Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

Korean Battle Flags with Links to Kim Jong Un Found at Naval Academy

Korean Battle Flags with Links to Kim Jong Un Found at Naval Academy

U.S. Marines posing with General Uh Je-yeon flag aboard USS Colorado in 1871

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Long forgotten flags captured by U.S. forces during an obscure 19th-century military action in Korea were uncovered during restoration work at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis last week. The well-preserved flags were rediscovered in the academy’s Mahan Hall when British ensigns seized as trophies during the War of 1812 were removed from their display cases. Read More

Strategic Review: Navy Hasn't Learned From Its Mistakes, Needs to Be Clear About Ship, Aircraft Readiness

Strategic Review: Navy Hasn’t Learned From Its Mistakes, Needs to Be Clear About Ship, Aircraft Readiness

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Massey, from Dunlap, Ill., stands an intelligence watch during a transit of the Strait of Hormuz aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy historically doesn’t learn from its mistakes, needs better command and control structures to operate the fleet, and needs to be more honest with Congress and the White House about the capabilities it can provide the nation, were key findings contained in a strategic review of the service released on Thursday. Read More

Training, Spares Already Hurt by Continuing Resolution; Longer CR Would Block Slew of Ship Buys in January

Training, Spares Already Hurt by Continuing Resolution; Longer CR Would Block Slew of Ship Buys in January

The guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) leads the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47) and San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) in formation during a simulated strait transit as part of Dawn Blitz 2017. US Navy Photo

Lawmakers bought themselves two more weeks to pass a defense spending bill, after extending the continuing resolution that has funded the government since the start of the fiscal year, but the Navy is already seeing decreased readiness as a result of operating under a CR and would face severe procurement challenges if a defense budget isn’t passed by the end of the month. Read More

Report: Current Budget Fight Hints at Long-Term Battle Between Pentagon and Budget Hawks

Report: Current Budget Fight Hints at Long-Term Battle Between Pentagon and Budget Hawks

A United States Marine Corps helicopter is seen flying through this scene of the full Moon and the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from Arlington National Cemetery. NASA PHOTO

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Defense budget is still being hammered out on Capitol Hill, a more significant fight for the long-term vision of military spending is occurring behind the scenes, pitting West Wing number crunchers against Pentagon leaders, according to a new analysis on Pentagon spending.

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USMC Warfighting Lab Harnesses Tech-Savvy From Young Marines

USMC Warfighting Lab Harnesses Tech-Savvy From Young Marines

Pfc. Edgar Langle, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, operates a newly developed Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System in a field environment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 8, 2016. The system was built by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory to assist Marines in carrying gear and clearing buildings. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab has created a Non-Commissioned Officer Fellowship to bring young enlisted Marines into the lab and leverage their tech-savvy and adaptive approaches to warfare to shape future experiments. Read More

James 'Hondo' Geurts Sworn In As Navy Acquisition Chief

James ‘Hondo’ Geurts Sworn In As Navy Acquisition Chief

 

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer swears in James “Hondo” Geurts as as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer swore in James Geurts Tuesday morning to be the new Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition.

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14 Amphibs Tied Up In Maintenance, Exacerbating Shortfall in Available Ships for Marines' At-Sea Training

14 Amphibs Tied Up In Maintenance, Exacerbating Shortfall in Available Ships for Marines’ At-Sea Training

Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), and executive officer Cmdr. David M. Oden inspect the hull of the ship in a floating dry dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), Aug. 25. 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – Nearly half the Navy’s amphibious ships are currently tied up in maintenance availabilities and the service would be several ships short of need if it had to scramble the fleet for a major contingency, in large part due to continuing resolutions and other budget challenges, top Navy and Marine Corps operations officials said today. Read More