Panel to HASC: ISIS Militants Will Be Difficult to Totally Defeat

Panel to HASC: ISIS Militants Will Be Difficult to Totally Defeat

Undated photo of ISIS militants

Undated photo of ISIS militants

Grinding the Islamic State “out of its holes will take longer . . . than taking Ramadi” or any city, such as Raqqa in Syria, or Mosul in Iraq, because ISIS fighters believe they “are surviving,” even if driven underground, Robert Ford, former ambassador to Syria, told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Read More

3rd Marine Division Experimenting With Using MSC Ships In Higher Level Operations

3rd Marine Division Experimenting With Using MSC Ships In Higher Level Operations

Marines from 3rd Marine Division surveyed the USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) in order to plan for future operations aboard the ship, maximizing the ship’s potential for Marines to operate at sea as they did in the past. US Marine Corps photo.

Marines from 3rd Marine Division surveyed the USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) in order to plan for future operations aboard the ship, maximizing the ship’s potential for Marines to operate at sea as they did in the past. US Marine Corps photo.

The 3rd Marine Division is exploring ways to not only put Marines infantry on non-traditional ships but to push those vessels into higher-level military operations, the division commanding general told USNI News. Read More

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

A potential bright side for Lockheed Martin — if Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s proposed trim of Littoral Combat Ship and frigates goes through – is its Wisconsin shipyard could have more flexibility to build four planned ships for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, a Lockheed official told reports on Monday. Read More

Lockheed Martin, Navy Have Not Determined if Failure That Sidelined USS Milwaukee is a Class Wide Issue

Lockheed Martin, Navy Have Not Determined if Failure That Sidelined USS Milwaukee is a Class Wide Issue

USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) during high-speed runs during sea trials. Lockheed Martin Photo

USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) during high-speed runs during sea trials. Lockheed Martin Photo

It’s still too early to say if the propulsion problem that sidelined the Navy’s latest Littoral Combat Ship – USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) – is a class-wide issue, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of Littoral Ships & Systems, told reporters on Monday. Read More

General Dynamics Wins SEWIP Block 1B3 Full-Rate Production Contract

General Dynamics Wins SEWIP Block 1B3 Full-Rate Production Contract

AN/SLQ-32 "Slick 32" on a destroyer in 2009. US Navy Photo

AN/SLQ-32 “Slick 32” on a destroyer in 2009. US Navy Photo

General Dynamics Mission Systems was awarded a full-rate production contract for the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B3, which will add display upgrades, a high-gain high-sensitivity electronic capability and more to most of the fleet’s surface ships. Read More

A Decade of San Antonio

A Decade of San Antonio

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, sponsor of LPD-17 the San Antonio, christens the Navy's the in New Orleans in 2003. US Navy Photo

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, sponsor of LPD-17 the San Antonio, christens the Navy’s the in New Orleans in 2003. US Navy Photo

Ten years ago, on Jan. 14, 2006, lead ship USS San Antonio (LPD-17) was commissioned as a Navy warship. But the immediate future looked bleak for the amphibious transport dock program. Read More