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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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 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.
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.
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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