The following is a Jan. 19, 2017 memo obtained by USNI News outlining the acting leadership of the Department of Defense and the individual armed services following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Read More
The following is the Jan. 10, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV): Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
President-Elect Donald Trump has called for hard-hitting initiatives to be included in a first-100-day thrust to make America strong again. Hoping to be included in that effort are some common-sense, low-cost changes to our land-based expeditionary electronic warfare (EW) force posture that would immediately improve operational readiness and have a positive economic effect to boot. Read More
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2016.
2016 was a year of transition for the Marine Corps, with a new operational concept and several follow-up warfighting concepts released and with the operational F-35B Joint Strike Fighter fleet preparing for its first overseas operations in 2017. Overseas operations in the Middle East, Pacific and even in the Caribbean kept the force busy, while leaders at home continued to work their way out of an ongoing aviation readiness crisis. Read More
MARINE CORPS AIR-GROUND COMBAT CENTER, Calif. – The new, high-tech gear, equipment, vehicles and weapons systems the Marine Corps wants for the future force require more batteries and fuel than what Marines had a decade ago. Infantry battalions retooled and equipped to conduct distributed operations now require more fuel to power their larger fleet of tactical vehicles and operate combat systems used by their small-level units. Read More
Shortly after the presidential election, USNI News ran a piece looking forward into a U.S. military under a Trump administration.
The report pieced together statements from Trump that may represent his outline for what he often stated was a need to “rebuild the military.” Briefly summarized, Trump’s plan would result in 50 new ships for the U.S. Navy, a 33-percent growth in the size of the Marine Corps, and 50,000 additional soldiers for the Army. Read More
THE PENTAGON — Much is still unknown about how President-elect Donald Trump will approach defense and foreign policy issues upon taking office in January, given the less than clear and at times contradictory campaign rhetoric over the past 17 months. Read More
The following is the 2016 Marine Corps birthday message from Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. Read More
The following is Oct. 29, 2016 footage of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter testing on USS America (LHA-6). Read More