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Obama's European Military Expansion

Obama’s European Military Expansion

President Barack Obama in Poland on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama in Poland on Tuesday. Reuters Photo

The White House has unveiled an ambitious plan to reinvest over $1 billion in U.S. military personnel and equipment into efforts to bolster regional security with Washington’s allies in Europe. Read More

Former Blue Angels CO Reprimanded for 'Pervasive Sexual Harassment'

Former Blue Angels CO Reprimanded for ‘Pervasive Sexual Harassment’

Capt. Greg McWherter at Scott Air Force Base Sept. 9 2010. US Air Force Photo

Capt. Greg McWherter at Scott Air Force Base Sept. 9, 2010. US Air Force Photo

The Navy has found the former two-time commanding officer of the service’s Blue Angels demonstration team guilty of two counts under military law after allegations surfaced he created a command climate that allowed pornography to be placed in the cockpits of the team’s jets, allowed male genitalia to be painted on the roof of a training trailer and allowed hazing, the service announced on Tuesday.

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Navy Joint Strike Fighter Set for October Tests at Sea

Navy Joint Strike Fighter Set for October Tests at Sea

An F-35C Lightning II aircraft makes an arrested landing during a test flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on May 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II aircraft makes an arrested landing during a test flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on May 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Lockheed Martin F-35C carrier-based version of the Joint Strike Fighter is making steady progress towards sea-trials onboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in October according to a company official. Read More

Navy Altered Destroyer Upgrades Due to Budget Pressure, Demand for Ships

Navy Altered Destroyer Upgrades Due to Budget Pressure, Demand for Ships

USS Halsey (DDG-97), USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) and USS Gridley (DDG-101) underway on May, 23 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Halsey (DDG-97), USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) and USS Gridley (DDG-101) underway on May, 23 2014. US Navy Photo

Budget pressure and an insatiable demand for ships capable of bulls eyeing ballistic missiles drove the Navy to alter its plan to upgrade Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51), officials with the Navy surface warfare policy division (OPNAV N96) told USNI News during a Thursday briefing at the Pentagon.

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Navy Taking a Second Look at A Five-Inch Guided Round

Navy Taking a Second Look at A Five-Inch Guided Round

USS Nitze (DDG 94) fires its MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight gun on May 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Nitze (DDG 94) fires its MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight gun on May 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post was updated from an earlier version to include a statement from Raytheon.

The Navy’s surface warfare community is taking a second look at a guided shell that could be fired from existing ship board guns as part of the service’s recent focus on expanding the combat power of the Navy’s surface ships, USNI News has learned. Read More

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal

F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August 2013. US Navy Photo

F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in August 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is making good progress toward meeting its July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date according to company officials. Read More

U.S. Global Hawks Operate in U.K. and Japan

U.S. Global Hawks Operate in U.K. and Japan

RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the runway before beginning a nighttime mission. US Air Force Photo

RQ-4 Global Hawk sits on the runway before beginning a nighttime mission. US Air Force Photo

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawks has been busy in recent days, touching down in Japan and participating in NATO exercises over the U.K. for the first time. Read More