Category Archives: Aviation

Unmanned Warrior 2016 Exercise In U.K. Puts Emerging Technology In Warfighters' Hands

Unmanned Warrior 2016 Exercise In U.K. Puts Emerging Technology In Warfighters’ Hands

The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.

The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.

Dozens of unmanned systems have been operating off the northwest coast of Scotland as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior exercise, held in conjunction with the 18-nation Joint Warrior 2016 exercise. Read More

Interview: Rear Adm. Robert Girrier on the Future of the Navy’s Unmanned Systems

Interview: Rear Adm. Robert Girrier on the Future of the Navy’s Unmanned Systems

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, director, unmanned warfare systems, discusses the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter on April 7, 2016. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, director, unmanned warfare systems, discusses the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter on April 7, 2016. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — One year into his job as the inaugural director of unmanned warfare systems (OPNAV N99), Rear Adm. Robert Girrier has overseen progress on three key unmanned platforms, begun work on a common-control system to plan and execute missions in multiple domains, and set priorities for out-year budgets. Read More

More Room For Top Gun: Navy Wants to Triple Nevada Training Ranges

More Room For Top Gun: Navy Wants to Triple Nevada Training Ranges

 An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 takes off from a runway on Naval Air Station Fallon on April 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 takes off from a runway on Naval Air Station Fallon on April 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

As the fleet evolves with more high-tech tactical aircraft and longer-range strike weapons, the Navy’s air training ranges in the Nevada desert have become too small to accommodate realistic training. So Navy officials want more room to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots and aircrews more like they’d fight and sharpen their air warfare skills at the existing expansive range complex near Naval Air Station Fallon. Read More

Marine Harrier Flights in Japan to Resume Friday After Inspection Finds Sufficient Readiness

Marine Harrier Flights in Japan to Resume Friday After Inspection Finds Sufficient Readiness

Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson announces the resumption of AV-8B Harrier flight operations in Japan during a press conference Oct. 5, 2016 on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan following a Harrier mishap that occurred approximately 115 nautical miles off the coast of Okinawa, Sept. 22. US Marine Corps photo.

Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson announces the resumption of AV-8B Harrier flight operations in Japan during a press conference Oct. 5, 2016 on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan following a Harrier mishap that occurred approximately 115 nautical miles off the coast of Okinawa, Sept. 22. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps will resume AV-8B Harrier operations out of Japan this Friday, after a Sept. 22 crash led to a two-week stand-down to inspect the planes and review procedures. Read More

CNO Richardson: Navy Shelving A2/AD Acronym

CNO Richardson: Navy Shelving A2/AD Acronym

160929-N-OT964-120 NORFOLK (Sept. 29, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson speaking at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 29, 2016. US Navy Photo

160929-N-OT964-120 NORFOLK (Sept. 29, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson speaking at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 29, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Pentagon terms-of-the-moment go, Anti-Access-Area Denial has been on the forefront of strategic conversation across the services and military academia for more than 15 years. Now, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said his service will stop using the term for the sake of clarity. Read More

Analysis: Russia, the MH-17 shootdown, the Dutch and Kremlin’s Requirement to Respond

Analysis: Russia, the MH-17 shootdown, the Dutch and Kremlin’s Requirement to Respond

Wreckage of the Flight MH-17. Dutch Openbaar Ministerie Photo

Wreckage of the Flight MH-17. Dutch Openbaar Ministerie Photo

The carefully prepared and detailed analysis released this week by Dutch authorities showing that a 9M38 anti-aircraft launched from a Buk-Telar 17 shot down the MH17 flight on July 17, 2014 is probably not a surprise to anyone. What is noteworthy is the extraordinary level of detail – even by Dutch standards – of the investigation, and the strategic choices it foists upon Vladimir Putin and his boyars in the Kremlin. Read More