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Brookings Institution Expresses Concern Over Trump Views on NATO, Military Spending

Brookings Institution Expresses Concern Over Trump Views on NATO, Military Spending

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and service members with the Mexican Navy take part in a mechanized assault exercise using assault amphibious vehicles to enhance their sea-to-land capabilities aboard San Clemente Island, California, July 30, 2016 during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and service members with the Mexican Navy take part in a mechanized assault exercise using assault amphibious vehicles to enhance their sea-to-land capabilities aboard San Clemente Island, California, July 30, 2016 during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

Speaking the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, one of the nation’s leading security and foreign policy experts said, “I think Vladimir Putin had a great night.” Read More

New Saudi Frigate Design Details Emerge

New Saudi Frigate Design Details Emerge

Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant model. USNI News Photo

Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant model. USNI News Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The frigate Saudi Arabia will use as the backbone of its planned Eastern Fleet expansion will feature an expanded anti-air and anti-surface capability over the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class template, USNI News has learned. Read More

U.S. Navy Seizes Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment Bound for Yemen

U.S. Navy Seizes Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment Bound for Yemen

A cache of weapons is assembled on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). The weapons were seized from a stateless dhow which was intercepted by the Coastal Patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) on March 28. US Navy Photo

A cache of weapons is assembled on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). The weapons were seized from a stateless dhow which was intercepted by the Coastal Patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) on March 28. US Navy Photo

Two U.S. Navy vessels seized a ship laden with illegal weapons in the Persian Gulf that were bound for Houthi fighters in Yemen, the service announced on Monday. Read More

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

Lockheed Martin Could Have More Flexibility to Build Planned Saudi Ships If Proposed LCS Trim Goes Through

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s conception for variants of the Freedom-class LCS design provided to USNI News. Lockheed Martin Image

A potential bright side for Lockheed Martin — if Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s proposed trim of Littoral Combat Ship and frigates goes through – is its Wisconsin shipyard could have more flexibility to build four planned ships for the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, a Lockheed official told reports on Monday. Read More

DoD, Navy: U.S. 5th Fleet Operations Not Affected By Regional Tensions

DoD, Navy: U.S. 5th Fleet Operations Not Affected By Regional Tensions

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on Jan. 2, 2016. The Navy said operations in the Middle East have continued unimpeded despite diplomatic tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Sudan. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on Jan. 2, 2016. The Navy said operations in the Middle East have continued unimpeded despite diplomatic tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Sudan. US Navy photo.

PENTAGON – Tensions in the Middle East stemming from the Jan. 2 execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia have not yet affected operations in U.S. 5th Fleet, Navy and Defense Department spokesmen said today. Read More