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Some Clues Emerge On New Pentagon Ballistic Missile Defense Review

Some Clues Emerge On New Pentagon Ballistic Missile Defense Review

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

PACOM CO Harry Harris Tapped to be Ambassador to Australia; U.S. 5th Fleet CO to Pacific Fleet

PACOM CO Harry Harris Tapped to be Ambassador to Australia; U.S. 5th Fleet CO to Pacific Fleet

Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), provides U.S. Naval War College students, staff and faculty with an overview of the PACOM theatre during a visit to the college on April 28, 2017. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The head of U.S. forces in the Pacific has been put forth as the Trump administration’s pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, The White House announced on Friday. Read More

Panel: Navy and Coast Guard Operating More in a Maritime 'Grey Zone'

Panel: Navy and Coast Guard Operating More in a Maritime ‘Grey Zone’

A US Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, approached a suspected pirate after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by pirates in 2011. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Between war and peace is the grey zone – a legal status where the rules of engagement aren’t always clear for the Navy and Coast Guard forces increasingly operating there, according to top commanders from the services.

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Neller: Future Marine Corps Could be an ‘Older, More Experienced’ Force

Neller: Future Marine Corps Could be an ‘Older, More Experienced’ Force

U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, march on the pier towards the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. USMC Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Marine Corps has a long, storied history as a formidable – and young – fighting organization. But will the future force that must lean on highly-skilled, technical warfighters expert in areas like cyberspace, electronic warfare and information warfare require an older, more seasoned force?

The answer, according to the top Marine, might be yes. Read More

CNO: 2019 Budget Aims for 'Whole' Fleet, Faster Construction of 355-Ship Navy

CNO: 2019 Budget Aims for ‘Whole’ Fleet, Faster Construction of 355-Ship Navy

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson receives a demonstration of the capabilities of a Mark VI patrol boat from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3 on Feb. 7 ,2018. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget request will support Navy efforts to begin building a 355-ship fleet while also balancing capability upgrades and readiness, the chief of naval operations said on Thursday. Read More

RFP For New Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker Expected This Month

RFP For New Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker Expected This Month

USCGC Healy underway in the Chukchi Sea during an annual Arctic deployment on July 28, 2017. Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The request for proposals to build the nation’s next generation heavy icebreaker is expected to be released by the end of the month, the U.S. Coast Guard commandant said on Thursday.

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Panel: Military Wants Accelerated Buys for New Tech But at What Cost?

Panel: Military Wants Accelerated Buys for New Tech But at What Cost?

A Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares the newly developed “Black Hornet” unmanned aerial system for flight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Marine Corps is moving ahead quickly on equipping its infantry squads with the latest technologies, including small quadcopter drones that will help build their situational awareness on the battlefield. Read More

New $1.4T Congressional Defense Deal Will Curtail Spending Caps For Now

New $1.4T Congressional Defense Deal Will Curtail Spending Caps For Now

Moon over U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2016. NASA Photo

Both houses of Congress will vote Thursday on a bill that will fund the Pentagon to the tune of $1.4 trillion for this year and next, giving the Pentagon a boost in cash flow not seen in over a decade, while ditching controversial budget caps, at least for the time being. Read More

Marines Revisit Shipboard Group 5 UAS Requirements After Industry Warnings of High Cost

Marines Revisit Shipboard Group 5 UAS Requirements After Industry Warnings of High Cost

The Office of Naval Research and DARPA are collaborating on the Tern project to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems that would provide ISR and other capabilities. DARPA rendering.

SAN DIEGO – The Marine Corps is reconsidering the requirements for its large amphibious ship-based unmanned aerial system (UAS), after early industry input showed the service was headed towards something too large and too expensive, the deputy commandant for combat development and integration told reporters today. Read More