Iran Denies it Flew ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon Says Different

Iran Denies it Flew ISIS Airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon Says Different

An aircraft believed to be an Iranian F-4 Phantom II operating over eastern Iraq. Al Jazerra image.

An aircraft believed to be an Iranian F-4 Phantom II operating over eastern Iraq. Al Jazerra image.

This post has been amended from a previous version to include additional information from U.S. Central Command.

Iran is denying it has flown airstrikes in Iraq targeting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) despite Pentagon claims at least some Iranian strikes in Iraq have occurred. Read More

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to amend the amount the compromise 2015 NDAA included for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. House and Senate staffers yesterday said the amount was $350 million. The final number for the aircraft in the bill reported out Wednesday morning was $450 million.

The compromise 2015 defense bill between the House and the Senate will allow the Navy to move ahead with putting two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in mothballs but stops short of endorsing the service’s plan to layup half of the cruiser force, according to a Tuesday background briefing to reporters from House and Senate staffers. Read More

Interview: U.S. Navy Personnel Chief Worries Over Potential Service Retention Problems

Interview: U.S. Navy Personnel Chief Worries Over Potential Service Retention Problems

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. “Bill” Moran at Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. “Bill” Moran at Recruit Training Command (RTC) on Sept. 12, 2014. US Navy Photo

Employee retention is very much on the mind of the man whom a civilian organizational chart would label as the U.S. Navy’s head of human resources.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran— Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (N1)—in his 15 months on the job has seen signs of a looming sailor exodus that could be on par to retention woes following the Cold War and just before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Read More

Document: Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics

Document: Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, salute a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, salute a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

From the Nov. 20, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom:
This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military casualties in the active missions Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR, Iraq and Syria) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan), as well as operations that have ended, Operation New Dawn (OND, Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq). This report includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, evacuations, and the demographics of casualties. Some of these statistics are publicly available at the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) website and others have been obtained through contact with experts at DoD. Read More

Opinion: North Korea’s Sea-Based Deterrent

Opinion: North Korea’s Sea-Based Deterrent

A Soviet Golf II class ballistic missile submarine underway in 1985. North Korea is reportedly building its own sea-based nuclear deterrent based on the Golf II design. DoD Photo

A Soviet Golf II class ballistic missile submarine underway in 1985. North Korea is reportedly building its own sea-based nuclear deterrent based on the Golf II design. DoD Photo

Recent reports that North Korea is developing submarines based on obsolete Golf-II class Soviet-era submarines has gained worldwide attention. However obsolete, it is reported that North Korea had invested its time in “examining and replicating” the missile-launch system of the Soviet-era subs. Read More