Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

Guided missile destroyer Zumwalt pier-side at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Oct. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

Guided missile destroyer Zumwalt pier-side at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Oct. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

Delays in the construction of the first two of three next-generation Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard are partially to blame for slowing work on two Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) destroyers being built at the Maine yard, USNI News has learned. Read More

Expert Panel Bullish on Iran Nuclear Deal

Expert Panel Bullish on Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, before the final EU and P5+1 ministerial meeting about ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. US State Dept. Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, before the final EU and P5+1 ministerial meeting about ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. US State Dept. Photo

A one-time hostage of Iran and now a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy says this week’s nuclear weapons agreement with Iran comes down to “this issue of trust” and gave the new Iran nuclear deal his support. Read More

China Commissions First MLP-Like Logistics Ship, Headed For South Sea Fleet

China Commissions First MLP-Like Logistics Ship, Headed For South Sea Fleet

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China commissioned its first semi-submersible logistics ship for the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLAN) in a July 10 ceremony at the PLAN’s Zhanjiang Naval Base in Guangdong Province. CCTV Image

China commissioned its first semi-submersible logistics ship for the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLAN) in a July 10 ceremony at the PLAN’s Zhanjiang Naval Base in Guangdong Province. Read More

Pentagon Policy Chief Christine Wormuth Outlines Ongoing U.S. Security Challenges

Pentagon Policy Chief Christine Wormuth Outlines Ongoing U.S. Security Challenges

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on July 13, 2015 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. CSIS Screengrab

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth on July 13, 2015 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. CSIS Screengrab

While the American public’s attention—when it focuses on Afghanistan—is centered on the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the uptick of terrorist attacks in Kabul and Khost, the Pentagon’s top policy chief says the Taliban are “definitely taking more hits than they did in 2014.” Read More

Document: Iran Nuclear Deal

Document: Iran Nuclear Deal

The following is the text of the July 14, 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the Islamic Republic of Iran and China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the U.K. and the U.S. over the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Read More

F-35B Begins New 'Operational Readiness Inspection' This Week Before IOC Decision

F-35B Begins New ‘Operational Readiness Inspection’ This Week Before IOC Decision

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 prepares to touch down aboard Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. US Marine Corps photo.

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 prepares to touch down aboard Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. US Marine Corps photo.

A previous version of this story indicated the U.S. Marine Corps flies F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. In fact, the USMC flies the F/A-18 C/D Hornet. The post has been amended.

PENTAGON – The Marine Corps added one final test before deciding whether to declare initial operational capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF): a first-ever Operational Readiness Inspection. Read More