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Opinion: Syrian Intervention is a Tough Sell

Opinion: Syrian Intervention is a Tough Sell

To match Insight SYRIA/ASSADThe news headlines indicate that a military strike against Syria is imminent. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on MSNBC on Monday that he anticipates, “a surgical, proportional strike against the Assad regime for what they have done.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) worried about diminishing American credibility, “if the United States stands by and doesn’t take very serious action.” Read More

China and U.S. Participate in Rare Joint Exercise

China and U.S. Participate in Rare Joint Exercise

Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Fasoli, gunnery officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87), discusses techniques with Chinese sailors aboard the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) destroyer Harbin on Aug. 24, 2013.

Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Fasoli, gunnery officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87), discusses techniques with Chinese sailors aboard the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) destroyer Harbin on Aug. 24, 2013.

The U.S. and China conducted two days of counter piracy drills in the Gulf of Aden in a rare show of military cooperation, following last week’s visit of the head of the Chinese Ministry of Defense. Read More

U.S. and U.K. Move Ships Closer to Syria

U.S. and U.K. Move Ships Closer to Syria

USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

The Navy is extending a deployment of an Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer in the Eastern Mediterranean amidst a United Nation’s inspection into allegations that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in the conflict, according to several press reports. Read More

Report: Shots Fired in Libya Oil Blockade

Report: Shots Fired in Libya Oil Blockade

A still from an a video released Thursday of an enforcement of a blockade of LIbyan oil terminals on Aug. 19.

A still from an a video released Thursday of an enforcement of a blockade of LIbyan oil terminals on Aug. 19.

Libyan naval and coast guard forces have begun patrolling three eastern oil terminals to prevent illegal sales of Libyan oil the, country’s Ministry of Defense announced this week.

The move comes amidst an ongoing labor dispute with striking oil workers and government allegations that gangs of armed security guards are attempting to sell oil illegally, according to several press reports. Read More

LCS Mission Packages: The Basics

LCS Mission Packages: The Basics

USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) US Navy Photo

USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) US Navy Photo

The beating heart of both variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) is the series of three mission packages the Navy is developing to handle some of the service’s most dire needs in the littorals.

The modular ship is a marked departure from the past in the way the Navy develops capability for its surface fleet. Sailors often liken the LCS to a video game system—with the mission packages being the actual games. But instead of “Halo” or “Call of Duty,” sailors will try their hands at mine countermeasures (MCM), surface warfare (SuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

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Document: GAO Report on Next Generation Jammer

Document: GAO Report on Next Generation Jammer

From the Aug. 20, 2013 Government Accountability Office report on Next Generation Jammer.

The Department of Defense (DOD) has assessed whether the planned Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program is duplicative using a variety of means, but none of them address all of the system’s planned roles or take into account the military services’ evolving airborne electronic attack investment plans. Read More

Navy Divers Recover Downed F-16 Wreckage

Navy Divers Recover Downed F-16 Wreckage

Divers, assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 2, Company 2-4, wait on the diving stage to be lowered into the water during air surface supplied diving operations off the coast of Virginia on Aug. 16, 2013. US Navy Photo

Divers, assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 2, Company 2-4, wait on the diving stage to be lowered into the water during air surface supplied diving operations off the coast of Virginia on Aug. 16, 2013. US Navy Photo

Navy salvage divers have recovered the flight data recorder and pieces of an Air Guard F-16C that crashed Aug. 1 after a mid-air collision, according to a Tuesday release from the service.

Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 aboard the USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51) recovered the debris after almost a weeklong search from under 107 feet of water. Diving operations were completed on Monday, according to the statement. Read More

Report: Egyptian Military Aid Quietly Suspended

Report: Egyptian Military Aid Quietly Suspended

An Egyptian M1A1 Abrams tank in 2011. A suspension in military aid to Egypt could halt expansion of the inventory from 1,000 to 1,500.

An Egyptian M1A1 Abrams tank in 2011. A suspension in military aid to Egypt could halt expansion of the inventory from 1,000 to 1,500.

Almost half a billion dollars in 2013 military aid to Egypt has been quietly suspended pending the outcome of the current unrest in the country, staff with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee responsible for foreign aid, told The Daily Beast news service on Monday. Read More