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F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

The F-35 program office is confident that the aircraft’s Block 2B software will be ready in time for the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date, but a more pressing concern is modifying the existing Joint Strike Fighter fleet to combat-capable standards. Read More

GAO: Software Delays Could Translate into Less Effective Marine JSF

GAO: Software Delays Could Translate into Less Effective Marine JSF

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. in 2013. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. in 2013. US Navy Photo

Delays in software developing and testing could limit the capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when the plane becomes operational in 2015, according to a report released today from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Read More

Coast Guard Chief Papp: Service 'Shouldn't Bear Full Brunt' of New Icebreaker Cost

Coast Guard Chief Papp: Service ‘Shouldn’t Bear Full Brunt’ of New Icebreaker Cost

Coast Guard Icebreakers Polar Star (WAGB-10) and Polar Sea (WAGB-11) moored in an undated photo.

Coast Guard Icebreakers Polar Star (WAGB-10) and Polar Sea (WAGB-11) moored in an undated photo.

The Coast Guard will likely need help from other government agencies to fund its proposed new $1 billion heavy icebreaker the service says it needs to operate in the Arctic and Antarctic, outgoing USCG commandant Adm. Robert Papp told reporters Wednesday following his final State of the Coast Guard address in Washington, D.C. Read More

Document: Pentagon's Electromagnetic Strategy

Document: Pentagon’s Electromagnetic Strategy

140206-N-UD469-009The following is the recently released Pentagon Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy.
Electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) access is a prerequisite for modern military operations. DoD’s growing requirements to gather, analyze, and share information rapidly; to control an increasing number of automated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets; to command geographically dispersed and mobile forces to gain access into denied areas; and to “train as we fight” requires that DoD maintain sufficient spectrum access. Read More

Navy Investigating Nuclear School Staff Cheating Ring

Navy Investigating Nuclear School Staff Cheating Ring

Naval Nuclear Power Training Command at Goose Creek, S.C.

Naval Nuclear Power Training Command at Goose Creek, S.C.

Senior enlisted instructors at the Navy’s nuclear reactor schoolhouse have been implicated in a “staff-to-staff” cheating ring that allegedly offered portions of written qualification test for instructors, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and head of Naval Reactors Adm. John Richardson told reporters at a Tuesday news conference.

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Document: Pentagon's 2013 Director, Operational Test & Evaluation Report

Document: Pentagon’s 2013 Director, Operational Test & Evaluation Report

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The Defense Department has released its annual Department of Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) on Jan. 29. The report catalogues major U.S. weapons systems and presents an assessment of the all the service’s acquisitions that can tend to be highly critical.
The service’s often contest the findings of DOT&E as dated criticisms or a reiteration of known ongoing problems with weapon’s programs. Read More

The Need for Unmanned Aircraft in Modern Warfare

The Need for Unmanned Aircraft in Modern Warfare

Reaper patrols Iraq sky

MQ-9 Reaper. US Air Force Photo

As potent weapons as they have been in the years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, unmanned aircraft — or drones as they are colloquially known — will have to evolve as the U.S. moves to counter rising challenges in the Western Pacific. Read More