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X-47B Will Pair With Manned Aircraft in Testing Later This Year

X-47B Will Pair With Manned Aircraft in Testing Later This Year

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy plans to take the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstrator (UCAS-D) aircraft out to sea onboard an aircraft carrier this summer to test how well it operates together with manned aircraft around the ship and on the flight deck. Read More

Document: Pentagon Joint History Office Report on the Post Cold War Decade

Document: Pentagon Joint History Office Report on the Post Cold War Decade

Newly arrived Marines are led through an encampment near an airfield during Operation Desert Shield. Department of Defense Photo

Newly arrived Marines are led through an encampment near an airfield during Operation Desert Shield. Department of Defense Photo

The following is from the introduction of the recently released report, Other Than War: The American Military Experience and Operations in the Post-Cold War Decade by Frank Schubert for the Pentagon’s Joint History Office. Read More

Document: Pentagon's 2013 Director, Operational Test & Evaluation Report

Document: Pentagon’s 2013 Director, Operational Test & Evaluation Report

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The Defense Department has released its annual Department of Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) on Jan. 29. The report catalogues major U.S. weapons systems and presents an assessment of the all the service’s acquisitions that can tend to be highly critical.
The service’s often contest the findings of DOT&E as dated criticisms or a reiteration of known ongoing problems with weapon’s programs. Read More

Report: No Evidence China Patrolled Near Malaysia

Report: No Evidence China Patrolled Near Malaysia

An undated Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan. Chinese state media claimed the ship was part a three ship flotilla that patrolled off the shore of Malaysia. Chinese Ministry of Defense Photo

An undated Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan. Chinese state media claimed the ship was part a three ship flotilla that patrolled off the shore of Malaysia. Chinese Ministry of Defense Photo

Malaysian military officials are disputing a claim made in Chinese state media that three People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships conducted a Jan. 26 patrol around James Shoal — 58 miles off the coast of the island nation, according to a Tuesday report in Jane’s Defence Weekly. Read More

U.S. Dependence on Space Assets Could be a Liability in a Conflict with China

U.S. Dependence on Space Assets Could be a Liability in a Conflict with China

Launch of Atlas V MUOS-2, July 19, 2013 from Cape Canaveral AFS. US Navy Photo

Launch of Atlas V MUOS-2, July 19, 2013 from Cape Canaveral AFS. US Navy Photo

Challenges the United States faces in space “are on a par with cyber,” the chairman of a key U.S. House panel said as witnesses described China’s advances in an area where “some vulnerabilities we just can’t escape”—acknowledging the two nations are now engaged in a “long-time competition” that cannot be firewalled from other domains. Read More

House Members Push Against Rumored U.S. Carrier Cut

House Members Push Against Rumored U.S. Carrier Cut

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. in 2012.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. in 2012.


A bipartisan group of Congressmen have written a letter to the Secretary of Defense expressing their strong support for maintaining a fleet of 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers despite rumors the Pentagon is considering cutting the carrier fleet. Read More

Document: House Letter In Support of 11 Carrier Navy

Document: House Letter In Support of 11 Carrier Navy

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in 2013. US Navy Photo

The following is a letter from members of the House Armed Services Committee to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in support of an 11 carrier U.S. Navy. The U.S. is obligated to maintain an 11 carrier fleet under law. Read More