USMC Examining Simulated Training Effectiveness, Capability Gaps

USMC Examining Simulated Training Effectiveness, Capability Gaps

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. US Navy photo.

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. US Navy photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia – When Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford released his Commandant’s Planning Guidance in January, he shined a spotlight on live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training.

The Marine Corps should use simulators to the greatest extent possible, he wrote. But they need to cover all the right warfighting areas. And the service needs to ensure Marines get enough hours in the simulator. And the simulators need to align with training and readiness goals.

With a new focus on LVC training, the Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM) is in the midst of several efforts to ensure its LVC training capabilities are supporting the right skills and in the right quantities. Read More

Document: GAO Report on Navy UCLASS Requirements

Document: GAO Report on Navy UCLASS Requirements

The following is Government Accountability Office report, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate Match between Its Requirements and Available Resources. The report was released on May 4, 2015. Read More

Navy Not Following Marines' Lead in Developing V-22 Osprey Tanker

Navy Not Following Marines’ Lead in Developing V-22 Osprey Tanker

Undated photo of an aerial refueling test from a Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

Undated photo of an aerial refueling test from a Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The Navy has no immediate plans to explore using its planned fleet of V-22 Ospreys carrier onboard delivery aircraft to refuel its carrier aircraft, while the Marines are actively looking to include a tanking capability in its own tilt-rotor V-22s by 2017, service officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Forbes Calls on SECNAV Mabus to Extend X-47B Testing

Forbes Calls on SECNAV Mabus to Extend X-47B Testing

A Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) during a 2014 carrier landing test. US Naval Institute Photo

A Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators (UCAS-D) during a 2014 carrier landing test. US Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) wants to keep the Navy’s two X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators (UCAS-D) flying instead of sending the two unmanned vehicles to a museum or long term storage, according to a Thursday letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus obtained by USNI News. Read More

Mabus: Navy Would Sign Contracts Now if Congress Allows Cruiser Phased Modernization

Mabus: Navy Would Sign Contracts Now if Congress Allows Cruiser Phased Modernization

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) is underway during ship maneuvering exercises between Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and Croatian navy ships in February 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) is underway during ship maneuvering exercises between Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and Croatian navy ships in February 2015. US Navy photo.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus pushed back against the logic that led the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to adopt a two-year cruiser modernization schedule, saying there were ways the Navy and Congress could work together to implement the Navy’s preferred phased modernization plan while overcoming the trust issues in Congress. Read More

U.S. Navy Ships Will Accompany American Merchant Ships Through Strait of Hormuz to Prevent IRGCN Harassment

U.S. Navy Ships Will Accompany American Merchant Ships Through Strait of Hormuz to Prevent IRGCN Harassment

120820-N-YF306-284 GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 20, 2012) The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) approaches the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier M/V Belde in response to a medical-related distress call issued by the vessel. Winston S. Churchill is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 150, conducting counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase/Released)

Guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) approaches M/V Belde in the Gulf of Aden in 2012. US Navy Photo

Following the Tuesday seizure of the M/V Maersk Tigris, U.S. Navy warships will now accompany American flagged merchant ships through the Strait of Hormuz to prevent harassment Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boats, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Thursday. Read More