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Document: Navy's 2014 Arctic Roadmap

Document: Navy’s 2014 Arctic Roadmap

A Navy SEAL freefalls from an Austrian C-130 aircraft above the Arctic Circle in 2010. US Navy Photo

A Navy SEAL freefalls from an Austrian C-130 aircraft above the Arctic Circle in 2010. US Navy Photo

The following is from the U.S. Navy’s Arctic Roadmap: 2014-2030, released on Feb. 24, 2014.

The United States is an Arctic nation through the state of Alaska and its surrounding territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone waters located in and around the Arctic Circle. The United States Navy, as the maritime component of the Department of Defense, has global leadership responsibilities to provide ready forces for current operations and contingency response that include the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Region remains a challenging operating environment, with a harsh climate, vast distances, and little infrastructure. These issues, coupled with limited operational experience, are just a few substantial challenges the Navy will have to overcome in the Arctic Region. While the Region is expected to remain a low threat security environment where nations resolve differences peacefully, the Navy will be prepared to prevent conflict and ensure national interests are protected. Read More

Triton Testing Ahead of Schedule

Triton Testing Ahead of Schedule

Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013 from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Photo

Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013 from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Photo

Testing for the Navy’s next generation unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft is proceeding ahead of schedule, according to officials at Northrop Grumman. Read More

Super Hornet Tests New Infrared Air to Air Targeting Sensor

Super Hornet Tests New Infrared Air to Air Targeting Sensor

The new IRST weapons pod mounted on a F/A-18 F Super Hornet at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. US Navy Photo

The new IRST weapons pod mounted on a F/A-18 F Super Hornet at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has test flown a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet equipped with a new Lockheed Martin-built Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor pod for the first time. The test flight took place on Feb. 11 at Edwards AFB, Calif. Read More

Document: Forbes' UCLASS Letter to Mabus

Document: Forbes’ UCLASS Letter to Mabus

The following is a Feb. 18, 2014 letter addressed to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus concerning the requirements of the future Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance-Stirke (UCLASS). Read More

Forbes Writes in Support of a High End UCLASS

Forbes Writes in Support of a High End UCLASS

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the U.S. Navy to ensure that the service’s forthcoming Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance the Strike (UCLASS) aircraft will be designed with enough range, payload and stealth to be relevant in a contest air environment. Read More

Amphib Leaves San Diego for NASA Recovery Test

Amphib Leaves San Diego for NASA Recovery Test

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) recover an Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) recover an Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship USS San Diego (LPD-22) left Naval Station San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday for an open ocean recovery test of NASA’s planned new Orion space capsule. Read More

WEST: Cutting Carriers Will Put More Stress on Sailors

WEST: Cutting Carriers Will Put More Stress on Sailors

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces in May, 2013. US Navy Photo

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces in May, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has to strike a tricky balance on the numbers of carriers it fields between providing forces for U.S. military and finding enough money to operate and maintain the high dollar ships, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces said during a question and answer session following a Wednesday speech at the West 2014 conference in San Diego, Calif. Read More

Navy's UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on Nov. 9, 2013. US Navy

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on Nov. 9, 2013. US Navy

Could the U.S. Navy’s future Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft have an air-to-air role? The service’s director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike Manazir posed that it could during a Dec. 20 interview with USNI News. Read More