GAO Annual Assessment of Weapon Systems
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
2h ago
The following is the June 17, 2024, Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Committees: Weapon Systems Annual Assessment. From the report What GAO Found While the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to invest more than $2 trillion to develop and acquire its costliest weapon programs, it continues to struggle with delivering innovative technologies quickly. Weapon systems are more complex and driven by software than ever before. Recent reforms were intended to lead to faster results, but slow, linear development approaches persist. In July 2023, GAO found that leading commercial ..read more
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Philippine Sailor Severely Injured, Vessels Damaged as Chinese Block South China Sea Mission
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by Aaron-Matthew Lariosa
18h ago
China Coast Guard vessels 21555 and 21551 use water cannons on the Philippine Navy-operated, civilian chartered resupply boat Unaizah May 4 during its resupply mission to Second Thomas Shoal. Screenshot from Philippine Coast Guard video A Philippine sailor suffered severe injuries when Chinese forces blocked an Armed Forces of the Philippines resupply mission in the South China Sea, Pentagon officials confirmed to USNI News. The AFP mission to resupply the BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57) outpost at Second Thomas Shoal also resulted in damage to an unknown number of Philippine vessels. The Philippine ..read more
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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 17, 2024
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
18h ago
USNI New graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of June 17, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Ships Underway Total Battle Force Deployed Underway 296 (USS 235, USNS 61) 113 (USS 71, USNS 32) 82 (56 Deployed, 26 Local) In Japan Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) handle a fueling hose while moored at Yokose Fuel ..read more
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Report to Congress on Hamas and U.S. Policy
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
1d ago
The following is the June 14, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Hamas: Background, Current Status, and U.S. Policy.  From the report Hamas (or the Islamic Resistance Movement) is a Palestinian Sunni Islamist military and sociopolitical movement, and a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Hamas’s primary base of action and support is in the Gaza Strip, which it has controlled since 2007. It also operates in the West Bank and Lebanon, and some Hamas leaders and personnel live and/or work in various Arab countries and Turkey. Hamas reportedly receives material ass ..read more
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Russian Surveillance Ship Operating off Northern Japan
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by Dzirhan Mahadzir
4d ago
Path of a Russian surveillance ship on June 13, 2024. US Navy Photo A Russian intelligence ship transited through a Japanese Strait on Friday according to a Joint Staff Office release. Meanwhile, Japan plans to begin in July a deep-sea search for the wreckage of two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force SH-60K helicopters that collided with each other in April during a training exercise. In other developments, the U.S. military has conducted a number of engagements with big deck ships of partner nations. In a Friday release, the JSO reported that at 7 p.m. Thursday, Russian intelligence ship Priba ..read more
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CENTCOM: Houthis Hit Merchant Ship with Two Anti-Ship Missiles in Gulf of Aden
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by Sam LaGrone
5d ago
Undated photo of MV Verbena via Marine Traffic. Houthi forces hit a bulk cargo ship with two anti-ship cruise missiles in the Gulf of Aden, U.S. Central Command announced on Thursday. “Both missiles struck MV Verbena, a Palauan-flagged, Ukrainian-owned, Polish-operated bulk cargo carrier. MV Verbena most recently docked in Malaysia and was enroute to Italy carrying wood construction material,” reads a statement from CENTCOM. “Verbena reported damage and subsequent fires on board. The crew continues to fight the fire. One civilian mariner was severely injured during the attack. Aircraft from US ..read more
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Battles in the Black Sea Changing the Character of Naval Warfare, Experts Say
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by John Grady
5d ago
An undated photo of a Ukrainian Magura 5. ARLINGTON, Va.– A frenzy of Ukrainian-designed and –built high-speed, bomb-laden Magura V5 unmanned surface drones added an explosive exclamation point to the widespread frustrations in and with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet when they sank Caesar Kunikov, a landing ship most likely carrying needed ammunition to the southern fight earlier this year. As many as 10 Magura V5s participated in the night-time 20-minute sea-fight off the southern tip of the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. During the March attack, two drones carrying at least 400 pounds of expl ..read more
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Marines Update Plan for Major Training Overhaul
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by Gidget Fuentes
6d ago
U.S. Marines with 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, observe the effects of a mine-clearing line charge (MCLC) during Integrated Training Exercise 4-24 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, June 11, 2024. US Marine Corps Photo The Marine Corps on Wednesday released an update about its ambitious plans to modernize how it trains and educates into warfighters who are equipped for the multi-domain fight against peer adversaries. The Training and Education Annual Report, or TEAR, is the annual review of the modernization strat ..read more
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Russian Naval Group Arrives in Cuba, U.S. Increasing Atlantic Naval Presence
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by Sam LaGrone
6d ago
Russian Navy frigate Admiral Gorshkov and attack submarine Kazan Photo by Adalberto Roque via X The four-ship Russian Navy action group arrived in Havana on Wednesday for a five-day port visit, local media reported. Guided-missile submarine Kazan, guided-missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov, salvage tug Nikolai Chiker and fleet oiler Âkademik Pashin pulled in on Wednesday as part of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s planned series of exercises in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean. Gorshkov and Kazan are among the most advanced ships in the Russian Navy and can be armed with a variety of anti ..read more
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White House Memo on HASC FY 2025 Defense Bill
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by U.S. Naval Institute Staff
6d ago
The following is the June 11, 2024 White House Statement of Administration Policy on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2025. From the memorandum The Administration strongly supports enactment of a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for a 64th consecutive year and is grateful for the strong, bipartisan work of the House Committee on Armed Services on behalf of America’s national defense. For the third year in a row, the President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Defense (DoD) was informed by the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS), which calls on DoD t ..read more
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