ-4C Triton, demonstrating its ability to share critical mission information with the manned P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft. Read More

Navy Prepares For Launch Of Final MUOS Satellite; AoA For Follow-On Expected In 2018

Navy Prepares For Launch Of Final MUOS Satellite; AoA For Follow-On Expected In 2018

The fifth satellite of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility in January 2016. Lockheed Martin photo.

The fifth satellite of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility in January 2016. Lockheed Martin photo.

The Navy is preparing to launch the last satellite in its new constellation that will provide a massive increase in secure, high-quality and high-volume voice and data communications with nearly worldwide coverage, designed for mobile users with hand-held devices but available to joint forces on ships and in aircraft and ground vehicles. Read More

SASC Supports Marine Lt. Gen. Waldhauser's Nomination For AFRICOM Commander

SASC Supports Marine Lt. Gen. Waldhauser’s Nomination For AFRICOM Commander

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, director for joint force development, Joint Staff J7, speaks with a guest during the sunset parade reception at the Women in Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 23, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, director for joint force development, Joint Staff J7, speaks with a guest during the sunset parade reception at the Women in Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 23, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser today received assurance by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) of a quick approval of his nomination to become commander of U.S. Africa Command, but only after McCain used him as a conduit for a harsh attack on President Barack Obama’s policies in Libya. Read More

Atlantic Council Argues For NATO Naval Force in Black Sea, Coordination In Arctic

Atlantic Council Argues For NATO Naval Force in Black Sea, Coordination In Arctic

U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participate in an amphibious landing exercise in Ustka, Poland, during BALTOPS 2016. US Navy photo.

U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participate in an amphibious landing exercise in Ustka, Poland, during the NATO exercise BALTOPS 2016. US Navy photo.

NATO members must increase the alliance’s military capabilities, position additional forces in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, establish a maritime force in the Black Sea and bolster its presence in the Arctic, all to counter Russia’s growing military strength and increasingly belligerent behavior toward its neighbors, the Atlantic Council said in a new report. Read More