Michael Fabey mike_fabey@aviationweek.com

Michael Fabey mike_fabey@aviationweek.com
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China Expanding Its Military Mindset, Pentagon Says 
While China’s priority appears to still be regional rule, the Asian giant is continuing to modernize its force and expand its military influence on a more global scale through exercises, counter-piracy and other operations, a newly released Pentagon report says.
ONR Develops 'Remote Control' For Military Unmanned Systems 
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) has developed something “similar to a master remote control for military ground, air and undersea unmanned systems that will work across the services,” the Navy acknowledged earlier this month.
Pentagon IG Faults Special Ops Contract Oversight 
The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) needs to do a better job overseeing its Global Battlestaff and Program Support (GBPS) contract, a recent Pentagon inspector general (IG) report says.
U.S. Navy Stands Up Joint Manned And Unmanned Squadron 
The U.S. Navy this month officially marked the establishment of the service’s first composite expeditionary helicopter squadron to include both manned and unmanned helo components.
Missile Plans, Naval Might Make North Korea Security Threat, Pentagon Says 
As North Korea continues to develop its ballistic missile strategy and shows its desire and capability to employ more conventional naval might in the Pacific, the country “remains one of the United States’ most critical security challenges in Northeast Asia,” a new U.S. Defense Department report says.
Mabus Says 300-Ship Navy In Sight 
Continuing to reverse the trend in declining ship-fleet strength the U.S. Navy had been experiencing through the height of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the service is close to getting back to a 300-ship force, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says.
USCG Awards Contract For Sixth NSC 
Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager, says, “The design/build plan is at a mature stage. We currently have two more ships under construction and expect to start NSC-6 in October.” (Photo: DHS)
U.S. Navy Tests UAV-Aerostat Operations 
High-speed vessel USNS HSV-2 Swift has completed testing of the TIF-25K unmanned blimp Aerostat and a Puma UAV and departed Key West, Fla., on May 1 for Operation Martillio, a Countering Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) mission in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
U.S. Chief Of Naval Operations Emphasizes 'Kill-Chain' Concept 
“You’ll hear me speak about a ‘kill-chain’ approach,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert says. “We use ‘kill chains’ to help decide how we should invest our time, money, and other resources to build our capabilities and gain an advantage over our adversaries.”
Enterprise Readies For Final Drydocking 
The U.S. Navy is bulking up its Port Hueneme, Calif., facility with additional power stations to support the final drydocking of the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier before its nuclear fuel is removed.
Greenert Calls Chinese Anti-Ship Missile Possible 'Game-Changer' 
China’s development of a ballistic missile able to attack ships could represent a “game-changer” for the U.S. Navy mindset in that region, says Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, as the Asian nation reasserts itself as a maritime Pacific power.
U.S. Navy Shipbuilding Plan Banks On Small Ships

U.S. Navy officials have for months been trumpeting the need to develop a stronger base of smaller warships to help implement the Pacific pivot, and the service’s recently released shipbuilding plan backs that up with proposed procurement through the coming decades.

Greenert Touts Integrated Missile Defense For Future Destroyer 
As much as the U.S. Navy depends on its destroyer fleet now for a host of missions, the service will expect even more from its ships once they are outfitted with the proposed air-and-missile-defense radar (AMDR) suite to perform integrated missile defense, according to Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations.
Ohio-Class Sub Replacements Remain Top U.S. Navy Priority 
Submarines remain a chief shipbuilding concern for the U.S. Navy and top service officials worry sequestration could hamper the programs.
Sequestration Prompts More Simulator Use For U.S. Navy, Marine Corps 
Sequestration-related funding cuts are driving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to train more with simulators, top brass tell lawmakers. But continued funding cuts will bite into operations and maintenance, service officials warn.
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