Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Marines Won't Need a Carrier for High-End Fight With MUX Unmanned System

Marines Won’t Need a Carrier for High-End Fight With MUX Unmanned System

DARPA demonstrator system of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system (UAS). DAPRA Image

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Marine Corps and Navy are preparing for a high-end fight that will require ships to be distributed across the ocean rather than clustered around an aircraft carrier, and the Marines’ future Group 5 unmanned aerial system will give them the airborne early warning capability to break free from the carrier and its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft. Read More

BALTOPS 2018 Continues Emphasis on Air-Sea Integration, Complex Free-Play Phase

BALTOPS 2018 Continues Emphasis on Air-Sea Integration, Complex Free-Play Phase

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Pokego, Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, charges up a beach dune during a simulated amphibious assault as part of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. US Navy photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy.

THE PENTAGON — The annual Baltic Operations exercise is underway for the 46th time, continuing last year’s priorities of increasing the integration of aircraft and ships and boosting the difficulty of the free-play phase that concludes the exercise. Read More

Marine Corps Wants Forces in U.S. Ready to Surge for Major War

Marine Corps Wants Forces in U.S. Ready to Surge for Major War

Marines with Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 takes off from Twentynine Palms, Calif. on June 1, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Marine Corps wants to focus its continental U.S.-based forces training for a high-end large-scale war, in case a conflict on the Korean Peninsula or elsewhere requires a massive surge force. Read More

Marines Forward-Deploy Portable Drone-Killing System

Marines Forward-Deploy Portable Drone-Killing System

A Marine M-ATV (left) and a MRZR (right) equipped with a ground-based air defense counter-UAV system. USNI News Photo

THE PENTAGON — Forward-deployed Marines are using a new system to protect U.S. troops from the threat of cheap and lethal unmanned aerial vehicles, the service told USNI News last week. Read More

Davidson Takes Charge of Newly Renamed U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Davidson Takes Charge of Newly Renamed U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), is piped aboard during the USPACOM change of command ceremony. During the Ceremony on May 30, 2018. US Navy Photo

While in Hawaii celebrating a change of U.S. military leadership in the Pacific, top Pentagon officials stood in the spotlight told other regional powers that U.S. focus on this part of the world hasn’t wavered but sharpened.

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Navy Wants Unmanned Systems to be Ubiquitous in Future Warfare

Navy Wants Unmanned Systems to be Ubiquitous in Future Warfare

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 performs ground turns aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) in May 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s acquisition chief disbanded his unmanned systems office, not as a sign of decreased focus on its mission, but to nudge unmanned systems into becoming part of everything the Navy does. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 28, 2018

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 28, 2018

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 May 28, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More