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SecDef & Marines Want To Disperse Across Pacific, But It’s Hard

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Concerns over a new Okinawa airfield, and how to get Marines across vast swaths of ocean, are complicating American plans to spread forces across the Pacific.

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Marine Commandant Memo Adds Billions to DoD’s Growing Weather Cleanup

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WASHINGTON: A pair of memos from Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller paint a grim picture of the Corps’ fiscal health at a time when the White House and Pentagon bask in the glow of their record $750 billion request for fiscal 2020. The missives, sent in recent weeks to the Navy Secretary and Acting Defense… Keep reading →

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Trump Tries to Take Control of Mattis Narrative

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The relationship went through a messy ending. Will the president now try and give Mattis the Rex Tillerson treatment?

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Three Attack Subs ‘Not Certified To Dive’; Navy F-35s at 15 Percent Readiness

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CAPITOL HILL: Navy readiness is “heading in the wrong direction,” the Government Accountability Office told the Senate this morning, with only 15 percent of Navy F-35Cs rated “fully mission capable.” At the same hearing, a four-star admiral acknowledged three nuclear-powered attack submarines were still stuck awaiting overhaul, with the USS Boise expected to be out of action… Keep reading →

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HASC Endorses Mattis Infantry Task Force – With Some Suggestions

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act came from freshman Congressman Jimmy Panetta, son of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and a Navy Reserve veteran of Afghanistan.

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Marines Reorganize Infantry For High-Tech War: Fewer Riflemen, More Drones

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Everything that Marine wears — from their boots to their socks to their utilities to their helmet — is all going to be changed,” the Commandant said. “We’ve got money now to do that, and so we’ve got to make it happen now. We’ve got to make it happen now, because I’m not going to make the assumption that that money’s going to be there.”

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Marine Corps Braces For 2020 Budget Cuts: Gen. Neller

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The Marines are plenty happy about getting more money in 2018 and 2019, but are nervously eyeing the potential return of sequestration in 2020. And it’s influencing how the Corps is spending that money today.

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Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful

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“My eyes are watering with what our young people can do right now,” the Assistant Commandant said. “They’re really smart and they’ve got a lot of really good ideas,” Commandant Neller said. “We would be well served to turn them loose.”

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Batteries, Bullets, & Drones: Commandant’s Wishlist For Infantry Task Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


What’s the one technology the Marine Corps Commandant wants more than any other for his riflemen? It wasn’t an amphibious vehicle, more JLTVs, a new rifle or friggin’ lasers. It is “a smart way to recharge batteries,” Gen. Robert Neller told reporters.

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Upgrade Navy Networks To Get Most From F-35: Commandant Wants Quality

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CAPITOL HILL: If the Commandant of the Marine Corps had one more dollar to spend — and he probably will with the recent budget deal — he’d use it to upgrade Navy ships’ electronics to take full advantage of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, he said this morning. The Marines’ new F-35Bs have the sensors to… Keep reading →

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