West 2018 Related Coverage

January 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Navy is adding high-energy lasers to the fleet aboard the DDG 51 Flight IIA “in the shortest time frame possible,” says a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesperson.

The U.S. Navy has identified laser weapons as an urgent capability need, and after many years of development, it is moving rapidly to deploy advanced laser capabilities in the near term to the fleet. The Navy is pursuing the highest-powered lasers, beginning with 60-kilowatt systems and aiming for 150-kilowatt-class systems, to be used on guided missile destroyers. Through its Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems, the Navy would be the first service to have a program of record for laser energy weapons.

January 1, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
The USS Porter transits the Strait of Messina in the Mediterranean. The Navy is increasing its emphasis on information warfare (IW) as it integrates the capability with air, surface and subsurface operations.

The ability of the U.S. Navy to maneuver during combat will soon be as important in the airwaves as it is in the air and the waves. The sea service has designated information warfare a domain as critical as its more commonly known physical counterparts, and the capacity to exploit and operate within it may hold the key to prevailing in future maritime conflicts.

January 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Marines exit a vehicle onto the beach during a recent amphibious landing exercise at Kin Blue Beach in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines need advanced technologies that will not limit their mobility.

How does the U.S. Marine Corps, which is facing multiple challenges in a changing operating environment, repel daily threats? With sound strategies as well as direction, preparation, doctrine and of course innovation, says one Marine Corps official. However, U.S. enemies, who continue to change and create a unique environment, are also armed with technology.