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Inside the Navy’s Next Air War

Inside the Navy’s Next Air War

EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Aug. 15, 2013. US Navy Photo

EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Aug. 15, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy has already made some powerful assumptions about its next fight in the air.

It’ll be away from home. It will be against a sophisticated and well-armed enemy. It’ll depend as much on information technology as it will on bombs or missiles. And it’s a fight for which the service isn’t ready. Read More

Navy Considering New Five Inch Guided Round for Surface Ships

Navy Considering New Five Inch Guided Round for Surface Ships

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its five-inch gun during a weapons exercise on Jan. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its five-inch gun during a weapons exercise on Jan. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy is taking another look at a five-inch guided round for the U.S. surface fleet following the development of the 155 mm Long-Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) for the Zumwalt-class destroyers (DDG-1000), Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden, director of surface warfare (N96) for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) told USNI News in a Jan. 9 interview. Read More

Opinion: Navy Needs Intellectual Diversity

Opinion: Navy Needs Intellectual Diversity

Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott addresses new sailors in 2006. US Navy Photo

Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott addresses new sailors in 2006. US Navy Photo

This past May, the George Washington University Naval ROTC class of 2013 took the oath of commissioning in front of the historic Marine Corps Memorial.

It was a humid day in Arlington, Va., as the midmorning sun rose over the Iwo Jima statue, reflecting off the graduates’ brass on their new choker whites. Hundreds of proud parents and friends were in the audience, taking photographs and cheering when their ensign or second lieutenant received their commission. Read More

Document: Report from U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China's New Air Defense Zone

Document: Report from U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s New Air Defense Zone

An illustration of China's contested Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) from state run media. Xinhua Photo

An illustration of China’s contested Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) from state run media. Xinhua Photo

On November 23, 2013, China established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a significant portion of the East China Sea (ECS). The ADIZ includes the airspace over disputed areas, including the Senkaku Islands contested by China and Japan. Read More

Navy's Next Generation Radar Could Have Future Electronic Attack Abilities

Navy’s Next Generation Radar Could Have Future Electronic Attack Abilities

Artist's concept of a DDG-51 Flight III with AMDR. Raytheon Photo

Artist’s concept of a DDG-51 Flight III with AMDR. Raytheon Photo

The U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense radar — which is being developed by Raytheon for the service’s Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (DDG-51) — might one day be capable of performing electronic attacks with its active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More