UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the House version of the Defense Authorization bill to shift money from emergency war spending to the base budget is gimmickry that is “gambling with warfighting money at a time of war.” Read More

UPDATED: Edward Lin Pleads Not Guilty to Espionage Charges

UPDATED: Edward Lin Pleads Not Guilty to Espionage Charges

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin

This post was updated with additional information from Tuesday’s hearing and an updated charge sheet.

The naval flight officer accused of passing secrets to foreign agents and an FBI informant in a sting operation pled not guilty to charges of espionage and mishandling classified information during a Tuesday arraignment in a Norfolk, Va. military court, a U.S. official familiar with the proceedings told USNI News. Read More

Frank Kendall: Pentagon FY 2017 Focus on Research and Development Designed to Keep U.S. Military Edge

Frank Kendall: Pentagon FY 2017 Focus on Research and Development Designed to Keep U.S. Military Edge

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall in 2012. Department of Defense Photo

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall in 2012. Department of Defense Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Pentagon’s top weapons’ buyer said the Fiscal Year 2017 president’s budget paid in the research and development projects to “buy some options” for the U.S. to retain its military technological superiority. Read More

Video: CNO Richardson on the Big Picture for the U.S. Navy

Video: CNO Richardson on the Big Picture for the U.S. Navy

The following is a May 16, 2016 U.S. Navy video in which Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson outlines the roles and the future challenges of the service. The audio is an edited version of a speech Richardson has delivered several times this year when presenting overviews of the current state of the service and its potential threats. Read More

Advanced Arresting Gear Tests Delayed But Little Operational Impact Expected

Advanced Arresting Gear Tests Delayed But Little Operational Impact Expected

F/A-18E Super Hornet lands with the Advanced Arresting Gear at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on March 31, 2016. US Navy Photo

F/A-18E Super Hornet lands with the Advanced Arresting Gear at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on March 31, 2016. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) test schedule for aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was pushed back again, but the delay may cause little impact thanks to a slew of post-delivery test requirements for the first-in-class ship, the CVN-78 class program manager told USNI News. Read More

Navy to Industry: ‘If You’re Not Open Architecture, You’re Not Relevant’

Navy to Industry: ‘If You’re Not Open Architecture, You’re Not Relevant’

Artist's rendering of open architecture systems on a Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) guided missile destroyer. AOC Incorporated Image

Artist’s rendering of open architecture systems on an Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) guided missile destroyer. AOC Incorporated Image

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — The director of the Navy staff told industry “if you’re not open architecture, you’re not relevant” when having to fight in a contested environment so offer the sea services systems that meet that requirement and can be used in a variety of ways. Read More

Vice Adm. Ted Branch: Roles of Electronic and Information Warfare Staring to Blend as Community Matures

Vice Adm. Ted Branch: Roles of Electronic and Information Warfare Staring to Blend as Community Matures

Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare. US Navy Photo

Vice Adm. Ted Branch, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy’s senior information warfare officer defined the terrain he is working in as a combination of electronic and cyber warfare with a goal for this year updating the service and joint strategies to create a set of guidance for the community that, “means something.” Read More

UPDATED: AeroVironment to Supply Blackwing Mini UAVs for Navy Attack, Guided Missile Submarines

UPDATED: AeroVironment to Supply Blackwing Mini UAVs for Navy Attack, Guided Missile Submarines

Artist's concept of a U.S. Navy submarines launching a Blackwing UAV. AeroVironment Image

Artist’s concept of a U.S. Navy submarines launching a Blackwing UAV. AeroVironment Image

This post has been updated with additional information from AeroVironment.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy has selected the unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer AeroVironment to supply miniature UAVs for the service’s fleet of attack and guided missile submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles, the company announced on Monday during the Sea-Air-Space 2016 Exposition. Read More

Opinion: Tomahawk Missile for Japan

Opinion: Tomahawk Missile for Japan

1024px-US_Navy_030327-N-9964S-519_The_guided_missile_destroyer_USS_Winston_S._Churchill_(DDG_81)_launches_a_Tomahawk_Land_Attack_Missile_(TLAM)_toward_IraqJapan increasingly finds itself amid an unsettling security environment. The growing capabilities of the Chinese and Russian militaries coincide with intensified air and naval activity against the backdrop of unresolved territorial disputes. On the Korean Peninsula, the erratic regime of Kim Jong-un alarms its neighbors with provocative rhetoric and missile tests. And in Bangladesh and Indonesia, violent Islamic extremism extends its reach with ISIS-supported attacks. Read More