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New USMC Unit Will Provide Faster Punch in Africa and Middle East

New USMC Unit Will Provide Faster Punch in Africa and Middle East

Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 12.2. US Marine Corps Photo

Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 12.2. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines are building on decades of experience in fielding responsive Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs)—embarked on board Navy Amphibious Ready Groups, (ARGs)—to deliver an even faster first punch.

The new Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response (MAGTF-CR), will operate in the Mediterranean to give the United States quicker response times to trouble in Africa and the Middle East. Instead of a ship-deployed force, the unit will be based around a company of infantry Marines, six MV-22 Ospreys, and two KC-130J Hercules fixed-wing aircraft. This is a surprising move for a Marine Corps that wants to return to amphibious roots. Read More

Second Act for San Antonio?

Second Act for San Antonio?

Huntington Ingalls Industries proposed Flight II LPD-17 ship class. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries proposed Flight II LPD-17 ship class. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

Congress included $240 million for a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious warship (LPD-17), as part of the last minute, late March budget deal that funded the Pentagon for Fiscal Year 2013.

However the Navy didn’t ask for the money for what would be LPD-28, leaving open questions for the future of a class that was supposed to stop at 11 ships. Read More

Syria Intervention: Some Pros, Mostly Cons

Syria Intervention: Some Pros, Mostly Cons

Syrian protestors asking for a no-fly zone in 2011. European Pressphoto Agency

Syrian protestors asking for a no-fly zone in 2011. European Pressphoto Agency

With the human toll mounting, the United States getting more involved in training, aid, and arms transfers, and continued calls for intervention, U.S. policymakers are grappling with the administration’s relatively non-interventionist stance on Syria. U.S. concerns about the increasing power of jihadist groups within rebel ranks, the possibility of loose chemical weapons, and the overarching desire to shorten the conflict remain. How has the course of events changed the logic of a no-fly zone, or intervention to secure chemical weapons? Read More

Bombing Methodology ‘Identical’ to Chechen Rebels, Motivation Unclear

Bombing Methodology ‘Identical’ to Chechen Rebels, Motivation Unclear

Remains of a pressure cooker bomb used in Monday's attack on the Boston Marathon. FBI Photo

Remains of a pressure cooker bomb used in Monday’s attack on the Boston Marathon. FBI Photo

Though the motives of Boston bombing suspects—brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev—remain unclear, their “methodologies are identical” to terrorism attacks in Chechnya, a U.S. counterterrorism and North Caucasus expert told USNI News on Friday. Read More

Women to Fill Army Special Forces Aviation and Marine Artillery Jobs

Women to Fill Army Special Forces Aviation and Marine Artillery Jobs

US Army MH-60 from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment taking off from USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) during a training mission in 2011. US Naval Institute Photo

US Army MH-60 from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment taking off from USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) during a training mission in 2011. US Naval Institute Photo

By June, the U.S. Army will open positions to women in its most elite Special Operations helicopter unit as part of a Pentagon push to include more than 6,000 women in previously closed jobs in the Army and U.S. Marine Corps, according to documents obtained by USNI News. Read More

Doolittle Raid at 71

Doolittle Raid at 71

A B-25 taking off from flight deck of USS Hornet (CV-8) which is carrying a load of Army planes for raid on Tokyo as seen from USS Enterprise (CV-6). 18 April, 1942. US Naval Institute Photo

A B-25 taking off from flight deck of USS Hornet (CV-8) which is carrying a load of Army planes for raid on Tokyo as seen from USS Enterprise (CV-6). 18 April, 1942. US Naval Institute Photo

On April, 18 1942 16 B-25 bombers flew from the USS Hornet on a mission to strike at the Japanese home islands following the Dec. 7, 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Read More

USS Freedom Arrives in Singapore

USS Freedom Arrives in Singapore

USS Freedom arrives in Singapore on April, 18 2013. US Navy Photo

USS Freedom arrives in Singapore on April, 18 2013. US Navy Photo

The first Littoral Combat Ship has arrived in Singapore kicking off an eight-month deployment to put the LCS concept through its most comprehensive test since the advent of the program, the U.S. Navy announced Thursday. Read More

Students Predicted Boston Bombing

Students Predicted Boston Bombing

One of the two explosions that killed three during the Boston Marathon on April, 15 2013. Daily Telegraph Photo

One of the two explosions that killed three during the Boston Marathon on April, 15 2013. Daily Telegraph Photo

Five years ago a handful of college students at Tufts University predicted the possibility of Monday’s deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Tufts’ “Introduction to Terrorism” course taught by retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Russell Howard required students to break down into small teams and begin to think like terrorists. The students broke into small groups of four to five students and had to plan a terrorism attack that reflected a specific radical ideology, Howard told USNI News. Read More