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BALTOPS 2018 Continues Emphasis on Air-Sea Integration, Complex Free-Play Phase

BALTOPS 2018 Continues Emphasis on Air-Sea Integration, Complex Free-Play Phase

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Pokego, Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, charges up a beach dune during a simulated amphibious assault as part of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. US Navy photo

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THE PENTAGON — The annual Baltic Operations exercise is underway for the 46th time, continuing last year’s priorities of increasing the integration of aircraft and ships and boosting the difficulty of the free-play phase that concludes the exercise. Read More

Marines Forward-Deploy Portable Drone-Killing System

Marines Forward-Deploy Portable Drone-Killing System

A Marine M-ATV (left) and a MRZR (right) equipped with a ground-based air defense counter-UAV system. USNI News Photo

THE PENTAGON — Forward-deployed Marines are using a new system to protect U.S. troops from the threat of cheap and lethal unmanned aerial vehicles, the service told USNI News last week. Read More

Navy Wants Unmanned Systems to be Ubiquitous in Future Warfare

Navy Wants Unmanned Systems to be Ubiquitous in Future Warfare

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 performs ground turns aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) in May 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s acquisition chief disbanded his unmanned systems office, not as a sign of decreased focus on its mission, but to nudge unmanned systems into becoming part of everything the Navy does. Read More

Senators Want More Details on 2-Carrier Buy, LCS Requirement Before Supporting Additional Shipbuilding Funds

Senators Want More Details on 2-Carrier Buy, LCS Requirement Before Supporting Additional Shipbuilding Funds

A crane moves the lower stern into place on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. on June 22, 2017. HII Photo

The Senate Armed Services Committee is looking for more information from the Navy before it will support buying additional ships in Fiscal Year 2019, which its House counterparts wholeheartedly endorsed doing. Read More

House Passes FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act

House Passes FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act

Architect of the Capitol photo.

With a focus on restoring readiness and lethality to the military, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, approving their funding plan for the military and mapping out some policy priorities.

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Boeing Touts Block III Super Hornet's Better Range, Improved Digital Connectivity to Fleet

Boeing Touts Block III Super Hornet’s Better Range, Improved Digital Connectivity to Fleet

An artist’s concept of a F/A-18E Block III. Boeing Image

ARLINGTON, Va. — They will be a little bit stealthier, pack a more powerful punch, fly with increased stamina and carry a more robust communication and targeting systems. That’s how Boeing officials talked up the benefits of the Block III F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as they prepare to start rolling off the production line next year.

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