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Neller: Marine Corps Needs Budget Stability for Efficient Multiyear Deals, Recruiting

Neller: Marine Corps Needs Budget Stability for Efficient Multiyear Deals, Recruiting

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks to Marines with School of Infantry West, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 26, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ongoing continuing resolutions and budget uncertainty are hampering the Marine Corps’ ability to buy new equipment efficiently and bring in new recruits to increase the size of the force, the commandant said today. Read More

Expert: Banned Fuel Trade With North Korea Increases Need to Monitor Maritime Traffic

Expert: Banned Fuel Trade With North Korea Increases Need to Monitor Maritime Traffic

A recent attempt by Korea Kumbyol Trading Company’s vessel RYE SONG GANG 1 to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, in an effort to evade sanctions on Oct. 19, 2017. Dept. of Treasury Photo

With tougher United Nations sanctions now restricting the flow of oil to North Korea, the regime is taking more extreme measures to evade international scrutiny, making monitoring regional maritime traffic an even more pressing mission for U.S. intelligence and naval forces, an expert on illicit trade told USNI News on Tuesday.

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Missile Defense Agency Looking to Intercept Ballistic Targets Earlier During Boost Phase

Missile Defense Agency Looking to Intercept Ballistic Targets Earlier During Boost Phase

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Taking out incoming missiles during the boost phase – the period just after launch – is something the military’s missile defense leadership is confident will occur in the not too distant future.

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Coast Guard: Russia and U.S. Working Well Together in the Bering Sea, Arctic

Coast Guard: Russia and U.S. Working Well Together in the Bering Sea, Arctic

Unlike other parts of the world, the U.S. and Russia work well together in the Bering Sea and the Arctic. The pair is enforcing fishing regulations and other laws, conducting search and rescue operations. Moscow and Washington are sending the International Maritime Organization a joint recommendation for safe shipping routes through northern waters, the head of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska said on Wednesday. Read More

Experts: Syrian War Prompting Russians to Expand Unmanned Systems

Experts: Syrian War Prompting Russians to Expand Unmanned Systems

Mikoyan Skat. Image via wikipedia


Russia’s experience in Syrian with unmanned systems has proved invaluable to the Kremlin in learning their value as force multipliers. The experience has led Moscow to prioritize expanding their offensive and defensive unmanned capabilities in future conflicts, a leading security analyst said last week. Read More

Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

Former Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson

Underscoring the importance of President Donald Trump’s upcoming Pacific visit, “the countries of East Asia want the United States actively engaged” as Beijing increasingly flexes its economic and military power in the Pacific, Australia’s former defense secretary and ambassador to the United States said on Monday. Read More