Category Archives: Russia

HASC Chairman Calls on Congress to 'Scrub' F-35 Program

HASC Chairman Calls on Congress to ‘Scrub’ F-35 Program

Two U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stand chained to the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8). US Navy Photo

“We’ve got to seriously scrub” programs like the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in Congress instead of rewarding “people for failure, not results” in developing new weapons systems, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Friday. Read More

McMaster: U.S. is 'In Catch-Up Mode' to China in Indo-Pacific

McMaster: U.S. is ‘In Catch-Up Mode’ to China in Indo-Pacific

Formidable-class frigate RSS Stalwart, a frigate of Singaporean navy, arrives at Dagang port in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, on April 19, 2019. Frigate RSS Stalwart arrived at Dagang port in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, on Friday morning to attend the multinational navy event to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. Xinhua Photo

The United States is “in catch-up mode” to restore its deterrent and fighting capability that increases the size of the Navy’s fleet to compete with China in the Indo-Pacific, a former White House national security adviser told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Read More

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF

Gen. David H. Berger addresses an audience of senior enlisted Marines and Sailors about Force Design at the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Quantico, Va. on Oct. 17, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger is emphasizing his commitment to the service’s force design initiative in a recent memo to the new defense secretary, USNI News has learned. Read More

New Details of Russian Belgorod 'Doomsday' Submarine Revealed

New Details of Russian Belgorod ‘Doomsday’ Submarine Revealed

Illustration of Belgorod submarine. H I Sutton Image used with permission

Russia’s latest super-sized submarine, Belgorod, has been a conundrum for interested observers. While its existence is far from secret, Moscow has gone to great pains to keep certain key details out of the public domain. While navies traditionally hide the screw, or propeller, from the cameras, in Belgorod’s case the reverse was true: the screws were on display at the 2019 launch ceremony, but no photographs of the forward section were ever published. Read More

NATO Anti-Sub Exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 Will Include French Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Attack Boat

NATO Anti-Sub Exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 Will Include French Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Attack Boat

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Touloun, France. French Navy Photo

NATO kicked off its annual Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise today in the Mediterranean, with this year’s iteration including an American nuclear-powered attack sub and the French carrier strike group as it passes by the exercise’s operating area off Sicily. Read More

U.K. and E.U. Must Forge Relationships to Counter Threats, Experts Say

U.K. and E.U. Must Forge Relationships to Counter Threats, Experts Say

Russian Navy Kilo-class submarine Novorossiysk. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission

The “big bad world out there” will drive the United Kingdom and European Union to find ways to build a new foreign policy and defense relationships while both are suffering from economic and trade “teething problems” following Brexit, four leading security experts said Friday. Read More

Beijing Wants Arctic to Remain Peaceful, Chinese Diplomat Says

Beijing Wants Arctic to Remain Peaceful, Chinese Diplomat Says

The aurora borealis over Ice Camp Seadragon during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020. US Navy Photo

China’s top diplomat overseeing Arctic affairs recently stressed that Beijing wants the region to remain peaceful and stable, but recognizes competition – primarily economic for now – is real on several levels. Read More