Marine Corps Pioneering Unmanned Helo Headed for Storage

  After almost three years in Afghanistan, 2,150 flight hours and more than 1,950 sorties, the Marine Corps’ two K-MAX unmanned helicopters are being put out to pasture in central New York State. The unmanned rotary wing aircraft—which hauled a total of 4.5 million lbs. of cargo across southern Afghanistan since December 2011 for Marines…

DoD OCO Requests $700M for Bombs and Ammo

As the congressional oversight panels continue their review of the Pentagon’s $58.6 billion 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request, much of the focus has been on the high-profile items, such as a $4 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund and $1 billion to boost US military presence in Europe. But the request includes $53 billion…

Hagel to Visit US Submarine, Fighter, Helicopter Bases

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will leave Wednesday on a two-day domestic trip that includes a stop at the much-watched F-35 joint strike fighter schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle. During the visit, Hagel plans to stress the Pentagon’s commitment to the multinational, multiservice program, despite the fleet being grounded following a…

US, UK Combined Chiefs Meet in London

The heads of the US and UK militaries have met for the second time, continuing the recent revival of the “Combined Chiefs of Staff” meetings that were made famous during World War II. This time, the group of generals and admirals met Tuesday in London. The group discussed the “long-term strategic challenges the respective armed forces can expect to face together…

Mabus to Colbert: Arctic Melting Means More Ocean to ‘Navy’ On

  It’s Fleet Week in New York City, so that means warships parked at Hudson River piers on Manhattan’s west side, sailors in their dress whites frolicking through the city streets and the Blue Angels performing at Long Island’s Jones Beach Airshow. And this year it meant Navy Secretary Ray Mabus went on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report for an entertaining interview…

A Visual Look Inside DoD’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Deciphering the Pentagon’s 2015 spending proposal has been difficult, but Defense News has some charts the could serve as a decoder ring. Out friends at VisualDoD helped us compile data from the Defense Department’s spending plan to create these detailed graphics, which tell a story on their own. First, the chart at the top of…

Highlights from Gates book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” is one of he most talked about items in Washington this week. We have a copy of the book and I’ll be posting excerpts throughout the day for your Friday reading pleasure so check back often. I’ll also be posting items on…