Category Archives: Military Personnel

Document: LCS East Coast Basing Environmental Assessment

Document: LCS East Coast Basing Environmental Assessment

From U.S. Fleet Forces’s June 2013 Environmental Assessment Addressing the Homeporting of the Littoral Combat Ship on the East Coast of the United States:

Under the Proposed Action, the U.S. Department of the Navy (Navy) proposes to provide facilities and functions to support the homeporting of up to 14 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) on the East Coast of the United States by 2020. Read More

Levin: Close Vote Likely in Senate Military Sexual Assault Measure

Levin: Close Vote Likely in Senate Military Sexual Assault Measure

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Sen. Carl Levin in 2012. US Navy Photo

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Sen. Carl Levin in 2012. US Navy Photo

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says commanders “are essential to winning this fight” [against sexual assault], but he expects a “much closer vote on the floor” as to whether they will be the ones deciding to prosecute such cases. Read More

Need for More Personnel in the Navy Reserves is Small

Need for More Personnel in the Navy Reserves is Small

ailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) read the reenlistment oath on Aug. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) read the reenlistment oath on Aug. 9, 2013. US Navy Photo

“Retention is staying higher this year that what we programmed for” in the 65,000 Navy Reserve force, its chief—Vice Adm. Robin Braun—told USNI News. The active Navy, is experiencing the same phenomenon. But because “we can’t grow a reserve submarine officer, a reserve operator,” Braun is on the lookout for those and other unrestricted line officers leaving active duty. Read More

Opinion: Unmanned Vehicles and Cyber are a Warfare Evolution, Not Revolution

Opinion: Unmanned Vehicles and Cyber are a Warfare Evolution, Not Revolution

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle is launched from USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) in 2012. US Navy Photo

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle is launched from USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) in 2012. US Navy Photo

The use of cyber-tactics combined with unmanned aerial vehicles to prosecute the campaign against terrorists has increased dramatically over recent years. Technological development along those lines has sparked discussions ranging from talk of revolutions in how wars will be fought to changes in domestic law enforcement. The New York Times recently published a column titled “At War: How Cyber Warfare and Drones Have Revolutionized Warfare,” by Tim Hsia and Jared Sperli. Both are West Point graduates and combat veterans, currently serving as ROTC military science instructors. Unfortunately, geography and the facts on the ground do not bear out their observations. Read More

Opinion: Seapower is An American Priority

Opinion: Seapower is An American Priority

Sailors watch as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for Newport News Shipbuilding in June 2013. US Navy Photo

Sailors watch as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for Newport News Shipbuilding in June 2013. US Navy Photo

In September 1960, the carrier Enterprise was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock. Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, spoke to the large crowd, saying, “Whenever the Enterprise roams in the traditional freedom of the seas, she is the sovereign of the United States, a mighty symbol of our determination to preserve liberty and justice and a clear sign of our nation’s ability to do so.” Read More

Document: Carter Memo on Headquarters Reduction

Document: Carter Memo on Headquarters Reduction

The following is a July 31, 2013 memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to military leaders on a planned reduction of 20 percent in the management in headquarters across the Department of Defense.

The cuts will occur regardless of the current legislative impasse over military funding.

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Opinion: Marines Face Painful Transition in Age of Austerity

Opinion: Marines Face Painful Transition in Age of Austerity

Three U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Six (HMM-163) provides support during the Air show’s Marine Air-ground Task Force (MAGTF) demonstration in 2005.

Three U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Six (HMM-163) provides support during the Air show’s Marine Air-ground Task Force (MAGTF) demonstration in 2005.

On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Hagel announced some of the possible effects of sequestration on the Department of Defense. Among the possibilities is the prospect of a Marine Corps with a strength of just 150,000 Marines, down from the current 202,000—a cut of more than 25 percent. Read More