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2 Marine UAV Operators Earn First Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with New 'Remote Impact' Device

2 Marine UAV Operators Earn First Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with New ‘Remote Impact’ Device

Sgt. Ethan Mintus, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) operator with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3), shakes hands with Lt. Col. Kenneth Phelps, the commanding officer of VMU-3, after receiving an award during a ceremony at Hangar 103, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 11, 2017. Mintus was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the newly authorized Remote Impact (“R”) Device alongside Sgt. Joseph Latsch, a fellow UAS operator with VMU-3, for their performance during combat operations. US Marine Corps photo.

Two Marine Corps unmanned aerial system (UAS) operators last week became the first in the service to earn the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the new Remote Impact (“R”) Device. Read More

Vice Chiefs: Full-Year CR Would Hinder Ability To Counter Enemies' Tech Advances

Vice Chiefs: Full-Year CR Would Hinder Ability To Counter Enemies’ Tech Advances

Undated U.S. Central Command Photo of an alleged ISIS quadcopter captured by Iraqi Forces via DefenseOne

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Budget uncertainty is challenging the services as they try to modernize, both to keep up with enemy threats that are advancing around the globe and to replacing aging equipment near the end of its service life, the services’ second-in-commands said today. Read More

Top Stories 2016: U.S. Marine Corps Acquisition

Top Stories 2016: U.S. Marine Corps Acquisition

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Cartwright, an infantry Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, launches the Instant Eye MK-2 Gen 3 unmanned aerial system during an exercise for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 9, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Cartwright, an infantry Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, launches the Instant Eye MK-2 Gen 3 unmanned aerial system during an exercise for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 9, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2016.

With the Navy releasing a “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” and the Marines releasing a Marine Corps Operational Concept in 2016 that both call for high-end technologies to succeed in a contested maritime environment, Marine Corps acquisition this year was focused on increasing lethality, situational awareness and maneuverability for the force. Read More

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of Marine Corps aviation has big plans for the service’s planned large unmanned aerial vehicle set to enter the service in the next decade. Read More

Marines Pursuing Large Ship-Based UAV For Comms, ISR, Fires

Marines Pursuing Large Ship-Based UAV For Comms, ISR, Fires

An MQ-9 Reaper with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a sortie at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. US Air Force photo.

An MQ-9 Reaper with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a sortie at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. US Air Force photo.

The Marine Corps is in the early phases of developing a large Group 5 unmanned aerial system (UAS) that would operate from a ship and provide long-range, long-endurance capabilities for not only the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) but also potentially the Navy’s fleet and Army ground forces. Read More

Marine Corps to Prioritize Smaller Frontline Units in Upcoming Budget Plans

Marine Corps to Prioritize Smaller Frontline Units in Upcoming Budget Plans

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, left, speaks with Lance Cpl. Cesar H. Salinas, unmanned aerial system operator, at Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 28, 2016. Neller visited Twentynine Palms to observe Marines participating in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment (MIX-16). US Marine Corps photo.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, left, speaks with Lance Cpl. Cesar H. Salinas, unmanned aerial system operator, at Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 28, 2016. Neller visited Twentynine Palms to observe Marines participating in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment (MIX-16). US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to correct the name of the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon launcher Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader refers to.

Marine Corps budgets in the coming years may be more focused on the company, platoon and squad levels, with the service trying to empower lower echelons that will operate with more independence in dispersed operations. Read More

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps should advance the way they use unmanned systems, favoring greater autonomy over remotely-controlled missions and developing multi-vehicle systems such as swarms and cascaded operations, according to a recently released report by the Defense Science Board. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: Marines Test UAVs for Artillery Calls for Fire, Close Air Support

RIMPAC 2016: Marines Test UAVs for Artillery Calls for Fire, Close Air Support

An RQ-7B Shadow of VMU-3. USNI News photo.

An RQ-7B Shadow of VMU-3. USNI News photo.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, ISLAND OF HAWAII – The RQ-7B Shadows of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3 are flying in the Hawaiian skies during the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time, bringing a new forward observer and artillery-calling capability to the amphibious force despite being build to support ground troops. Read More

Navy: Future Undersea Warfare Will Have Longer Reach, Operate With Network of Unmanned Vehicles

Navy: Future Undersea Warfare Will Have Longer Reach, Operate With Network of Unmanned Vehicles

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769) transits through the Persian Gulf. on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769) transits through the Persian Gulf. on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The future attack submarine fleet will have a longer reach, deliver a range of kinetic and nonkinetic effects and be better able to share information without compromising stealth, the Navy’s Undersea Warfare Director (OPNAV N97) told USNI News this week. Read More