Category Archives: News & Analysis

New Russia-Focused Nuclear Review Calls for More Sub, Ship-Launched Missiles

New Russia-Focused Nuclear Review Calls for More Sub, Ship-Launched Missiles

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) off the coast of Florida on Aug. 31, 2016. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon released a muscular new nuclear review on Friday, doubling down on Obama-era efforts to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal while launching initiatives officials say are designed to deter Russia, China, North Korea and Iran from going nuclear. Read More

Pentagon 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

Pentagon 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

The following is the 2018 Department of Defense Nuclear Posture Review that was released on Feb. 2, 2018. This post has been updated to include a revised version of the NPR that has corrected a graphics error. Read More

Truman Strike Group to Train with Norwegian Frigate, Deploy with German Frigate

Truman Strike Group to Train with Norwegian Frigate, Deploy with German Frigate

German Navy frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) approaches Pier 5 at Naval Station Norfolk on Jan. 28, 2018. Hessen is currently moored preparing for the ship’s participation in the Harry S. Truman Strike Group composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). US Navy photo.

A Norwegian and a German frigate are in Norfolk now to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) beginning this week, with the German ship remaining with the CSG during its upcoming overseas deployment. Read More

More Punishments Issued for Fatal Western Pacific Destroyer Collisions; Dates Set for Initial D.C. Criminal Hearings

More Punishments Issued for Fatal Western Pacific Destroyer Collisions; Dates Set for Initial D.C. Criminal Hearings

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) stands by before it is loaded onto the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Pascagoula, Mississippi to complete repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)

THE PENTAGON – Navy leadership has issued more punishments to sailors involved in the two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific, senior service officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

NSA Chief Adm. Mike Rogers Expected to Retire this Spring; Leaves Complicated Legacy

NSA Chief Adm. Mike Rogers Expected to Retire this Spring; Leaves Complicated Legacy

Then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter walks with Adm. Mike Rogers after landing at Fort Meade, Md., for a visit in March 2015. DoD photo.

The search is on for a replacement for Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and the last Obama intelligence appointee remaining in the Trump administration. Rogers is expected to retire this spring after an eventful – and often controversial – four years. Read More

Pentagon Confirms SM-3 Block IIA Missile Missed its Target in Test This Week

Pentagon Confirms SM-3 Block IIA Missile Missed its Target in Test This Week

The Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD), and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, announced the successful completion of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA flight test from the Point Mugu Sea Range, San Nicolas Island, California. Missile Defense Agency photo.

An SM-3 Block IIA missile test shot fired from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii this week did not hit its target after a successful launch, Pentagon officials confirmed Thursday.

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CNO Richardson: Navy Needs 6 Elements to Create 'Whole' Fleet

CNO Richardson: Navy Needs 6 Elements to Create ‘Whole’ Fleet

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Dec. 30, 2017. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson wants to expand how lawmakers, the public and the service think about the U.S. Navy by focusing on a six-pronged approach to achieving and maintaining U.S. naval power. Read More

New Video Shows Russian Fighter Within 5 Feet of U.S. Surveillance Plane

New Video Shows Russian Fighter Within 5 Feet of U.S. Surveillance Plane

US Navy image of a Russian Su-27 fighter closing in on a EP-3E surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea on Jan. 29, 2017.

The Navy released additional video footage of a fully armed Russian Su-27 fighter intercepting a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea on Jan. 29, 2017. The new footage clearly shows the armed fighter came within five feet of the Aries II during the encounter. Read More