Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Mattis Defends Trump Administration's Call for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons

Mattis Defends Trump Administration’s Call for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons

From the left, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Defense Secretary James Mattis; and David Norquist, Defense Department comptroller and chief financial officer; give testimony on the DoD budget posture on May 9, 2018. DoD photo.

Defense Secretary James Mattis called Moscow’s strategy of threatening to use low-yield nuclear weapons to get its way “bellicose and cavalier,” and he said the administration’s plan to develop America’s own low-yield nuclear weapons and deploy them on submarines would checkmate the Kremlin. Read More

Mattis: U.S. Left Nuclear Deal Due to Iranian Military Aggression, Missile Testing

Mattis: U.S. Left Nuclear Deal Due to Iranian Military Aggression, Missile Testing

President Donald J. Trump walks with Defense Secretary James N. Mattis following a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. DoD photo.

Defense Secretary James Mattis stressed it was Tehran’s aggressive military behavior – from ballistic missile testing to its intervention in the Syrian civil war to financially and militarily supporting terrorists to threatening maritime commerce across the Middle East – that factored into President Donald Trump’s decision this week to walk away from the nuclear agreement with Iran. Read More

U.K. Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Set for U.S. Visit, F-35B Trials

U.K. Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Set for U.S. Visit, F-35B Trials

HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived back in Portsmouth following successful First of Class rotary wing trials in the Atlantic. Royal Navy Photo

LONDON – Earlier this month, Britain’s national security adviser declared that the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers would be unlikely to ever deploy on high-end combat missions without support from friendly forces. Read More

Zukunft Discusses Jones Act, Future Arctic Operations in Farewell Speech

Zukunft Discusses Jones Act, Future Arctic Operations in Farewell Speech

President Donald Trump and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly look on as Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft speaks during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017.
US Coast Guard photo.

Repealing the law that requires coastal cargo shipping to be done in American vessels with American crews “could have severe repercussions” for the United States such as leading to the closure of federal and state maritime academies and imperiling the long-term health of the nation’s shipbuilding industry, the Coast Guard commandant warned Tuesday. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 7, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 7, 2018

USNI News Graphic

The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 7, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Panel: China’s Eurasian Influence Plans Raising Concerns in India, U.S.

Panel: China’s Eurasian Influence Plans Raising Concerns in India, U.S.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping before the beginning of the BRICS Leaders’ meeting in 2017. Kremlin Photo

Beijing’s leaders are determined to pry away Greece, Hungary, Poland and other nations from reliance on the European Union to make China the dominant Eurasian economic and security power, two Indian security experts said Wednesday. Read More

Navy Reestablishes U.S. 2nd Fleet to Face Russian Threat; Plan Calls for 250 Person Command in Norfolk

Navy Reestablishes U.S. 2nd Fleet to Face Russian Threat; Plan Calls for 250 Person Command in Norfolk

USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 2018 in territory that will soon be overseen by a reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and a Pentagon statement on a potential Joint NATO command in Norfolk.

Faced with a more active Russian fleet and increasing military competition across the world, the Navy has elected to reestablish U.S. 2nd Fleet to manage assets closer to the homeland, according to a memo announcing the command obtained by USNI News. Read More