Interview: Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey On Military and the Media

Interview: Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey On Military and the Media

Actor and Marine R. Lee Ermey, center, stands with GI Film Festival organizers Laura Law-Millett and Brandon Millett on Saturday, May 23, 2015. USNI News photo.

Actor and Marine R. Lee Ermey, center, stands with GI Film Festival organizers Laura Law-Millett and Brandon Millett on Saturday, May 23, 2015. US Naval Institute photo.

Actor and former Marine drill instructor R. Lee Ermey was honored at the GI Film Festival 2015 with this year’s Memorable Military Movie Character award for his award-winning portrayal of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket.

Prior to accepting his award at the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday, Ermey spoke to USNI News about how the military and its image in the media has changed since his time in the Marine Corps. Ermey served in the Marine Corps for 11 years, including a 1968 deployment to Vietnam. Read More

Navy, Contractors Trimming Weight on Both Littoral Combat Ship Variants Ahead of Frigate Design

Navy, Contractors Trimming Weight on Both Littoral Combat Ship Variants Ahead of Frigate Design

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard to view the construction progress of multiple Freedom-class variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in various stages of completion in July 2013. US Navy photo.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard to view the construction progress of multiple Freedom-class variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in various stages of completion in July 2013. US Navy photo.

The Navy is working with shipbuilders Austal USA and Lockheed Martin to take weight out of its current Littoral Combat Ships and future frigate design to allow for the addition of more armor and weapons, the Navy has told USNI News. Read More

Australia Launches First Hobart Destroyer Amidst Additional Cost Overruns, Delays

Australia Launches First Hobart Destroyer Amidst Additional Cost Overruns, Delays

Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer Hobart shortly after its launch on May 23, 2015. Government of Australia Photo

Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer Hobart shortly after its launch on May 23, 2015. Government of Australia Photo

Australia’s state owned shipbuilder ASC launched the first of a new class of guided missile destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) last week a day after after a new government statement outlined additional delays and cost overruns in the three ship program. Read More

Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995–96), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese “are a great military power, the premier—the strongest—military power in the Western Pacific is the United States.” Read More

Document: China's Military Strategy

Document: China’s Military Strategy

A naval honor guard at the in 2012 on board the Liaoning. Xinhua News Agency Photo

A naval honor guard at the in 2012 on board the Liaoning. Xinhua News Agency Photo

The following is the first public Chinese Military Strategy white paper outlining a new policy of “active defense,” released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on May 26, 2015. Read More

Document: McCain, Reed Letter to SECDEF Carter On Chinese Actions in South China Sea

Document: McCain, Reed Letter to SECDEF Carter On Chinese Actions in South China Sea

The following is a May 21, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asking the Pentagon not to invite the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy to the international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises in 2016 due primarily to China’s extensive reclamation efforts in contested areas in the South China Sea. Read More

U.S. Disaster Relief Mission in Nepal Winding Down

U.S. Disaster Relief Mission in Nepal Winding Down

U.S. Marines and Nepalese soldiers unload tarps off of a UH-1Y Huey at Orang, Nepal, during Operation Sahayogi Haat, May 19. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines and Nepalese soldiers unload tarps off of a UH-1Y Huey at Orang, Nepal, during Operation Sahayogi Haat, May 19. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. forces in Nepal began drawing down this week after the Nepalese government switched from a disaster relief and rescue mode to a longer-term recovery operation. Read More