Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Panel: U.S. Began Afghanistan War with Unrealistic Expectations

Panel: U.S. Began Afghanistan War with Unrealistic Expectations

U.S. Soldiers and contractors load High Mobility Multi-purposed Wheeled Vehicles, HUMVs, to be sent for transport in support of the Resolute Support retrograde mission in Afghanistan on July 13, 2020. US Army Photo

American expectations of what could be achieved in Afghanistan – establishing a democracy by defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban – were too high, and initially too narrowly focused on revenge and justice following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, two national security experts said Thursday.
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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 8, 2021

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 8, 2021

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of July 8, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

First Marine F-35C Squadron Ready to Deploy on Navy Aircraft Carriers

First Marine F-35C Squadron Ready to Deploy on Navy Aircraft Carriers

An F-35C Lighting II assigned to the ‘Black Knights’ from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on April 16, 2021. US Navy Photo

The “Black Knights” of U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 have taken their next step ahead of deploying on Navy aircraft carriers for the first time.
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Marine Corps Wants a Digital Blueprint Locker for Access to 3D Printing Plans Anywhere

Marine Corps Wants a Digital Blueprint Locker for Access to 3D Printing Plans Anywhere

Cpl. Aiden Bemis, a digital manufacturing engineer with 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, looks at the prototype of a steering wheel remover tool at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, April 29, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps wants to establish a secure, digital repository that Marines anywhere could tap into for help building needed spare parts with 3D printers. Read More

Marines Say Unit Costs for CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Dropping

Marines Say Unit Costs for CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Dropping

CH-53K, K3, piloted by Mr. Rob Pupalaikis and Maj. Joshua Foxton, flies an aerial refueling test with an external load on Sept. 28, 2020, from NAS Patuxent River, MD. Sikorsky Photo.

The Marine Corps’ top aviation officer assured a key House panel this week that the unit costs of the CH-53K King Sea Stallion helicopter are dropping significantly. Read More

CNO Gilday: Tight Budgets Require Balance Between Readiness, Modernization

CNO Gilday: Tight Budgets Require Balance Between Readiness, Modernization

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday tours Bath Iron Works with Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Angus King on May 10, 2021. US Navy Photo

While the Navy is focused on readiness to prevent the pitfalls of an overworked and untrained force, it must also manage the need for modernization with maintaining the current fleet, the service’s top officer said today. Read More

Panel: Budget Priorities Prompted Navy Cut to Forces to Prevent Hollow Fleet

Panel: Budget Priorities Prompted Navy Cut to Forces to Prevent Hollow Fleet

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105), front, and Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) transit the Pacific Ocean on June 13, 2021. US Navy Photo

While the Marine Corps is divesting legacy systems to invest in modernization, the Navy has had to make cuts to sustain its current force, the admiral who oversees the Navy budget said today. Read More