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Feb. 10, 2021

NSWC Dahlgren Division Engineer Honored for Impacting Laser Weapon Technology with Leadership, Rigor, and Agility

Every year across the United States, high school seniors must decide their futures. For some, they head straight to college. Others forego more schooling entirely and join the workforce. For Ronald ‘Flats’ Flatley, he chose to join the Navy. Flatley spent 21 years in the Navy, eventually becoming a Naval Flight Officer. He deployed overseas three times, and eventually landed a job at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) before joining Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) as a government employee.

Jan. 27, 2021

AFRL holds new directed energy wargaming event

The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate recently held its newest wargaming, modeling and simulation event at Kirtland Air Force Base. The Directed Energy Utility Concept Experiment, or DEUCE, under the leadership of the directorate’s wargaming team, brought together F-16 pilots, F-15E weapon systems officers and an Airborne Warning and Control System air battle manager, with the goal of evaluating the capabilities of directed energy for the future battlefield.

Jan. 20, 2021

Watch commander – ensuring safety for all

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Staling Amador, a watch commander with the Camp Foster Provost Marshal’s Office (PMO) and a native of Miami, Florida, shares his story as a Marine within Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific – Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. PMO watch commanders are responsible for responding quickly and effectively to emergency calls while ensuring the safety of Marines, Status of Forces Agreement personnel, and local nationals on and off base. In addition, they oversee the training and mentorship of their patrolmen, to ensure they possess the knowledge, physical endurance and mental fortitude to successfully respond to a variety of situations.

Jan. 8, 2021

DOD details National Guard response to Capitol attack

Once the reality of the assault on the U.S. Capitol became apparent, National Guard troops responded appropriately and with alacrity, Department of Defense officials said in a phone briefing on Jan. 7. "Yesterday was a horrible and shameful day here in the capital, and the nation at large," Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on the call. "The District of Columbia asked the Army for help, and our National Guard responded."

Jan. 6, 2021

Littoral Combat Ships for Maritime COIN

The U.S. Pacific Fleet is embracing its role in countering China’s maritime insurgency against the rule of international law and freedom of the seas. Persistent presence to safeguard Southeast Asian civilians from China’s depredations against their rights is the new order of the day and already is delivering favorable political-diplomatic results.

Dec. 31, 2020

In Your Face GW’s In-Port Security Force gets OC Sprayed

Eyes burning. Vison blurry. Snot dripping. Instructors screaming. With all of these distractions after getting sprayed by oleoresin capsicum (OC), Sailors go through a course allowing them to practice taking down and defending themselves against attackers.

Dec. 24, 2020

Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles

Three new ship-based weapons being developed by the Navy—solid state lasers (SSLs), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the gun-launched guided projectile (GLGP), also known as the hypervelocity projectile (HVP)—could substantially improve the ability of Navy surface ships to defend themselves against surface craft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and eventually anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs).

Dec. 17, 2020

Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Release Maritime Strategy

The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard released a new tri-Service maritime strategy December 17, entitled Advantage at Sea. The document provides strategic guidance on how the sea services will prevail in day-to-day competition, crisis and conflict over the next decade. It also directs the services to deepen tri-service integration, aggressively pursue force modernization, and continue robust cooperation with allies and partners.

Dec. 7, 2020

Marines and Japanese troops train together to capture islands, coastal areas

One thousand Marines and Japanese soldiers will practice airborne assaults to capture “key maritime terrain” during a two-week exercise that kicked off Monday on Japan’s main island. Five hundred members of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., are working with 400 troops from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 30th Infantry Regiment, their commander, Lt. Col. Neil Berry, said in a telephone interview Sunday from Camp Fuji, outside Tokyo.

Dec. 4, 2020

CJCS Milley: Character of War in Midst of Fundamental Change

The world is in the midst of a fundamental change in the character of warfare as a variety of nations begin to field directed energy, hypersonics and autonomous systems, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Thursday. “I would argue that today [we] are in the middle of a fundamental change in the character of war,” Gen. Mark Milley said during the U.S. Naval Institute’s Defense Forum Washington conference on Thursday. “The nature of war is probably not going to change, but the character of war does change and it changes frequently.”

Nov. 23, 2020

CNO Visits Navy Sailors, Civilians at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visited Sailors and civilians during a day-trip to Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Virginia, Nov. 17.

Nov. 17, 2020

DOD Works With Partner Nations to Avoid Civilian Casualties During War

A panel of Defense Department experts on the topic spoke remotely at the American Society of International Law. The American military's strong commitment to minimizing civilian casualties to the maximum extent possible and adhering to international humanitarian law principles is enculturated and internalized at all levels of command and across the services, Air Force Maj. John Legg, assistant professor of law at the U.S. Air Force Academy, said.

Nov. 16, 2020

Air Force Test Center, Air Force Research Laboratory collaborate during annual Summit

The Air Force Materiel Command has built the most powerful Air Force in the world, and our nation is depending on us to build the Air Force we need to secure our nation’s future. Two agencies under the MAJCOM met the challenge of “AFMC We Need” and held their 2nd annual Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Test Center Summit last month.

Nov. 9, 2020

Anticipating the Human Costs of Great Power Conflict

As bipartisan calls to “end endless war” intensify, the U.S. military has already turned to its next challenge: great power conflict. Over the last few years, U.S. defense policy has undergone a formal reorientation away from counterinsurgency and counterterrorism and toward great power competition with countries like China and Russia. The Obama administration’s 2015 National Military Strategy focused on deterring, denying, and defeating State adversaries, while the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy identifies China and Russia as the main priorities for the Department of Defense (DOD) because of the “magnitude of the threats they pose to U.S. security and prosperity today, and the potential for those threats to increase in the future.” This pivot has already resulted in concrete changes to DOD planning, training, budget requests, and overall strategic philosophy, with even more significant changes anticipated as each branch of the military continues to refine their warfighting concepts with an eye towards great power conflict. The 2017 update to Army Field Manual 3-0 (FM 3-0), for example, focuses almost entirely on deterring and defeating a major adversary, predicting a war “more chaotic, intense, and highly destructive than those the Army has experienced in the past several decades.”

Nov. 2, 2020

Department of Defense reaches out to industry to synchronize C-sUAS solutions

The sky is getting congested. Rapid increases in the number and type of drones in the air is leading to new challenges when it comes to determining friend or foe, both at home and abroad. With uses ranging from benign recreation, to far more alarming applications like gathering intelligence or wreaking havoc on a battlefield, these readily available and inexpensive small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are easily operated and growing in popularity.

Oct. 23, 2020

DOD Posts Webpage to Aid in Reporting Civilian Casualties

The U.S. military goes to extraordinary lengths to protect civilians on the battlefield, but sometimes casualties occur. The department has now created a website so people can report information on civilian casualties.

Oct. 20, 2020

Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles

The following is the Oct. 15, 2020, Congressional Research Service report, Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Gun-Launched Guided Projectile: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report Three new ship-based weapons being developed by the Navy—solid state lasers (SSLs), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the gun-launched guided projectile (GLGP), also known as the hypervelocity projectile (HVP)—could substantially improve the ability of Navy surface ships to defend themselves against surface craft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and eventually anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs).

Oct. 13, 2020

Uptick in Spending Seen for Directed Energy Weapons

Armed forces around the world are expected to boost investment in directed energy weapons such as lasers and high-powered microwaves over the next decade as the technology matures, a new study forecasts. The U.S. military more than doubled its spending on this capability between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, from $535 million to $1.1 billion. Other nations, such as China and Russia, are also investing in these types of systems, said a recent report from market analysis firm GlobalData titled, “Directed Energy Weapons (Defense) — Thematic Research.”

Oct. 2, 2020

The Defense Department Just Published a Summary Of The National Defense Strategy's Irregular Warfare Annex. Here's Why It's So Significant.

This week, the Defense Department released an unclassified summary of the Irregular Warfare (IW) Annex to the National Defense Strategy. It declares that, with respect to IW, the department will maintain “sufficient, enduring capabilities to advance national security objectives across the spectrum of competition and conflict.” Renewed focus on great power competition suggests a shift away from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency missions, but no one should interpret this shift to imply the wholesale abandonment of the relevant toolsets and expertise of IW.

Oct. 1, 2020

MSCoE Sends: Celebrating 21 years of MSCoE

Each year, the three regiments that call Fort Leonard Wood home spend a very special time with their Soldiers, leaders, families and veterans celebrating their history and heritage. The birthdates of the regiments are: June 16, 1776, for Engineers; June 28, 1918, for Chemical; and Sept. 26, 1941, for Military Police. Although the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence is not a regiment, a branch or a school, it is the organization that proudly executes critical missions for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Army and the Department of Defense. On Oct. 1, we celebrate MSCoE’s 21st anniversary.