Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach Reflects on Leading Naval Information Forces

Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, commander Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) on Feb. 15, 2023. US Navy Photo

Naval Information Forces Commander Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach is already preparing for her next role.

Unlike her current role overseeing the Navy’s cyber type command, her next one does not require an alarm clock, time on a ship or sitting at a desk. Instead, Aeschbach plans to take some time off following her retirement from the Navy. She plans to travel with her husband around the country and...

‘Hellscape’ Swarms Could Be as Cost Effective Taiwan Defense, Says Report

Two Global Autonomous Reconnaissance Crafts (GARC), from Unmanned Surface Vessel Squadron 3 (USVRON 3), operate near Naval Amphibious Base Coronado May 15, 2024. US Navy Image

A new report from the Center for New American Security calls for push for a low-cost drones that would provide an autonomous, lethal shield against an amphibious invasion of Taiwan by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.

“Given their extremely low cost, Taiwan should build large numbers of these simple systems and...

Japan Will Deploy Mobile Radar Site in the Philippine Sea, U.S. Marines Test Attack Helicopter in Anti-Surface Role

JTPS-P25 Anti-air Rader,Air Defence Training unit in 2013. Japanese MoD Photo

The Japan Self Defense Force has stationed a mobile radar system on Kita Daito Island in the Philippine Sea to expand Japan’s capabilities in the area. Meanwhile, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit held a live fire exercise on Wednesday and the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet wrapped up joint drills with the joint command of troops and forces in the north-east of the Russian Federation on Friday.

In a Friday press...

Carrier USS Carl Vinson, International Warships Arrive in Hawaii for RIMPAC 2024

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2024 on June 25. US Navy Photo

The United States Navy and 28 partner nations will begin the 29th biennial Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2024 exercise on Thursday around the Hawaiian Islands with 40 surface ships, three submarines, 14 national land forces, over 150 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel taking part in the drills that will end on...

Report to Congress on Virginia-class Submarine Program, AUKUS

The following is the June 12, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, Navy Virginia-Class Submarine Program and AUKUS Submarine (Pillar 1) Project: Background and Issues for Congress/

From the report

Virginia-class submarine program. The Navy has been procuring Virginia (SSN-774) class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) since FY1998, and a total of 40 have been procured through FY2024. From FY2011 through FY2024, they have been procured at a rate of two per year. When procured at that...

Sweden’s NATO Membership Unlocks the Baltic Sea for Alliance, Ends 200 Years of Neutrality

Swedish Marine Lance Corporal Peter Jansell, a chief mechanic with the 1st Marine Regiment, observes the horizon on a Combat Boat 90 during exercise Archipelago Endeavor 23 in Sweden on Sept. 13, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

STOCKHOLM – Two months into its membership in NATO, Sweden is retooling its defense after 200 years of military neutrality.

Not since Napoleon’s 1812 campaign in Russia has Sweden formally allied militarily with another country, Minister of Defense Pål Jonson told reporters...

Senators Quiz Navy Leaders on Proposed Sea-Launched Nuclear Cruise Missile

Virginia-class submarine with the Virginia Payload Module

The questions on how to modify Virginia-class attack submarines to install nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missiles and how much the changeover would cost are not easily answered, the Navy’s director of strategic systems programs told a key Senate panel this week.

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe on Wednesday, “we’ve started to look at that” and “we’ve asked for flexibility.” He added, “it would be premature to give a cost estimate of the...

Report to Congress on AUKUS Pillar 2

The following is the May 21, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, AUKUS Pillar 2 (Advanced Capabilities): Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report

AUKUS Pillar 2 refers to a suite of cooperative activities conducted by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to develop and field “advanced capabilities” under the AUKUS security partnership. To date, Pillar 2 activities have been coordinated among the three governments by a number of means, including topic-specific...

HASC Mark Would Give Sailors Under E-6 Basic Housing Allowance

Navy berthing barge APL 70 under construction at Halter Marine on Aug. 5, 2022. USNI News Photo

Sailors under the E-6 pay grade may be eligible for a basic housing allowance under House authorizers’ draft defense policy bill for Fiscal Year 2025.

Under the House Armed Services Committee chairman’s mark of the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act, released Monday, sailors and service members under E-6 would get a basic housing allowance.

“In authorizing an allowance under this...

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