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Opinion: It’s Time to Rethink U.S. Carrier CONOPS

Opinion: It’s Time to Rethink U.S. Carrier CONOPS

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on May 20, 2016. US Navy

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on May 20, 2016. US Navy Photo

There has been a lively debate in recent years over whether the appurtenance of American military might—the supercarrier—will be rendered irrelevant, even obsolescent, by the burgeoning anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) systems of the likes of China and Russia should war ever break out between them and Washington. This state of affairs is not helped by a glaring capability shortfall the U.S. Navy faces currently and in the foreseeable future: the lack of a carrier-based deep-strike aircraft due to the relatively short “legs” of its mainstay Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet attack fighter as well as the upcoming Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Read More

Pentagon Still Unsure If It Needs More Growlers; Boeing Says Production Restart Would Be Possible

Pentagon Still Unsure If It Needs More Growlers; Boeing Says Production Restart Would Be Possible

An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 takes off from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck on November 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

An E/A-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 takes off from USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) flight deck on November 15, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy may know within the next year if it has enough Boeing EA-18G Growlers to meet not only its own airborne electronic attack needs but also to cover all joint operational needs, the Navy’s director of air warfare (OPNAV N98) told lawmakers last week – though by then there may be a cost increase associated with restarting Growler production. Read More

Navy Digging Out Of Fighter Shortfall; Marines Still Struggling To Fly At Home

Navy Digging Out Of Fighter Shortfall; Marines Still Struggling To Fly At Home

F/A-18E-F Super Hornet. Boeing photo.

F/A-18E-F Super Hornet. Boeing photo.

A three-pronged approach is helping the Navy keep its strike fighter inventory shortfall at a “manageable” level –speeding up legacy Hornet life extension work, preparing to conduct the Super Hornet life extension program more efficiently, and buying new Super Hornets – though the Marines’ legacy Hornet fighter inventory is so strained there are hardly any planes available for day-to-day squadron training, Navy and Marine aviation leaders said last week. Read More

Skunk Works Head: Navy Should Consider A Flying Wing Design for MQ-XX Stingray

Skunk Works Head: Navy Should Consider A Flying Wing Design for MQ-XX Stingray

An artist's concept of a proposed unmanned carrier vehicle design. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s concept of a proposed unmanned carrier vehicle design. Lockheed Martin Image

ARLINGTON, Va. — To meet the Navy’s new set of requirements for its unmanned MQ-XX Stingray carrier tanker, the service should consider a design that could expand into a stealthy, high-end strike platform, the head of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works told reporters on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Submits $5B Fiscal Year 2017 Unfunded Priorities List Topped by Super Hornets, F-35s, Destroyer Funds

Navy Submits $5B Fiscal Year 2017 Unfunded Priorities List Topped by Super Hornets, F-35s, Destroyer Funds

A F/A-18E Super Hornet over the Gulf of Oman near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

A F/A-18E Super Hornet over the Gulf of Oman near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). US Navy Photo

The Navy submitted a Fiscal Year 2017 unfunded requirements list to Congress this week that mirrors last year’s priorities but requests about twice as much money for items that couldn’t be squeezed into the official Fiscal Year 2017 President’s Budget request. Read More

Navy Pondering Helicopter Future After MH-60 Seahawk

Navy Pondering Helicopter Future After MH-60 Seahawk

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on Guam in 2015. US Navy Photo

A MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on Guam in 2015. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Pentagon’s Joint Multirole (JMR) investigation into a new generation of helicopters is highlighting the differences between what the Army and Navy need in terms of vertical lift aircraft, Navy and industry said last week. Read More