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Should Duterte Step Back on the South China Sea?

Some countries have become wary of China’s aspiration to become a maritime power because the means pursued by the Xi Jinping government — as seen in the disputed South China Sea — appear to ignore the legitimate interests of its smaller neighbors, flout existing international norms and pose risks to regional peace and stability.

The U.S. Navy Is Back: More Ships, More Technology (And More Firepower)

Unless something changes — and let’s be clear, a lot of things could change — the U.S. Navy will finally achieve its goal of a substantially bigger fleet five years from now, in 2021.

That’s the year that, according to current planning, the U.S. fleet will grow to 308 frontline vessels, up from 278 in 2009. The fleet should number 287 “battle-force” warships — that is, ships with a combat mission — by the fall of 2016.

The Visa Integrity & Security Act is Harmful to America's National Interest

On Wednesday, May 25th, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 5203).  With the recent occurrences of international terrorism, we commend any sensible efforts within the legislation to enhance our national security.  However, if enacted into law in its current form, the legislation would negatively impact the Iranian American community, undermine U.S.

The U.S. Navy’s Newly Lethal LCS Finds its Place

Lost, or at least overlooked, in all the hubbub created by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s decision to radically restructure the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program and ongoing sniping from some ill-informed individuals about performance and cost issues are two important facts. First, that some two dozen LCS are either in the fleet, under construction or under contract. They have been produced on time and at decreasing unit cost. Yes, there have been problems with the first several ships produced. Every new class of ships has had teething problems.

Revealed: The US Marine Corps Might Just Be Developing a Super 'Gun'

The Marine Corps and Raytheon are developing a new precision-guided 120mm explosive mortar round so that forward deployed forces can more effectively target and destroy enemies from farther distances than existing mortars.

The weapon is designed to shoot up into the air in a vertical trajectory before identifying, tracking and exploding an enemy target upon decent to the ground. The vertical landing allows the weapon to achieve great precision, Raytheon officials said.

The US Navy's Battleplan to Crush Enemy Missiles, Drones and Aircraft

The Navy is arming four forward-deployed destroyers with an emerging ship-defense weapon able to track and destroy attacking enemy missiles, drones, aircraft, small boats and other threats, officials said.

The SeaRAM weapons system, designed to fire Rolling Airframe Missiles out of a Close-in-Weapons System, will be installed on the USS Porter, USS Carney, USS Ross and USS Donald Cook, Navy spokesman Ensign Marc Rockwellpate told Scout Warrior.