Category Archives: Foreign Forces

State Official: U.S. Ties with Japan, India and Australia Should be Model for Region

State Official: U.S. Ties with Japan, India and Australia Should be Model for Region

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, and Royal Australian Army Major Gen. Roger Noble, deputy chief, Joint Operations, Australian Defense Force, salute as the color guard parades the colors during the closing ceremony of the eighth U.S. and Australian exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 on July 27, 2019. US Navy Photo

A senior State Department official stressed the strengthening economic, diplomatic and security bonds between the United States, Japan, Australia and India as an example of regional cooperation for other nations who share their values. Read More

Navy, Coast Guard Keep Up Operations in Africa

Navy, Coast Guard Keep Up Operations in Africa

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams operating with the Senegalese Navy on Sept. 21, 2020. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The U.S Navy and Coast Guard remain committed to supporting and building the maritime security capabilities of its African partners, senior leaders from both services said in an Oct. 5 conference call. Read More

SECDEF Esper Calls for 500-Ship Fleet by 2045, With 3 SSNs a Year and Light Carriers Supplementing CVNs

SECDEF Esper Calls for 500-Ship Fleet by 2045, With 3 SSNs a Year and Light Carriers Supplementing CVNs

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group transits in formation with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group while conducting dual carrier and airwing operations in the Philippine Sea on June 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from Secretary Esper’s rollout of Battle Force 2045.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced a new future fleet plan for the Navy that would grow the attack submarine force, supplement nuclear-powered aircraft carriers with light carriers to achieve greater day-to-day presence, and invest heavily in small and unmanned ships for distributed operations. Read More

Former U.S. Forces Korea CO: Pausing Exercises 'No Longer Relevant' to North Korea Nuclear Negotiations

Former U.S. Forces Korea CO: Pausing Exercises ‘No Longer Relevant’ to North Korea Nuclear Negotiations

Republic of Korea Army soldiers stand resolute at the iconic Joint Security Area where South and North Korean soldiers stand face to face across the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Panmunjom, South Korea, June 19, 2018. US Army Photo

The former top commander in South Korea said he thinks continuing to halt large-scale military exercises “is no longer relevant” as a negotiating tool with North Korea over denuclearizing the peninsula. Read More

Navy Destroyer Performs Freedom of Navigation Operation Off Venezuelan Coast

Navy Destroyer Performs Freedom of Navigation Operation Off Venezuelan Coast

Colombian Air Force KFIR fighter jets fly over the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during a joint exercise with Colombian Air Force and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) while conducting partner nation interoperability training Sept. 18, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

Destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) performed a freedom of navigation operation on Wednesday off the coast of Venezuela, U.S. Southern Command announced. Read More

House Panel Skeptical of U.S. Troop Shuffle in Europe

House Panel Skeptical of U.S. Troop Shuffle in Europe

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. 3rd Infantry Division, man an M1 Abrams main battle tank during the Combined Arms Live-Fire Training Exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sep. 1, 2020. US Army Photo

Lawmakers greeted the White House’s plan to dramatically reshape American military force structure in Europe with skepticism over its lack of details on costs, roles for rotational forces and how the new plan will deter Russian aggression during a hearing Wednesday. Read More