USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts, and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2014. Read More
PENTAGON — Navy operators said the service’s next small surface combatant (SSC) top priorities should be fighting other surface ships at longer ranges and hunting and killing submarines — not fighting fighters, striking land targets at long range or conducting ballistic missile defense (BMD), service leaders outlined last week when they briefed the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to reporters. Read More
PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. Read More
The following is Dec. 11, 2014 fact sheet on the results of the Navy’s recent Small Surface Combatant study. Read More
Barack Obama nominated former deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to lead the Pentagon, during a Friday nomination ceremony in the White House. Read More
Despite the announcement of his resignation, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will continue to, “keep his foot on the pedal and moving forward,” in his current role, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.
That includes the selection of the way ahead on the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — the Small Surface Combatant (SSC), defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
The following is Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Nov. 24, 2014 message to Department of Defense employees following the announcement of his resignation on Monday. Read More
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be stepping down from his position as the civilian in charge of the Pentagon over concerns of his leadership in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to several Monday morning press reports. Read More
The U.S. Defense Department is projecting a future where the United States will no longer hold an insurmountable advantage over its adversaries. As such, the Pentagon is launching an initiative to spur technological innovation in an attempt to maintain America’s military edge. Read More
The following is a Nov. 15, 2014 memo from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on a new Pentagon effort to preserve the U.S. technological military edge called called the Defense Innovation Initiative.