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Commandant: Marines ‘Not Optimized For Great Power Competition’

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The new commandant says the Corps has to start “unshackling ourselves from previous notions of what war looks like and reimagining how Marines will train, how we will operate, and how we will fight.”

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Talisman Sabre: Land-Based Missiles Vs. China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army’s experimental Multi-Domain Task Force tested new tactics for Pacific conflict, hand-in-glove with the Marines, Air Force, and Australians.

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Marines: FVL Intriguing, BUT CH-53K Is Essential

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Marines are hellbent on fielding the troubled CH-53K helicopter to supply the far-flung island outposts they plan on using against China.

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Navy & Marines Grapple With Moving To Space Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The sea services have their own space specialists, but those personnel don’t only work on space — so who stays and who goes?

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US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ In Wargames: Here’s A $24 Billion Fix

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Warships sink. Bases burn. F-35s die on the runway. Can $24 billion a year — 3.3 % of the Pentagon budget — fix the problem?

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Marines, Navy Wrestle With How To Upgun Amphibs

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The Marines want Vertical Launch System missile tubes on their new amphibious ships — but the Navy isn’t planning to leave room for them.

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Marines Want Missiles To Sink Ships From Shores, And They Want Them Fast

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The Army is looking at this too but probably on a different timeline — the Marine Corps wants to get after this pretty quickly.”

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Defiant Gets Real: Sikorsky & Boeing Unveil SB>1 Super Chopper

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


After years of secrecy and CGI, we’re finally getting to see the Sikorsky-Boeing dream team’s SB>1 Defiant ultra-high-speed helicopter in real life. Now they just have to prove it works.

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Bell V-280 Valor: Anniversary Tour?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“We … are looking at opportunities to do a road trip,” Bell executive Keith Flail told me. “Can we take the V-280 to a handful of key Army and Marine Corps installations to show capabilities to the force?”

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Virtual Training Will Save Real Army Lives: Close Combat Task Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: Of all the technologies and tactics that the defense secretary’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force has looked at, I asked one battle-hardened noncom here this morning, what’s the one thing you personally think has the most potential to save lives? His answer wasn’t a bigger gun or a new drone. Instead, Sgt. Major Jason… Keep reading →

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