Category Archives: Aviation

Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office.

Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office.

The Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines’ top aviator said this week. Read More

Congress Notified of Potential $1.5B Sale of Aegis Combat Systems for New Japanese Ship Class

Congress Notified of Potential $1.5B Sale of Aegis Combat Systems for New Japanese Ship Class

An artist's concept of the planned Japanese 27DD guided missile destroyer. Image via Navy Recognition

An artist’s concept of the planned Japanese 27DD guided missile destroyer. Image via Navy Recognition

A proposed $1.5 billion sale of two ship sets worth of Aegis combat systems, anti-submarine warfare systems and a cooperative engagement capability (CEC) equipment will give Japan’s planned new class of destroyers the capacity to connect and receive information from American battle networks, according to a list of items in a foreign military sales (FMS) notification issued by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Friday. Read More

USS George Washington to Arrive in California Today to Begin 3-Carrier Crew Swap

USS George Washington to Arrive in California Today to Begin 3-Carrier Crew Swap

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) flies the U.S. Navy battle ensign and the 297-foot Homeward Bound Pennant on July 27, 2015, as it sails through the Western Pacific on its way to San Diego. The Homeward Bound Pennant is flown by ships that are on a continuous overseas duty for 9 months and returning to a U.S. port. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) flies the U.S. Navy battle ensign and the 297-foot Homeward Bound Pennant on July 27, 2015, as it sails through the Western Pacific on its way to San Diego. The Homeward Bound Pennant is flown by ships that are on a continuous overseas duty for 9 months and returning to a U.S. port. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s three-carrier crew swap will begin today, with USS George Washington (CVN-73) set to arrive at Naval Air Station North Island to swap crews with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) before heading to Newport News, Va., for its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Read More

Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo

A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Raytheon’s Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) will be a likely competitor in the Navy’s search for a next generation anti-ship missile to replace the 1980s era weapons widely in use in the service, the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems (N9) said Wednesday. Read More

Essay: Capability-Based Planning and the Death of Military Strategy

Essay: Capability-Based Planning and the Death of Military Strategy

Lt. Cmdr. Kirk Benson, points at a map of the South China sea at the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) of the USS Blue Ridge. Reuters photo via VOA.

Lt. Cmdr. Kirk Benson, points at a map of the South China sea at the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) of the USS Blue Ridge. Reuters photo via VOA.

In the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review, released days before the September 11 attacks, the Department of Defense announced a shift in approach—one that had been trickling through DOD since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Billed as “a new defense strategy and an associated risk management framework,” the emerging addition to the defense planning lexicon was a “capabilities-based approach.” Read More

Pentagon Requests Funding To Accelerate Harrier Data Link Upgrades

Pentagon Requests Funding To Accelerate Harrier Data Link Upgrades

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Feb. 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Feb. 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon has asked for an additional $7.5 million in the current fiscal year for the Marine Corps to get started on installing the Link 16 communication system on its fleet of Boeing AV-8B Harriers. Read More