James Schlesinger — the former head of the Pentagon, the CIA and the first Secretary of Energy — died on Thursday. Read More
A Portsmouth, Va. truck driver with no formal access to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. has been identified by NCIS as the probable shooter of a sailor who died Monday onboard USS Mahan (DDG-72), raising questions of naval installation security at Norfolk and other naval bases.
The Navy will likely need five more years of funding above its base budget to send ships through dry dock to overcome years of deferred maintenance, and the Marine Corps’ needs two or three years of additional funding to reset its equipment, senior sea service officers told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee on Thursday. Read More
A constellation of twenty former U.S. Marine Corps generals — including a former commandant —wrote Congress to “highlight concerns,” on the health of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious forces and are throwing their support behind extending the San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship hull form beyond the Navy’s current plan of 11 ships.
The following is a March 25, 2014 letter addressed to members of Congress signed by 20 retired Marine generals advocating for more amphibious warships calling the current Navy funding for the ships “inadequate” to meet U.S. strategic goals. Read More
The Navy’s director of air warfare told Congress Wednesday the service might want more electronic attack aircraft to effectively fight a high end joint air war. Read More
The F-35 program office is confident that the aircraft’s Block 2B software will be ready in time for the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date, but a more pressing concern is modifying the existing Joint Strike Fighter fleet to combat-capable standards. Read More
The Navy has identified the sailor who was slain onboard USS Mahan (DDG -72) in a shooting on Monday while the ship was pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Read More
Budget constraints are forcing the U.S. Marine Corps, “to sacrifice long-term health for near-term readiness,” Marine commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More
The missile the U.S. Navy plans to use in early versions of the Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package and on Cyclone class patrol craft has reached initial operating capability (IOC) for its first use at sea, missile maker Raytheon announced Tuesday. Read More