Lockheed Martin: 9-Country Missile Defense Demonstration to Inform Future Aegis Upgrades

Lockheed Martin: 9-Country Missile Defense Demonstration to Inform Future Aegis Upgrades

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to reflect additional information regarding the roles of each ship during the live fire exercise.

The Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense At-Sea Demonstration this week will help Aegis Combat System developer Lockheed Martin validate how well coalition forces’ platforms can work together in the real world and discover any improvements that may need to be made to the system. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Pilot Killed In Crash In England

UPDATED: U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Pilot Killed In Crash In England

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 over the skies of Iraq on July 19, 2015. The ‘Red Devils’ of VMFA-232 are currently deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and provide offensive strike and close air support to Operation Inherent Resolve. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 over the skies of Iraq on July 19, 2015. The ‘Red Devils’ of VMFA-232 are currently deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and provide offensive strike and close air support to Operation Inherent Resolve. US Marine Corps Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the U.S Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

A Marine Corps fighter pilot died when an F/A-18C Hornet crashed near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England on Wednesday morning, the service confirmed. Read More

Video: Nine Country Naval Exercise Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic, Cruise Missile Targets off Scotland

Video: Nine Country Naval Exercise Successfully Shoots Down Ballistic, Cruise Missile Targets off Scotland

USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation, to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG 71) takes part in a ship formation, to begin At Sea Demonstration 2015 (ASD 15) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Navy and eight other countries are successfully working through an international detect-to-engage integrated air and missile defense exercise off the coast of Scotland, proving their platforms and people could integrate to provide missile defense in Europe. Read More

Essay:  Strategies That Matter – Why Targets That Matter,  Don’t

Essay: Strategies That Matter – Why Targets That Matter, Don’t

A B-2 Stealth Bomber from Whiteman AFB in Missouri leads an aerial flight formation with F-18 Hornets from the during exercise Valiant Shield 2006. US Navy Photo

A B-2 Stealth Bomber from Whiteman AFB in Missouri leads an aerial flight formation with F-18 Hornets from the during exercise Valiant Shield 2006. US Navy Photo

In 1954, U.S. Representative W. Sterling Cole, chairman of the Joint Atomic Energy Committee, announced what had been suspected: that the U.S. Air Force could deliver an H-bomb anywhere in the world. Hardly a revelation, this boast since has been echoed for more than half a century. Indeed, Air Force talking points regularly repeat a version of this theme: We can hold any target at risk anywhere in the world in any time, any place. This idea is deeply embedded in the Air Force’s transformation efforts, as an aspirational statement became a “requirement” and thereby a justification for airpower capabilities. “Any target, any time, any place” is a centerpiece of service dogma, offered in place of coherent airpower strategy. Unfortunately, that means very little for the nation’s air, space and cyber power entrusted to the Air Force. A capability is not a strategy, and can’t be substituted for one. It’s strategy that matters. Read More

Shinzo Abe First Sitting Japanese Prime Minister to Visit U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Shinzo Abe First Sitting Japanese Prime Minister to Visit U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, listens as Capt. Christopher Bolt, left, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, listens as Capt. Christopher Bolt, left, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Oct. 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

Shinzo Abe became the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit a U.S. aircraft carrier when his helicopter landed onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Sunday. Read More