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New Marine Corps Operating Concept Emphasizes Maneuver Warfare

New Marine Corps Operating Concept Emphasizes Maneuver Warfare

Marines with Kilo company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, clear buildings of hostile enemies during the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment (MIX-16) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 1, 2016. The experiment is conducted to test new gear and assess its capabilities for potential future use. US Marine Corps photo.

Marines with Kilo company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, clear buildings of hostile enemies during the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment (MIX-16) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 1, 2016. The experiment is conducted to test new gear and assess its capabilities for potential future use. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marine Corps today released a new operating concept that updates its 2014 Expeditionary Force 21 to include a renewed emphasis on maneuver warfare, while retaining an emphasis on operations in an urban littoral environment against a technologically sophisticated enemy. Read More

House Panel Set to Reform Military Space Operations

House Panel Set to Reform Military Space Operations

 United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane on May 20, 2015. ULA Photo

United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane on May 20, 2015. ULA Photo

The House panel focused on national security space activities is set to explore reforms how the military uses space and could call for the creation of a new command or agency as early as next year, legislators said during a Tuesday hearing. Read More

Panel: NATO Needs More Capability to Effectively Deter Russia

Panel: NATO Needs More Capability to Effectively Deter Russia

Estonian soldiers wade ashore during a combined U.S. and Estonia amphibious assault training exercise during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2010. US Navy Photo

Estonian soldiers wade ashore during a combined U.S. and Estonia amphibious assault training exercise during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2010. US Navy Photo

NATO’s challenge in deterring Russian aggression goes well beyond standing up four multinational battalions in the Baltic nations and Poland; it needs to have the capability to move reinforcements across a contested North Atlantic and Europe, three experts said in assessing the alliance’s recent Warsaw summit. Read More

Geographer: China’s Claim to South China Sea Not Rooted in History

Geographer: China’s Claim to South China Sea Not Rooted in History

A map of China's shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A map of China’s shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A British geographer and journalist described China’s claims to large swaths of seas and land formations off its coast are based on 20th-century events — from the Boxer Rebellion to the defeat of Japan in World War II — and not deeply rooted in its history. Read More

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

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Shenyeng J-15 Flying Shark on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. PLAN Photo

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. PLAN Photo

China has stepped up development of Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) operations for its carriers, with the appearance of a Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighter with CATOBAR apparatus and continued construction of supporting land-based infrastructure. Read More

Next-Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Sidelined for Repairs After Engineering Casualty

Next-Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Sidelined for Repairs After Engineering Casualty

Guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the second Zumwalt class guided missile destroyer. The correct spelling is Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001). 

Less than a month ahead of its commissioning, the Navy’s next-generation destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) suffered an engineering casualty that could take up to two weeks to repair, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

New NAVSEA Commander's Intent: Complete Ship Maintenance On Time

New NAVSEA Commander’s Intent: Complete Ship Maintenance On Time

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Kasey Ringwalda, a native of Dayton, Ore., uses a grinder to remove paint from deck station 11 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently undergoing an extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy Photo

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Kasey Ringwalda, a native of Dayton, Ore., uses a grinder to remove paint from deck station 11 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently undergoing an extended planned incremental maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy Photo

HAMPTON, VA. — New commander of Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. Tom Moore said shipyards are nearing an opportunity to “reset” after struggling in recent years to get aircraft carriers and submarines out of availabilities on time, and he hopes the yards can take measures now to keep the next wave of availabilities on track. Read More

Analysis: Russian Military Activities from South China Sea to Sevastopol

Analysis: Russian Military Activities from South China Sea to Sevastopol

Russian troops participating in the Kavkaz-2016 exercise.

Russian troops participating in the Kavkaz-2016 exercise

Russia is simultaneously conducting operations along the eastern Ukraine border, participating in large bilateral naval exercises with China in the South China Sea and conducting large-scale amphibious exercises in the Black Sea around the Crimean peninsula. The Russian Navy has subs operating in the Baltic Sea off Latvia, continues to professionalize its force, and is attempting to sustain a large upgrade in force capabilities matched with no-notice military inspections in most military districts. At the same time, it continues operations in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean, demonstrating resolve and constancy there. Read More