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Panel: All Services Need Long-Range Strike Capabilities

Panel: All Services Need Long-Range Strike Capabilities

An M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launches a Precision Strike Missile on Dec. 10, 2019, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. US Army Photo

The Army “didn’t sneak out in the dead of night” to establish its own long-range fires regime to stay relevant in the Indo-Pacific, a missile defense analyst said on Wednesday. Read More

Milley: China Wants Capability to Take Taiwan by 2027, Sees No Near-term Intent to Invade

Milley: China Wants Capability to Take Taiwan by 2027, Sees No Near-term Intent to Invade

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the fiscal year 2022 budget for the Defense Department, June 17, 2021. DoD Photo

China wants the ability to invade and hold Taiwan within the next six years but might not intend to do so in the near term, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Congress today. Read More

VIDEO: Russian Fighters Buzz British Warship in Black Sea, U.K. Denies Reports Bombs Dropped, Warning Shots Fired

VIDEO: Russian Fighters Buzz British Warship in Black Sea, U.K. Denies Reports Bombs Dropped, Warning Shots Fired

U.K. warship HMS Defender entering the Black Sea on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission

This post has been updated with Russian military video showing additional details of the transit.

Russian fighters and warships did not fire warning shots or drop bombs to warn off U.K. warship HMS Defender (D36) operating in the Black Sea, the U.K. Ministry of Defense said in a Wednesday statement to USNI News. Read More

U.K., U.S. F-35Bs Launch Anti-ISIS Strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

U.K., U.S. F-35Bs Launch Anti-ISIS Strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

U.K. Royal Air Force F-35B Lightnings conducting sorties in support of Operation SHADER across the Middle East. U.K. MoD Photo

British and American F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters flew anti-ISIS strike missions from the U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) – a first for the U.K. in a decade, defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Reagan Carrier Strike Group Now in Indian Ocean, Heading to Middle East

Reagan Carrier Strike Group Now in Indian Ocean, Heading to Middle East

Sailors push back an arresting gear wire after an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in the Indian Ocean as it heads to the Middle East to help provide support for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read More