Senate Panel Explores Speed of U.S. Military Technology, Weapons Development

Senate Panel Explores Speed of U.S. Military Technology, Weapons Development

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

The staggering rate of change and the unacceptable time it takes the Pentagon to introduce weapon systems is leading to “a steady erosion of U.S. technological superiority” over peer competitors and non-state actors such as the Islamic State. Those were consensus views at a Tuesday hearing on the future of warfare before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More

Marines' G/ATOR Radar May Face 1-Year Delay In IOT&E If Budget Cuts Can't Be Mitigated

Marines’ G/ATOR Radar May Face 1-Year Delay In IOT&E If Budget Cuts Can’t Be Mitigated

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Marine Corps’ new Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for aviation command and control may face up to a year delay in initial operational test and evaluation if the service cannot find a way to mitigate cuts in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Read More

Expeditionary Mobile Base Chesty Puller May Receive SOF Upgrades Before 5th Fleet Deployment

Expeditionary Mobile Base Chesty Puller May Receive SOF Upgrades Before 5th Fleet Deployment

The mobile landing platform Lewis B. Puller (T-MLP-3/T-AFSB-1) successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard on Nov. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo

The expeditionary mobile base Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard on Nov. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo

ONBOARD USNS LEWIS B. PULLER – The Navy’s newest Afloat Forward Staging Base may include special operations capabilities when it makes its maiden voyage to the Middle East in late 2016 or early 2017, if the Navy chooses to make the much-desired upgrades to the ship after a year-long test and certification period.

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U.S. Destroyer Made an ‘Innocent Passage’ Near Chinese South China Sea Artificial Island in Recent Mission

U.S. Destroyer Made an ‘Innocent Passage’ Near Chinese South China Sea Artificial Island in Recent Mission

USS Lassen (DDG 82) is underway in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS Lassen (DDG-82) underway in 2013. US Navy Photo

Last week’s South China Sea freedom of navigation mission — in which a U.S. guided missile destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese facility on an artificial island on Subi Reef — was conducted as an “innocent passage,” a defense official with knowledge of the operation confirmed to USNI News on Monday morning. Read More

Opinion: U.N. Ruling is Turning Point for Overlapping South China Sea Claims

Opinion: U.N. Ruling is Turning Point for Overlapping South China Sea Claims

A map of China's shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A map of China’s shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

The United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration handed out a decision on Thursday that the Republic of the Philippines’ case against the People’s Republic of China regarding Law of the Seas violations can be heard. This long-awaited decision marks a turning point in the complex landscape of international legality as more maritime nations seek to establish boundaries on their oceanic and littoral territories. Read More

Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd Tapped to Lead U.S. Southern Command

Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd Tapped to Lead U.S. Southern Command

Then-Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, speaks with service members aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift in 2012. US Navy Photo

Then-Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, speaks with service members aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift in 2012. US Navy Photo

The current assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and career surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd has been nominated to lead U.S. Southern Command, according to a Thursday Pentagon announcement. Read More

U.S., Chinese Navy Leaders Discuss U.S. Freedom of Navigation, South China Sea Operations

U.S., Chinese Navy Leaders Discuss U.S. Freedom of Navigation, South China Sea Operations

Adm. John Richardson attends the 10th Regional Seapower Symposium (RSS) for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries in Venice, Italy on Oct, 22 2015. US Navy Photo

Adm. John Richardson attends the 10th Regional Seapower Symposium (RSS) for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries in Venice, Italy on Oct, 22 2015. US Navy Photo

The military leaders of the U.S. and Chinese navies held a video teleconference on Thursday to discuss South China Sea naval and freedom of navigation operations that have inflamed the Chinese government, a Navy official told USNI News. Read More