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Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Navy Shipbuilding

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The Navy’s mission set is likely to continue to grow over the foreseeable future, but the same cannot be said of the fleet. Both surface ships and submarines will need to be replaced or complemented, but budget restrictions severely hinder the Navy’s ability to meet those goals.

Marines Need to Add Ships, Lose Weight, Exploit Data

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Marine Corps needs more amphibious ships as it returns to its roots amid tight budgets. The Corps also needs to lighten the load its warfighters bear, and it wants to be able to access advanced intelligence data from its most sophisticated platform.

India Comes Out of its Shell

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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India, a nonaligned nation long reluctant to involve itself in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region, has begun to increase its involvement with the United States and other nations of the dynamic region.

Clarity, Determination Needed for U.S. Pacific Strategy

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Viewed as an indispensable force for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States risks losing the support it enjoys from nearly every nation in that hemisphere if it is ambiguous and not willing to take a stand during crises, said defense experts.

Navy Confronts Broad Cyberthreats

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Navy is facing new and better cyber adversaries as it expands its own cyber footprint. These threats face the fleet and the nation, and the Navy may be called upon to respond in both cases.

Six Areas Dominate Marine Corps Modernization

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on six different capability areas as it looks to modernize its force amid personnel reductions. Each area has subsets of activity, and their focal points range from operational to technological.

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