Video: Griffin missile launches from patrol ship, blasts target, goes operational

The US Navy’s Mark 60 Griffin missile system was declared operational March 25 after successful live-fire tests from patrol coastal (PC) ships assigned to the Fifth Fleet. The weapon gives the small PCs a punch they’ve sorely lacked. This newly-released Navy video shows Griffin launches from tests on March 20 and 21, along with the…

SOCOM Puts Laser Spotlight on AC-130 Gunships

There has been a lot written about expensive US Defense Department efforts to use aircraft-mounted laser beams to shoot down ICBMs or destroy vehicles on the ground. But US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is using non-lethal, and certainly much cheaper, commercial technology to combat fratricide in Afghanistan. Afghan troops were firing weapons at Americans. SOCOM…

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…

Obama and the NSA: Count the Code Words

The assessments of just what President Barack Obama is doing or might do to controversial surveillance programs run by the Pentagon’s NSA since his big Friday speech have been, one might say generously, uneven. Is Obama ending the bulk collection of telephone traffic metadata, or making minor changes? Is he signaling a landmark change in…

White House Response to DoD’s Heads Up on Tanker Winner: ‘We Don’t Want to Know’

It was the ultimate Washington cliche: A Pentagon competition for a multibillion-dollar contract that pitted an American company against a foreign one — and states versus other states for precious skilled jobs. Oh, and the American firm’s headquarters just happened — due to the Air Force’s inability the previous decade to complete a competition —…

VIDEO: Beechcraft AT-6 Attack Plane Begins World Tour

DUBAI — Beechcraft has launched a three-month demonstration tour of its AT-6 light-attack plane at the Dubai Airshow this week. Company officials are optimistic that they will soon have a launch customer for the plane, which they have been developing for several years. In the meantime, they’ll be showing it off in the Middle East,…

Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) christened – timelapse video of construction

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Susan Ford Bales christened the new aircraft carrier after her father, the 38th president of the United States. Hours later, shipbuilders Huntington Ingalls Industries released a timelapse video of the ship’s construction, beginning with its keel laying ceremony in 2009. Stick with it past the opening tribute to the man who…