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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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Pentagon, Navy, In Dark About Trump’s USS Truman Decision

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The Defense Secretary was given a last-minute heads-up about the White House’s demand to keep the USS Harry S. Truman afloat, and the Navy scrambled Wednesday morning to change its message to Congress.

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232 Unmanned Ships May Be Key To Countering China, Russia

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WASHINGTON: The Navy is scrambling to write its new acquisition and operational playbook on the fly, a decision based as much on what US rivals are doing as it is on what the service hasn’t done in recent decades. The construction and innovation booms being undertaken by the Chinese — and to a lesser extent… Keep reading →

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F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Air Force bet the farm on F-35, the Navy put its airpower eggs in multiple baskets, from legacy fighters to new drones.

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Lasers: Beyond The Power Problem

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Miitary lasers are getting more and more powerful, fast. But raw power isn’t all you need for a workable weapon.

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Why DoD Cut A Carrier in 2020 Budget: Survivable Robots & Missiles Vs. China

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An inside source explains the logic behind the 2020 budget’s most controversial call.

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

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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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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

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The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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No More ‘Playing Defense’ For US Navy; Offensive Weapons Are The Play

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“We’ve spent a lot of time over the past years playing defense,” Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, director of surface warfare, said at the West 2019 conference here. “The best defense is a good offense, and the idea that we will go after the threat — at range — is something that we have to be able to do.”

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All Services Sign On To Data Sharing – But Not To Multi-Domain

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“We need to have any sensor connect to any shooter at very rapid machine-to-machine speed,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, “if we’re going to multi-domain operations.” But aye, there’s the rub: Are we?

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