U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 2017. MDA Photo
In a year packed full of new strategic reviews being pushed out by the Pentagon, yet another new document is on the way.
While the Ballistic Missile Defense Review — expected to be released in the coming days — is the last of several reviews to emerge from the Pentagon over the past two months, in many ways it might have the most immediate effect, analysts say. Read More
An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) off the coast of Florida on Aug. 31, 2016. US Navy photo.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon released a muscular new nuclear review on Friday, doubling down on Obama-era efforts to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal while launching initiatives officials say are designed to deter Russia, China, North Korea and Iran from going nuclear. Read More
US Navy image of a Russian Su-27 fighter buzzing a EP-3E surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea on Jan. 29, 2017.
The U.S. Navy released footage from a Monday intercept of an EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea. Read More
Promotional photos of the Murmansk-BN system. Sputnik Photo
Russia has integrated electronic warfare and offensive and defensive electromagnetic spectrum capabilities into its operations and strategies, in a way not seen from NATO forces in Europe, a leading expert on the Kremlin’s armed forces said Monday. Read More
A U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II maritime patrol aircraft. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON — A U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft was intercepted at close range by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter over the Black Sea on Monday.
The following is a summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy that was released on Jan. 19, 2018 by Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Read More
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks to Airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. US Air Force Photo
THE PENTAGON — During Friday morning’s rollout of his new National Defense Strategy, Defense Secretary James Mattis summed up the document succinctly. “Everything we do must contribute to the lethality of our military. We cannot expect success fighting tomorrow’s conflicts with yesterday’s weapons or equipment.” Read More
Captured drones that attacked Russian air base this week. Russian Government Photo
More than a dozen homemade drones attempted to attack two Russian military bases in Syria in the past week, while a swarm of three remote-control boats in the Red Sea rushed a Saudi-flagged oil taker. Read More
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition and New Administration.
Unlike other parts of the world, the U.S. and Russia work well together in the Bering Sea and the Arctic. The pair is enforcing fishing regulations and other laws, conducting search and rescue operations. Moscow and Washington are sending the International Maritime Organization a joint recommendation for safe shipping routes through northern waters, the head of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska said on Wednesday. Read More