Proposed FY 2017 HAC-D Bill Boosts Navy Shipbuilding, Aviation Funding

Proposed FY 2017 HAC-D Bill Boosts Navy Shipbuilding, Aviation Funding

USS Freedom (LCS-1) transits alongside USS Anchorage (LPD-23) off the coast of Southern California on Feb. 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS Freedom (LCS-1) transits alongside USS Anchorage (LPD-23) off the coast of Southern California on Feb. 16, 2016. US Navy Photo

The proposed Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill from the House Appropriations defense subcommittee (HAC-D) calls for increases in the Navy’s aviation and shipbuilding spends over the service’s initial budget request. Read More

Marines To Add 'Harvest Hawk' Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

Marines To Add ‘Harvest Hawk’ Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

Two Spanish Navy Harriers fly behind a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during an aerial-refueling exercise off the coast of Spain May 15, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

Two Spanish Navy Harriers fly behind a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during an aerial-refueling exercise off the coast of Spain May 15, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to correct the name of the sensor ball included in the Harvest Hawk kit. The Marines will use the MX-20 sensor package.

THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the “Harvest Hawk” concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Read More

Beijing Vows to Increase South China Sea Defenses, Calls U.S. ‘Greatest Threat’ in Region

Beijing Vows to Increase South China Sea Defenses, Calls U.S. ‘Greatest Threat’ in Region

People's Liberation Army troops patrol an island in the South China Sea. PLA Photo

People’s Liberation Army troops patrol an island in the South China Sea. PLA Photo

Chinese officials took a rhetorical hard line this week calling U.S. military actions in the South China Sea the “greatest threat” to stability in the region and vowed to increase its own military presence in the region, according to a Wednesday statement from the Chinese military. Read More

Neller: Marines Need To Shift Training Now To Prepare For Naval Info-Warfare Battle

Neller: Marines Need To Shift Training Now To Prepare For Naval Info-Warfare Battle

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assault a beachhead during an amphibious training raid in Djibouti, Aug. 15, 2012. US Marine Corps photo.

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assault a beachhead during an amphibious training raid in Djibouti, Aug. 15, 2012. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps cannot rely on new gear alone to be prepared for the next war that arises, but rather needs to train now for a future naval-centric battle in the age of information warfare, the commandant of the Marine Corps said last week. Read More