Paxton: Marines Must Prepare Manning Level, Partnerships Now For Next Conflict

Paxton: Marines Must Prepare Manning Level, Partnerships Now For Next Conflict

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment , Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.2, participate in a live fire range during Exercise Eager Lion 16 at King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Kingdom of Jordan on May 17, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment , Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.2, participate in a live fire range during Exercise Eager Lion 16 at King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Kingdom of Jordan on May 17, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps needs to push the envelope now during a so-called inter-war period – pursuing better technology, tighter international partnerships, higher manpower levels – to be ready whenever and wherever the next war breaks out, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps said this week at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016. Read More

USNI News Video: What’s In A Carrier Air Wing?

USNI News Video: What’s In A Carrier Air Wing?

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) fly in formation above USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during an air-power demonstration in the South China Sea on May 17, 2016. US navy Photo

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) fly in formation above USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during an air-power demonstration in the South China Sea on May 17, 2016. US Navy Photo

This month USNI News goes into the detail on the roles of the aircraft on the U.S. aircraft carrier with Capt. Rich ‘Snap’ Brophy, the commander of Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) currently deployed on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Western Pacific. Read More

Future Navy, Marine Corps Acquisition Will Challenge Cost Estimates, Sustainment Models

Future Navy, Marine Corps Acquisition Will Challenge Cost Estimates, Sustainment Models

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Jason D. Launder, left, an avionics technician and Cpl. Noe L. Munoz, a collateral duty inspector, both with Marine Attack Squadron 311, troubleshoot and replace the landing gear system on an AV-8B Harrier. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Jason D. Launder, left, an avionics technician and Cpl. Noe L. Munoz, a collateral duty inspector, both with Marine Attack Squadron 311, troubleshoot and replace the landing gear system on an AV-8B Harrier. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Future weapons acquisition will have to grapple with several challenges as the Navy replaces legacy systems with new ones that may accomplish a mission in drastically different ways –comparing total ownership costs of dissimilar systems, predicting how the fleet may employ these innovative concepts, and building in some agility to react when predictions don’t pan out, Navy leaders said Wednesday at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016. Read More

Navy Assisting in Search For Missing EgyptAir Flight MS 804

Navy Assisting in Search For Missing EgyptAir Flight MS 804

Two P-3C Assigned to Patrol Squadron 4 "Sneaky Dragons" (VP-4). DoD Photo

Two P-3Cs Assigned to Patrol Squadron 4 “Sneaky Dragons” (VP-4). DoD Photo

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post used the incorrect nickname for Patrol Squadron 4. The unit is known as the “Skinny Dragons” not the “Sneaky Dragons.” USNI News regrets the error. 

Acting on a request from the searchers looking for the missing EgyptAir flight that crashed early Thursday local time, the Navy has sent a maritime surveillance aircraft to look for the missing aircraft, a U.S. defense official told USNI News. Read More

New Saudi Frigate Design Details Emerge

New Saudi Frigate Design Details Emerge

Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant model. USNI News Photo

Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant model. USNI News Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The frigate Saudi Arabia will use as the backbone of its planned Eastern Fleet expansion will feature an expanded anti-air and anti-surface capability over the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class template, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy, Marines Catching Up to Maintenance Needs of MV-22s and H-1 Helos

Navy, Marines Catching Up to Maintenance Needs of MV-22s and H-1 Helos

UH-1Y Venom. Bell Photo

UH-1Y Venom. Bell Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The senior officer responsible for 40 percent of the aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory said because “there was a real-world need” for MV-22 Osprey and newer AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters, the Department of the Navy is just now catching up on maintenance of the fleet. Read More

Manazir: Networked Systems Are The Future Of 5th-Generation Warfare, Training

Manazir: Networked Systems Are The Future Of 5th-Generation Warfare, Training

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter conducts a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). US Navy Photo

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter conducts a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Success in a future operating environment will depend on networking – sharing data among sensors and weapons, weaving together the various domains, and bringing in manned and unmanned systems into the same decision loop – the Navy’s deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems (OPNAV N9) said Tuesday at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2016. Read More