Category Archives: Military Personnel

Marines Demonstrate Ability to Include Carrier-Based F-35Cs in Expeditionary Base Plans

Marines Demonstrate Ability to Include Carrier-Based F-35Cs in Expeditionary Base Plans

U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct a new expeditionary landing demonstration with M-31 arresting gear Interim Flight Clearance (IFC), on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Dec. 3, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif., – The Marine Corps’ first carrier-capable F-35C Lightning II squadron demonstrated, for the first time, the capability to quickly rearm and refuel at expeditionary land bases, a mission key for future island-hopping operations that top leaders envision the U.S. military will face. Read More

UPDATED: White House-Led Navy Shipbuilding Plan Set to Push Boundaries of Pentagon Budgets, Industry Capacity

UPDATED: White House-Led Navy Shipbuilding Plan Set to Push Boundaries of Pentagon Budgets, Industry Capacity

Island of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) is landed onto the flight deck during a mast-stepping ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., on May 29, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from the Navy, the Office of Management and Budget and reaction from Congress. 

The administration today released a long-range Navy shipbuilding plan that is likely to set up a fight for resources between the Navy and its sister services and between the Pentagon and Congress over how quickly to pursue these changes. Read More

Biden Says Lloyd Austin 'Right Person for This Job'

Biden Says Lloyd Austin ‘Right Person for This Job’

Outgoing commander U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin makes remarks during the U.S. Central Command change of command ceremony at Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl., March 30, 2016. US Army Photo

President-elect Joe Biden called retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III “the right person for this job” as the 28th secretary of defense in an appearance Wednesday in Wilmington, Del. Read More

Biden Taps Former CENTCOM Head Lloyd Austin For SECDEF

Biden Taps Former CENTCOM Head Lloyd Austin For SECDEF

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of United States Forces – Iraq and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey visit with service members on Thanksgiving to reemphasize the mission at hand and thank them for their continued service and sacrifice at this critical time in Iraq. Defense Department Photo.

This story has been updated to include a statement from former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy.

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday formally announced his decision to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as his defense secretary. Read More

President Macron Announces Start of New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Program

President Macron Announces Start of New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Program

An artist’s impression of PANG (Porte Avion Nouvelle Generation, or next-generation aircraft carrier).

French President Emmanuel Macron today officially green-lighted the construction of a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier as part of the PANG program. The future flagship of the French Navy is intended to replace the existing FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier around 2038. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 7, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 7, 2020

This post has been updated to correct the approximate Dec. 7, 2020 position of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 7, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

CJCS Milley: Character of War in Midst of Fundamental Change

CJCS Milley: Character of War in Midst of Fundamental Change

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks in a virtual meeting during a U.S. Naval War College Advanced Flag and Executive Course (AFLEX) at the Pentagon on Oct. 26, 2020. DoD Photo

The world is in the midst of a fundamental change in the character of warfare as a variety of nations begin to field directed energy, hypersonics and autonomous systems, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Thursday. Read More