U.S. Navy hovercraft evacuated Americans from Tripoli, Libya

War Zone – As Khalifa Haftar’s militia pushes deeper into Tripoli, Americans in the capital to help the UN-backed government are being whisked to safety.

Marines Accelerating F-35C Procurement to Support Carrier Deployments; F-35B Buys Would Slow

USNI News – The Marine Corps is accelerating its F-35C carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter procurement and slowing its F-35B vertical landing variant to support Navy deployment requirements.

Cyber Warfare Doctrine Already Exists

USNI Proceedings – In their search for cyber warfare doctrine, practitioners and leaders need look no further than Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting.

Pacific Blitz Tests How Navy, Marines Could Fight the Next Island Campaign

USNI News – As amphibious exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 wraps up today, senior commanders already are reviewing after-action lessons and thinking ahead to future exercises that will help develop, train and prepare forces for fights on the move and close to shore.

V-22 Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First Flight; Inserting Maintainability Improvements Into Fleet

USNI News – Military and industry officials gathered at the Marine Corps Museum in Virginia on Tuesday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey’s first flight and to welcome in the next era of V-22 operations around the globe.

Marines Lay Out Plans For Their Own MQ-9 Reaper Drone Force In New Budget Request

War Zone – This would give the service its first long-endurance drones and help pave the way for future unmanned aircraft capabilities.

Marines’ Anti-Drone Defense System Moving Towards Testing, Fielding Decision by End of Year

USNI News – The Marine Corps’ counter-drone defense system is transitioning from an urgent operational need (UON) to a formal program of record, but the program is trying to retain its speed and agility as it moves into testing and fielding.

The U.S. Marine Corps Wants Anti-Ship Weapons for “Island-Warfare.” Here’s Why That’s A Big Deal

National Interest – HIMARS, then, may look like a humble truck. In reality, it is far more: a tactical implement commanding significant strategic import. As the Marine Corps girds to fight in the air, on land, and sea, it ought to procure anti-ship weapons in bulk—and in haste.

First Marine F-35B Combat Deployment Hints at New Roles for Amphibious Ready Group

USNI News – After eight months at sea with a squadron of F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, the Marines and the Navy are seeing how the next-generation aircraft will expand the effectiveness of U.S. amphibious forces.

Marines Declare Current ACV Design Meets All Ship-to-Shore Requirements as Testing Continues

USNI News – The Marine Corps has put the Amphibious Combat Vehicle through its paces in the eight months since the service selected BAE Systems to build the new wheeled vehicles, using the original 16 ACVs to conduct high surf testing and cold weather/cold water testing around the country.

The vehicle has performed so well in these tests that the service is officially ditching the original plan to gradually insert the full ship-to-shore swim capability – that robust in-water performance was not required in the original ACV 1.1 and would instead be introduced in a later 1.2 increment – and has instead certified that these first vehicles can perform all ship-to-shore missions without assistance from a connector.

Marines Want to Field a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile ‘As Fast As Possible’

USNI News – The Marine Corps wants to select and field a long-range anti-ship missile “as fast as possible” to support the Navy in a fight for sea control.

‘Fight To Get To The Fight:’ Marine Amphibs Under The Gun

Breaking Defense – Threatened by hundreds of precision-guided munitions now in the hands of Russia and China, the Navy and Marine Corps continue to search for technologies and tactics that will allow them to operate close to the coastline without unsustainable losses.

USMC’s Older F-35Bs May Only Be Able To Fly Around A Quarter Of Their Expected Service Life

War Zone – Structural defects continue to plague the F-35B, which could lead to billions of dollars worth of unflyable, but otherwise young aircraft.

Marines’ Next High-End Fight Could Call for Larger Formations, Tougher Amphibs

USNI News – The Marine Corps is preparing for a high-end distributed fight inside island chains in the Pacific, and the service is pushing the Navy to invest in additional weapons and systems for amphibious ships to support this kind of battle in a contested environment.

USS Kearsarge Transits The Suez Canal With Anti-Drone Buggies Keeping Watch On Deck

War Zone – The USMC is putting its new drone defense capabilities to work in creative ways, like protecting a multi-billion dollar capital ship.

Marines, Navy Wrestle With How To Upgun Amphibs

Breaking Defense – The Marines want Vertical Launch System missile tubes on their new amphibious ships — but the Navy isn’t planning to leave room for them.

Marines Want Missiles To Sink Ships From Shores, And They Want Them Fast

Breaking Defense – The Army is looking at this too but probably on a different timeline — the Marine Corps wants to get after this pretty quickly.

4,500 Marines, F-35 Squadron on Standby in Middle East as U.S. Mulls Syria Exit

USNI News – Two Navy amphibious ready groups and about 4,500 shipboard Marines are on standby in the Middle East to support an American exit from Syria if needed.

USMC’s Huge New CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter Has Not So Tiny Problems, Faces More Delays

War Zone – Persistent technical issues continue to hound the program as the Corps’ aging Super Stallions are in ever more dire need of replacement.

Marine Task Force, USNS Stockham Team Up For Training, Engagements in Indo-Pacific

USNI News – A task force of Marines and sailors recently deployed to islands in Oceania, assisted by a Navy maritime prepositioning cargo ship that added to the growing list of places where the Marine Corps stretched its global reach in 2018.

Cyber War Requires Cyber Marines

USNI Proceedings – To ensure Marine Corps competitiveness in the cyber domain, personnel reforms must address policy, training, and organization, without compromising a warrior ethos.

Lack of Medical Readiness Is a War Stopper

USNI Proceedings – Medical support of the sick and wounded is a complicated, resource intensive, and vital aspect of every over-the-sea operation. Over the past 15 years, operational deployments in the Middle East have required U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces to focus on stability and counterinsurgency operations, but looking ahead, traditional amphibious roles likely will be required once again. During these future operations, how long will it take for a latent but “hopefully” functionally effective medical support system to evolve? Will medical support of the anticipated sea-base concept of operations, for example, suffer the same sad evolution of repetitive mistakes committed during prior amphibious conflicts over the past century? It is imperative that those who bear responsibility for ensuring prompt and competent care is provided to the combat injured examine the lessons of history.

Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Depart Norfolk For Deployment

USNI News – More than 4,500 sailors and Marines with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Norfolk on Monday for a deployment that will likely include visits to Europe and the Middle East.

The US Navy’s Amphibious Assault Renaissance: It’s More Than Ships and Aircraft

War on the Rocks – In the post-Cold War era, amphibious assault forces have not been the most capable part of the U.S. Navy. In the years after 9/11 — while the Marine Corps was engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan and not embarked in amphibious ships — the amphibious-assault fleet was, at best, an afterthought. Today, the Marine Corps is largely disengaged from land-centric conflicts and, in a move spearheaded by two former commandants, is “returning to its amphibious roots,” signaling a new emphasis on amphibious warfare.

Winning the Joint Fight

USNI Blog – It is important that the Marine Corps quickly take the lead in the expeditionary fires realm. However, it needs to leverage Army air defense and artillery capabilities and contacts to bring the idea to fruition and ultimately link-up under a Navy command and control umbrella.