Lt. Gen. Eric Smith(left), Vice Admiral Daryl Caudle (center), Vice Admiral James Kilby (right)
This post has been updated to include the nomination of Lt. Gen. Eric Smith to serve as the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for combat development and integration has been tapped to serve as the second-highest-ranking officer in the service, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Meanwhile, the current head of the Navy’s Atlantic submarine force and the current head of the service’s requirements office have been nominated to lead U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Read More
USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) fires an SM-3 missile during exercise Formidable Shield 2019. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include clarification and additional information from U.S. Fleet Forces Command about the redesignation to Atlantic Fleet, and to include the memo authorizing the redesignation.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command is moving forward with its redesignation to U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite announced last month. But while in some ways it’s just a name change, it has raised questions about how homeland defense is carried out, Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Chris Grady said today. Read More
United States Air Force Academy cadets listen and ask questions with Gen. John Hyten at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., Sept. 8, 2020. US Air Force Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is set to step down from the number-two leadership role in the Pentagon next year without seeking a renomination for the postion, USNI News has learned. Read More
Chinese carrier Shandong. PLA Photo
China’s pursuit of more aircraft carriers validates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to building more American aircraft carriers in the future, the U.S. admiral in charge of providing forces to the fleet said on Thursday. Read More
Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander of US Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, presents the Legion of Merit to Colonel Raymond O’Mara, August 12, 2016. US Air Force photo.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Glen VanHerck was nominated to serve as the next commander of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Read More
Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Jan. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo
ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. fleet commanders are nearing the conclusion of two reviews into the efficacy of the Navy’s model for training, sustaining and deploying ships as the East Coast carrier force has struggled to meet demand. Read More
Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivers his remarks during a change of command ceremony for the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., in 2019. US Navy Photo
The Navy needs a bigger fleet – and while ongoing budget talks don’t sound promising for the buildup of manned warships that some had envisioned, the surface force is working hard to quickly bring unmanned vessels into the force to expand its reach and capability. Read More
USS Farragut (DDG-99) transits the Arctic Ocean beside Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 25, 2019. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s fleet created to beef up its Atlantic presence against Russia is now fully operational, according to a Tuesday statement from the service. Read More
USS George Washington (CVN-73) leaving dry dock on Sept. 27, 2019. HII Photo
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy’s current carrier strike group readiness generation model may no longer work in today’s era of great power competition and struggling ship maintenance yards, the vice chief of naval operations said. Read More
A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 is parked on the flight line of Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland in 2016. US Navy Photo
Parts of the Atlantic fleet will reduce their flying hours for the remainder of the fiscal year to address a funding shortfall within the naval aviation flight hour budget, a Navy official told USNI News. Read More