Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Jan. 2, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo
This post has been modified to reflect that only USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) will be modified to support MV-22 operations, not the Navy’s two Expeditionary Transfer Dock ships.
THE PENTAGON – Marine Corps operations are set for some big changes in 2017 with the deployment of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter overseas, a move towards distributed operations as called for in the Marine Corps Operating Concept, and the potential addition of more ships to move Marines around high-threat areas, the deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations told USNI News. Read More
U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa deputy director of communication Master Sgt. Chad E. McMeen uses a commercial-grade Quadcopter to capture aerial video footage of the USNS William R. Button on the pier in Rota, Spain, during the preparation phase of Trident Juncture 2015.US Army photo.
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps recently launched three major innovation efforts that are already informing the service’s unmanned systems’ priorities, the deputy commandant for combat development and integration said today. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson addresses the crew of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo
THE PENTAGON – Adm. John Richardson has served as chief of naval operations shy of one year, and spent much of his tenure thinking about the fleet of the future. Read More
The Navy and Marine Corps are calling on those running wargames, from the smallest unit exercises to the largest international ones, such as Rim of the Pacific 2014, above, to do a better job recording and sharing their lessons learned. US Navy photo.
Well before Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued a recent memo on wargaming, the Navy and Marine Corps did plenty of it. Experiments take place at all levels, from squads to Marine Expeditionary Units to Carrier Strike Groups – and in field experiments all the way up to international exercises.
But a line in Mabus’ wargaming memo may change the way the Navy and Marine Corps learn from these experiments: the memo directs the services to “establish a mechanism to share actionable insights from wargames across the department, with a particular focus on cross-event and longitudinal analysis.” Read More
“Do you need those cruisers or don’t you? Do you need that carrier or don’t you?” was one way the chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee described Congress’ role in fostering innovation in the armed forces. Read More