When it comes to missile-killing lasers, the US Navy is ready to burn its ships

Defense News – The U.S. Navy’s Director of Surface Warfare is ready to bet the farm on using lasers to shoot down missiles.

Navy Has No Plans Develop Lethal Carrier UAV Before MQ-25A Hits Flight Decks

USNI News – The Navy won’t pursue the development of a lethal carrier-based unmanned aircraft before it fields its unmanned MQ-25A Stingray tanker sometime in the 2020s.

‘Go Straight at ’Em!’: Training and Operating with Mission Command

USNI Proceedings – In preparation for future war, the Navy must wean itself from the constant flow of data and trust subordinates to lead in battle.

Study Says Navy Logistics Fleet Would Fall Short in High-End Fight

USNI News – The Navy is struggling to find support to buy new logistics ships, even as a new study finds the Navy’s current plans to recapitalize that logistics fleet are insufficient to support distributed operations in a high-end fight against China or Russia.

Navy Planning Aggressive Unmanned Ship Prototyping, Acquisition Effort

USNI News – The Navy has tightly coupled early prototyping efforts and future acquisition efforts for medium and large unmanned surface vehicles, to speed up the time it will take to experiment with the vessels and get them fielded to fleet commanders.

Navy Wary of Growing Costs While It Ramps Up Ops

Breaking Defense – The Navy is adding more ships as quickly as possible, even as it grapples with how it’s going to pay the costs to keep them afloat once it gets them.

Admiral, I Am Not Ready for War

CIMSEC – This article is not intended to support or speak out against the U.S. military’s efforts to prepare for a war against China and it is not to discuss the wisdom of my nation’s military decisions. It is only written with one purpose. That purpose is to acknowledge two absolute facts today: that the U.S. Military is preparing for war and I, an American merchant ship captain, am not ready.

USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East

USNI News – The Pentagon is sending amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as a hedge against Iran.

The Case for Unmanned Surface Vehicles in Future Maritime Operations

CIMSEC – While it is encouraging to see Navy plans to move quickly to bring initial Medium and Large USVs into the fleet, other unmanned platforms are equally ready for such an approach. Innovation is the key to shaping tomorrow’s Navy, and getting USVs of all shapes and sizes to the fleet for Sailors to try out is the best approach to achieving it.

USS Abraham Lincoln Now in Middle East Heading to the Persian Gulf

USNI News – The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group left the Mediterranean and transited the Suez Canal, officially entering U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command.

Autonomous Pickets for Force Protection and Fleet Missile Defense

CIMSEC – As the Navy continues to experiment with new roles and missions for unmanned systems, unmanned force protection and missile defense is an ideal mission.

The Pacific Fleet has drawn a ‘red line’

Defense News – Prior to the accidents, ships in Japan were routinely operating under waivers for lapsed certifications in warfare areas such as damage control, navigation and flight deck operations. In this new model, ships don’t go on missions until they are trained and certified to perform them.

When will the US Navy be able to autonomously seek and destroy mines?

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is racing to field unmanned systems, and while much work remains for distributed, unmanned sensors and missile shooters, one area of unmanned warfare is seeing success: hunting and destroying mines.

U.S. Navy Undersea Rescue Team Rethinking How it Deploys After Argentine Sub Loss

USNI News – Executing a submarine rescue is a race against time to reach a trapped crew before a dwindling oxygen supply runs out, and when the most recent request came for help, the U.S. Navy found mobilizing personnel and equipment took too long.

Unmanned Units Need Tenders for Distributed Operations

CIMSEC – Basing a support and sustainment model for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) on 21st century tenders would both fulfill the unique support needs of USVs and help build the ability to fight and deter a war in the Pacific. This analysis will briefly discuss the role tenders played in the Pacific War, why tenders are the ideal model for sustaining USV units, then turn to what modern USV tenders should look like.

MARAD Ready Reserve Force Still Faces Readiness, Manning Challenges

USNI News – The Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force is still as small and perhaps less ready than this time last year, when a top MARAD official said the RRF was “on the ragged edge” of readiness.

Create an Unmanned Experimental Squadron and Learning System

CIMSEC – We call for the Navy to accelerating standing up a dedicated experimental squadron with the purpose of exploring advanced tactics for employing unmanned systems in a series of tactically challenging, objective-based exercises.

The US surface fleet is shaking up how it readies ships for deployment

Defense News – The U.S. Navy’s top surface warfare officer is changing how his crews prepare for deployment with an eye toward more quickly certifying ships and freeing up schedules so ships’ commanders can spend more time participating in customized training.

What’s killing the US Navy’s air wing?

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is on the brink of an explosion in research and development funding for its next-generation fighter program — an effort that could make or break the mainstay of the fleet’s powerful strike arm.

Here’s how the Japan-based 7th Fleet has changed since 17 sailors died in accidents 2 years ago

Defense News – The accidents led to wholesale changes in leadership for the 7th Fleet based in the region, including a new commander, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, who was tasked with returning his fleet to a high state of readiness in the world’s most dangerous seas.

New 2nd Fleet To Confront Russia From Day One

Breaking Defense – The Navy has created a new fleet, and is sending it straight into the Baltic Sea to test new ways of doing business.

US sends aircraft carrier and bomber task force to ‘warn Iran’

BBC – The US has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran.

Sustaining the Fight: Resilient Maritime Logistics for a New Era

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments – Although logistics has traditionally been a U.S. strength, it now risks becoming a major weakness that could cause the United States to lose a war against China or Russia. The U.S. Navy’s logistics force is currently optimized for uncontested operations and is too small and vulnerable to support the current fleet – much less a larger or more distributed one – in a conflict with a peer adversary.

Blockade: An Imperfect Strategy

CIMSEC – Throughout history, maritime nations have used naval blockades to wreck the economies of their adversaries and bend them to their will. However, the impact of blockade in history has been overstated. Throughout history, blockade has been a part of military success, but it has never been the primary key to victory.

Trump administration reverses course on decision to decommission carrier Truman

Defense News – The White House has canceled plans to decommission an aircraft carrier 25 years early as a cost savings measure, a plan that was largely opposed on Capitol Hill.