The Marine Corps' deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations told Congress last week the Marines will continue to need additional funding to replace worn-out and outdated equipment.
It is a misconception to say that Taiwan is inadequately preparing its defenses against a potential Chinese attack, according to testimony from independent analyst Mark Stokes at last week's U.S.-China Economic Security and Review Commission hearing.
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who had frustrating, firsthand experience with the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet as a naval reserve intelligence officer, is assailing NMCI as customer unfriendly and a waste of money.
The commanders of U.S. Special Operations Command's forces around the world expressed enthusiasm for the new Marine Corps component of SOCOM during a panel discussion March 14.
* Retired Army Lt. Gen. James Vaught, a member of the audience, challenged active-duty generals about why Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi remain on the lam. Vaught led the failed "Desert One" mission in 1980 that sought to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran. "Who is responsible for collecting bin Laden and Zarqawi?" Vaught asked SOCOM chief Army Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown. Vaught added, "Is it because we don't want to collect them for political reasons or is it because we don't have a force competent to do the job?" Brown replied, "It's everybody in this room's responsibility and everybody in the Department of Defense and all of our allies and anybody who's involved in global war on terror to collect those guys." But Brown's response did not satisfy Vaught who asked Army Brig. Gen. Francis Kearney, commander of SOCOM's Central Command, the same question: "Gen. Brown weaseled out of this [and] since you're in the area, tell me, who by name is going to go out and collect bin Laden?" Kearney said, "Although Gen. Brown's answer said it was everybody, we in Central Command do have task forces who focus their energies on trying to hunt down bin Laden. But ultimately, it comes to us in CENTCOM, it's our AOR." He added, "I think we have to focus our effort on exactly where we think [the enemies] are. I think we would have bin Laden if we knew exactly where he was. So, that is the main effort of our interagency and it falls squarely on us."
Northrop Grumman last week lowered the upper bow section into place on the George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), the final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The addition of the upper bow completes the flight deck and extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which is as long as the Empire State Building is tall (1,454 feet). The carrier is under construction at Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector.
The Littoral Combat Ship mission module program needs new technological developments for greater efficiency in its unmanned capabilities, according to Capt. Walt Wright, the Navy's program manager for LCS mission modules.
As the Navy continues to face SEAL retention challenges, SEAL recruitment is a "No. 1 priority" for the sea service, according to Naval Special Warfare Command chief Rear Adm. Joseph Maguire.
CAMP LEJEUNE, NC -- Testing of the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle is being delayed due to a Marine regiment's late return from Iraq, which means the Pentagon will also delay its upcoming decision on whether to begin producing the vehicle in limited quantities, according to the program manager.
The Pentagon's anticipation of a military threat from China has a "fairly significant . . . growing" influence on the development of U.S. defense budgets, war games, tactics, procedures and weapons systems, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Mullen.
The growth of the Chinese military and the U.S. Navy's current period of transition opens a "window of concern" if conflict should occur between 2008 and 2015, according to East Asia Studies expert Cortez Cooper, an analyst at the Science Applications International Cooperation.
The Pentagon's acquisition executive last week agreed to let the Navy advance its plans for a new generation of prepositioning ships from the drawing board into the technology development phase, a key step in the service's plan to develop future seabasing capabilities.
Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) is continuing to urge the Navy to give a branch of Lockheed Martin in his congressional district a shot at taking away some DD(X) electronics work from Lockheed's rival Raytheon.
The Navy is realigning its staff by merging two major divisions that oversee warfighting requirements while also standing up a new three-star position to handle network-centric warfare, according to internal Navy documents.
Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has directed U.S. combatant commanders to identify in detail capabilities they need to execute the global war on terrorism, a move expected to generate enormous new bills that could tilt investments away from long-term weapon development programs to pay for nearer-term needs.
Senior lawmakers and top Pentagon officials last week engaged in a sometimes-heated debate over the Defense Department's plan to halt work on an alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter program, setting the stage for what could be a year-long battle over the project's fate.
Whether the largest international partner in the Joint Strike Fighter program will agree to a procurement pact for the next-generation fighter hinges upon the fate of the project's alternative engine initiative, the United Kingdom's defense procurement chief told U.S. lawmakers March 14.