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Next Chief of Naval Operations Will Lead a Navy Facing Readiness, Personnel, Technology Challenges

Next Chief of Naval Operations Will Lead a Navy Facing Readiness, Personnel, Technology Challenges

Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks with sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson took charge of the Navy in 2015, the service was still largely a support element for the larger U.S. effort in the Middle East. When Richardson leaves this summer, his successor will be at the helm of a service that is being grown and reshaped into a key role for the U.S. military’s drive toward high-end warfare in a new era of great power competition. Read More

New Defense Strategy, Commitment to Readiness Drove Major Shifts in Navy Budget

New Defense Strategy, Commitment to Readiness Drove Major Shifts in Navy Budget

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group participates in a strait exercise in the Atlantic Ocean on April 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request includes tectonic shifts in how the Navy does business – swapping a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier for unmanned surface vehicles and other technologies – and it comes even as the service is reevaluating what sized fleet and what mix of ships the Navy needs to meet future challenges. Read More

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Resigning

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Resigning

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in 2017. DoD Photo

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Jim Mattis, the longest-serving cabinet secretary of the Trump Administration, submitted his resignation on Thursday following the White House announcement the U.S. would withdraw about 2,000 ground troops from Syria and reports of a drawdown in Afghanistan. Read More

Panel: NATO, EU Need Major Changes in Operations, Infrastructure to Deter Russian Aggression

Panel: NATO, EU Need Major Changes in Operations, Infrastructure to Deter Russian Aggression

Norwegian frigate HNoMS Otto Sverdrup part of a ‘screen’ of NATO warships during a drill as part of NATO exercise Trident Juncture on Oct. 25, 2018. Royal Norwegian Navy Photo

NATO and the European Union need to spend significantly to reestablish high-end naval presence and invest in rail cars and maritime containers, ports, bridges, highways, tunnels and airfields if they want to successfully deter potential Russian aggression, a panel of Northern European security experts said on Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon Task Force Looks to Revamp Close-Combat Infantry Training, Lethality

Pentagon Task Force Looks to Revamp Close-Combat Infantry Training, Lethality

Marines in the Infantry Officer Course fire at an enemy trench during a live fire training exercise at Range 410A aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2018. US Marine Corps

A Pentagon-directed group tasked with making close-combat infantry more lethal and effective has its sights on getting troops into more realistic, immersive training as soon as possible. Read More

SECDEF Mattis' New 'Four Thirties' Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

SECDEF Mattis’ New ‘Four Thirties’ Initiative Designed to Reinforce NATO Against Russia

Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 advance to their assault position during a platoon counter-attack during Exercise Hedgehog at Tsooru, Estonia on May 9, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

THE PENTAGON – For the past few years the Pentagon beefed up its ability to respond to Russian military action, and now it appears the rest of NATO is likewise willing to focus on protecting the alliance’s eastern frontier.

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