USCG Comandant Zukunft: 2016 Funding, 2017 Budget Request Will Help Accelerate Heavy Icebreaker Program

USCG Comandant Zukunft: 2016 Funding, 2017 Budget Request Will Help Accelerate Heavy Icebreaker Program

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. The mission to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, is one of the most difficult U.S. military peacetime missions due to the harsh environment. US Coast Guard photo.

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. The mission to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, is one of the most difficult U.S. military peacetime missions due to the harsh environment. US Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard’s 2017 acquisition budget request is the largest in history and would help the service revitalize its fleet – and in particular, its heavy icebreaker fleet, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said during the annual State of the Coast Guard address today. Read More

Harris: PACOM Needs More Subs, Long-Range Missiles To Counter Chinese Threats

Harris: PACOM Needs More Subs, Long-Range Missiles To Counter Chinese Threats

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — China’s recent actions to militarize the South China Sea have changed the operational landscape, and the U.S. Pacific Command needs more attack submarines and long-range surface missiles to keep up with the evolving threat, PACOM commander Adm. Harry Harris told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Read More

New Possible Chinese Radar Installation on South China Sea Artificial Island Could Put U.S., Allied Stealth Aircraft at Risk

New Possible Chinese Radar Installation on South China Sea Artificial Island Could Put U.S., Allied Stealth Aircraft at Risk

A Jan. 24, 2016 image of Cuarteron Reef in the South China Sea with what is likely a high frequency radar array. CSIS Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative, DigitalGlobe Image used with permission.

A Jan. 24, 2016 image of Cuarteron Reef in the South China Sea with what is likely a high frequency radar array. CSIS Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative, DigitalGlobe Image used with permission.

This post has been updated to include additional comments from the Department of Defense.

A possible new Chinese radar installation in the South China Sea could put American and allied stealth aircraft at risk as part of a wider detection network similar to U.S. efforts to find Russian bombers in the Cold War. Read More

Japan's Maritime Chief Takei: U.S. Industry, Military Key to Address Western Pacific Security Threats

Japan’s Maritime Chief Takei: U.S. Industry, Military Key to Address Western Pacific Security Threats

Adm. Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, on Feb. 18, 2016. US Naval Institute Photo

Adm. Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, on Feb. 18, 2016. US Naval Institute Photo

SAN DIEGO — The head of Japan’s naval force said the U.S. defense industry and military services can take bigger roles in helping his forces communicate and operate more jointly in Asia-Pacific and safeguard his nation’s security and regional interests. Read More

WEST: NAVAIR’s Unmanned Aerial Tanker Acquisition Will Be Leaner Than Previous UCLASS Effort

WEST: NAVAIR’s Unmanned Aerial Tanker Acquisition Will Be Leaner Than Previous UCLASS Effort

X-47B conducts its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on April, 10 2014. US Navy Photo

X-47B conducts its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. on April, 10 2014. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO — The head of Naval Air Systems Command said the effort to build the Navy’s first unmanned aerial vehicle to operate with the carrier air wing would be a leaner process than what was planned for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program. Read More