Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, speaks at a commander’s call at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. US Air Force Photo

Despite better cooperation between the Pakistani and Afghan military in taking on the Taliban and its allies, Islamabad needs to press the Taliban harder to come to the negotiating table, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. Read More

Pacific Pair of Mine Countermeasures Exercises Focus on International Cooperation

Pacific Pair of Mine Countermeasures Exercises Focus on International Cooperation

Divers jump out of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the “Vanguard” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, during a pouncer operation in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. U.S. Navy photo

A pair of Pacific mine countermeasures exercises are increasing the U.S. Navy’s ability to incorporate new laser technology and international naval units into mine hunting avoidance activities.

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How USS San Diego Sank is Still an Open Question 100 Years Later

How USS San Diego Sank is Still an Open Question 100 Years Later

World War I era cruiser USS San Diego (ACR-6)

Mine or torpedo? For a hundred years, the cause of the explosion that sank USS San Diego (ACR-6) has been a mystery. But now researchers are on an expedition to determine what exactly caused a Navy armored cruiser to sink 100 years ago within eyesight of New York City as the U.S. was entering World War I.

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UPDATED: Lockheed Martin Awarded Design Contract for Saudi Frigates

UPDATED: Lockheed Martin Awarded Design Contract for Saudi Frigates

Artist’s concept of a Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant. US Navy

This post has been updated to include additional information on the contract award.

Lockheed Martin Corp. has received a $450 million award for complex design work and some long-lead materials for the construction of four new frigates for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, part of the kingdom’s multi-billion dollar shipbuilding plan. Read More

Rep. Courtney: U.S. Needs Comprehensive National Maritime Strategy Soon

Rep. Courtney: U.S. Needs Comprehensive National Maritime Strategy Soon

A sailor explains the layout and functionality of Ford’s flight deck to Rep. Joe Courtney in 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States has not had a maritime strategy that would allow Congress to “look at maritime issues in a logical way” since the Roosevelt administration, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said on Wednesday. Read More

Rep. McCaul: Russian President Putin is an ‘Enemy of the United States’

Rep. McCaul: Russian President Putin is an ‘Enemy of the United States’

An undated photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin Russian Presidential Press and Information Office Photo

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his attempt to take back Ukraine, cow and subvert the Baltic NATO members and — for the first time since the late 1970s — re-assert the Kremlin’s military presence in the Mediterranean. Read More