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Gen. John Paxton

Marines Want To Grow Above 186,800 Troops

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Hill action NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: The Marine Corps wants to stop shrinking and start growing. Legislation being considered on Capitol Hill would reverse ongoing cuts to the smallest service’s ranks. What’s more, the No. 2 officer in the entire Corps, Assistant Commandant Gen. John Paxton, made clear this afternoon that he hoped the force… Keep reading →

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LCS, JHSV ‘Marginal’ For Marine Ops: Gen. Paxton

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Even as the Navy pursues cheaper ships such as LCS and JHSV, the Marines’ message is: Amphibious Warships; Accept No Substitutes. There’s real interest and opportunity in non-traditional ways to deploy Marines, assistant commandant Gen. John Paxton said today, but a purpose-built amphibious ship remains the Marine’s top choice to go to war with. The Navy’s two… Keep reading →

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Marines Seek New Tech To Get Ashore Vs. Missiles; Reinventing Amphib Assault

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL HARBOR: Cheap grey-market missiles and commercially available radar kits are forcing the Marines to reinvent amphibious warfare for the 21st century. The new Corps concept, Expeditionary Force 21, predicts long-range threats will force the fleet to stay at least 65 nautical miles offshore, a dozen times the distance that existing Marine amphibious vehicles are… Keep reading →

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F-35 Sails Through Crucial Senate Hearing; Witnesses Testify There’s No Alternative

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


CAPITOL HILL: The Pentagon’s most expensive conventional weapon program emerged largely unscathed from perhaps its most intensive review before the crucial congressional subcommittee that controls military funding. As over budget and behind schedule as the $391 billion, 2,443-plane F-35 program has fallen since initial promises of a low-cost, multi-service Joint Strike Fighter, two high-powered panels… Keep reading →

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