Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore
Shortly after the presidential election, USNI News ran a piece looking forward into a U.S. military under a Trump administration.
The report pieced together statements from Trump that may represent his outline for what he often stated was a need to “rebuild the military.” Briefly summarized, Trump’s plan would result in 50 new ships for the U.S. Navy, a 33-percent growth in the size of the Marine Corps, and 50,000 additional soldiers for the Army. Read More
The following is a Nov. 9, 2016 memo from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to the U.S. Department of Defense following the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Read More
Andrew Garfield as Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss in the new film Hacksaw Ridge. Lionsgate Photo
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the number of U.S. service members who were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Okinawa. Twenty-four service members were awarded the Medal of Honor following the battle — 13 posthumously.
The Battle of Okinawa has been referred to as a “meat grinder” because of the carnage that took place during the three months of savage fighting between Japanese and U.S. led allied forces in 1945. Read More
Aircraft CF-02, an F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant attached to the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 completes a flyover of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000). US Navy Photo
The driving concept behind the Pentagon’s Third Offset Strategy comes down to : If we’re not changing, we’re losing to “pacing competitors” like Russia and China in conventional warfare. Read More
Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (HSC-28) embrace Haitians after delivering aid to a landing zone on Oct. 16. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. US Navy photo.
Ground-based Marine Corps and Army aviation units are already leaving Haiti and amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will likely leave this week, as the military wraps up its Hurricane Matthew response effort and turns the long-term rebuilding effort over to United States Agency for International Development and other organizations. Read More
The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.
Dozens of unmanned systems have been operating off the northwest coast of Scotland as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior exercise, held in conjunction with the 18-nation Joint Warrior 2016 exercise. Read More
The following is the Sept. 29, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts. Read More
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command and soldiers from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment load an Ohio Air National Guard C-130H Hercules in preparation to depart Kingston, Jamaica, for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort in response to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 5, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.
More than 420 Marines on two Navy ships are preparing to head to the Caribbean if called upon to respond to Hurricane Matthew, and a portion of the Marine Corps unit working in Central America is already in Haiti. Read More
A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) practices targeting during Valiant Shield 16 on Tinian island in the Northern Marianas, Sept. 21, 2016. The combat rehearsal demonstrated the HIMARS expeditionary capability in support of Valiant Shield, a biennial, U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. US Marine Corps photo.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military needs to move from two-domain Air-Land Battle and Air-Sea Battle operating concepts into a more complex Multi-Domain Battle to be successful against not only near-peer competitors but also separatists and other lower-end threats, military officials said today. Read More
The following is the Sept. 2, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, How Big Should the Army Be? Considerations for Congress. Read More