Aegis Ashore Site To Reach 'Technical Capability Declaration' This Week, But Not Operational Until Early 2016

Aegis Ashore Site To Reach ‘Technical Capability Declaration’ This Week, But Not Operational Until Early 2016

U.S. Navy Sailors and American and Romanian contractors construct a U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system at Naval Support Faculty Deveselu, Romania in January 2015. US Navy photo.

U.S. Navy Sailors and American and Romanian contractors construct a U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system at Naval Support Faculty Deveselu, Romania in January 2015. US Navy photo.

U.S. and Romanian officials will make a “Technical Capability Declaration” for the first Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site this Friday, a formal announcement that the site has moved from construction to the integration phase – though still short of the goal for the system to go operational by the end of this year. Read More

Truman Carrier Strike Group Enters U.S. 5th Fleet To Begin Anti-ISIS Operations

Truman Carrier Strike Group Enters U.S. 5th Fleet To Begin Anti-ISIS Operations

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 perform a formation flyby off the port side of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on Dec. 13, just prior to the ship transiting from U.S. 6th Fleet to U.S. 5th Fleet. US Navy photo.

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 perform a formation flyby off the port side of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on Dec. 13, just prior to the ship transiting from U.S. 6th Fleet to U.S. 5th Fleet. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy once again has an aircraft carrier in U.S. Central Command, after the Truman Carrier Strike Group passed through the Suez Canal on Monday and became a U.S. 5th Fleet asset. Read More

Final FY 2016 Spending Bill Released; Funds Super Hornets, Growlers, Additional F-35s

Final FY 2016 Spending Bill Released; Funds Super Hornets, Growlers, Additional F-35s

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The House and Senate appropriations committees released a final Fiscal Year 2016 spending plan that meets the new requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and funds the Defense Department at $572.8 billion in base and Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funding. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Plans Modest $1.83B Taiwan Arms Deal; Little Offensive Power in Proposed Package

UPDATED: U.S. Plans Modest $1.83B Taiwan Arms Deal; Little Offensive Power in Proposed Package

Guard at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Photo via Wikipedia

Guard at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Photo via Wikipedia

The following post has been updated to include a statement from Sen. John McCain and links to the individual Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announcements.

The State Department will present Congress a comparatively modest $1.83 billion arms foreign military sales deal to Taiwan today – the first arms package for the island nation in four years, USNI News has learned. Read More