Entries by John Sarao

Navy’s “Klingon Bird of Prey” Passes Key Tests: LCS Trimaram

by SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.on June 15, 2016 at 4:24 PM The strangest-looking ship in the Navy is conducting two crucial tests. A broad, triple-hulled “trimaran” design likened to a villain’s vessel from Star Trek, theIndependence-class Littoral Combat Ship completed its Initial Operational Test & Evaluation on June 3rd. What’s more, the Navy Sea Systems Command […]

Analysis: It’s Time for a Reexamination of Nuclear Weapons Requirements

http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2215 The $350 billion price tag for modernizing the United States’ nuclear arsenal has been a topic of endless debate in Washington. The funds would be spent over the coming decade to bring the nation’s nuclear triad up to date — the bombers, the submarines, the ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and the warheads. Little to […]

Changing times in Vietnam: 5 things troops need to know David Larter, Navy Times 9:29 a.m. EDT May 29, 2016

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/05/28/vietnam-pacom-port-visits-obama-harris/84848028/ President Obama’s announcement Monday that the U.S. could start selling weapons to its former enemy Vietnam means changes ahead for troops. The president made the announcement at a Hanoi press conference, which ended a half-century ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam, putting to rest one of the last foreign policy vestiges of one of […]

‘Cannibalization is Routine’ to Support Navy Deployments

http://www.seapowermagazine.org/stories/20160526-cannibalize.html By OTTO KREISHER, Special Correspondent WASHINGTON — Navy captains from the aviation, surface, submarine and construction communities told Congress May 26 that budget and personnel reductions have restricted their ability to surge forces to meet a crisis and often require them to “cannibalize people as well as parts” to support forward-deployed units. Capts. Gregory […]

McCain amendment adds $17 billion to defense, increases pay

McCain amendment adds $17 billion to defense, increases pay By Scott Maucione | @smaucioneWFED http://federalnewsradio.com/defense/2016/05/mccain-amendment-adds-18-billion-defense-increases-pay/ May 26, 2016 1:30 pm 3 Shares Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to add $17 billion to the defense budget and force senators to take sides over defense on the Senate floor next week. McCain’s amendment to […]

Adm. Michelle Howard picked to lead U.S. Navy forces in Europe

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/05/19/howard-picked-lead-us-navy-forces-europe/84624958/ President Obama has nominated the Navy’s highest-ranking woman to lead U.S. Navy forces in Europe. Adm. Michelle Howard is tapped to head U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Allied Joint Forces Command, in Naples, Italy, according to a Thursday Defense Department announcement. NAVY TIMES Navy’s first female admiral lined up for another 4-star post Howard, […]