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New Defense Bill Could Force Navy To Revamp UCLASS Program

New Defense Bill Could Force Navy To Revamp UCLASS Program

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy may be forced to revamp its acquisition strategy for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft program if the House of Representatives’ version Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sticks. Read More

Lockheed: New Carrier Hook for F-35

Lockheed: New Carrier Hook for F-35

An F-35C Lightning II aircraft in August, 2013. US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II aircraft in August, 2013. US Navy Photo

Lockheed Martin is set to deliver a production version of the tailhook for the carrier-based F-35C Joint Strike Fighter after an engineering glitch forced a partial redesign of the system.

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Marines Bullish on F-35B

Marines Bullish on F-35B

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August, 2013. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August, 2013. US Navy Photo

While the U.S. Air Force is catching flack from Congress based on the assumption it will retire its fleet of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft due to budgetary pressures for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), the U.S. Marine Corps is thrilled to be receiving Lockheed Martin F-35Bs to perform that same close air support (CAS) mission. Read More

Panel: China Will Likely Continue Aggressive Naval Expansion

Panel: China Will Likely Continue Aggressive Naval Expansion

china_SongsChina’s economy may have significant problems ahead that would put the brakes on military spending for ships, missiles and aircraft in the next decade, therefore its leaders may see the next few years as the best time to improve its positions in the near seas, military and China experts told a key congressional defense committee on Wednesday. Read More

Finding I-400: How It Happened and Why That Matters

Finding I-400: How It Happened and Why That Matters

An image of the I-400 submarine. Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory Photo

An image of the I-400 submarine. Hawai’i Undersea Research Laboratory Photo

Last week the media around the world carried stories about the rediscovery of the Japanese super-submarine I-400. One of the more unique submarines of the past century—part aircraft carrier, part submarine—she inspired books, television documentaries, and a years-long quest to find exactly where it had come to rest in a postwar weapons test designed to keep it from Soviet eyes. Read More

Japan Seeks to Expand Military Power in Response to Chinese Expansion

Japan Seeks to Expand Military Power in Response to Chinese Expansion

U.S. Marine instructor with Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, drives a group of Japanese soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Western Army Infantry Regiment around San Diego Bay in a rigid-hull inflatable boat. DoD Photo

U.S. Marine instructor with Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, drives a group of Japanese soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment around San Diego Bay in a rigid-hull inflatable boat. DoD Photo

A new draft of Japan’s national security strategy calls for an expansion of the country’s military power in reaction to China’s military rise and growing territorial claims. Read More

Kaine, Forbes Optimistic on Defense Deal by Friday

Kaine, Forbes Optimistic on Defense Deal by Friday

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) addressing the US Naval Institute Defense Forum Washington on Dec. 10, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) addressing the US Naval Institute Defense Forum Washington on Dec. 10, 2013. US Naval Institute Photo

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) expressed optimism in a pending congressional deal that may provide the Pentagon a modicum of fiscal stability. Read More

Document: SECNAV Mabus Calls for Port Services Audit

Document: SECNAV Mabus Calls for Port Services Audit

Following the recent criminal investigations into abuses in port servicing contracts for U.S. Navy ships, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued a Monday memo calling for a complete audit of port services. The final report is due in June, 2014. Read More

Navy's Hornet at 35

Navy’s Hornet at 35

Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, shoot flares as they pass the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during an airshow on Dec. 7, 2013. US Navy

Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, shoot flares as they pass the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during an airshow on Dec. 7, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy marked the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary with the fleet on a Monday at a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Read More