Military And Intelligence News Briefs — April 1, 2019

Kris Osborne, Warrior Maven: Massive Warship Expansion: Navy to Add 30 New Destroyers by 2034

Within the next 15 years, the Navy plans to add as many as 30 DDG 51 Destroyers

The Navy’s ambitious fleet-size expansion relies upon a massive increase in heavily armed Destroyers able to launch long-range attacks, fire interceptor missiles, defend carrier strike groups and engage in massive open blue water warfare.

Within the next 15 years, the Navy plans to add as many as 30 DDG 51 Destroyers, including 22 new, high-tech DDG 51 Flight III warships and eight state-of-the-art DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyers. Prioritizing such a large number of these warships offers an interesting analytical window into Navy thinking about the next five decades of ocean war.

In addition to adding 30 new destroyers, the Navy’ also seeks 15 LCS’, 18 of the new Frigates and as many as 32 new attack submarines in the next 15 years. While many new ships are now under construction, the current number of Navy ships is roughly in the high 280s, a number the Navy hopes to grow to 355 by 2034.


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — April 1, 2019

Why two carriers left Norfolk just hours apart — Mark D. Faram, Navy Times

Pacific Commander Wants Subs The Navy Just Doesn’t Have — Breaking Defense

USS Eisenhower back at sea after upgrades in Norfolk — UPI

U.S. Navy Turned A British Amphibious Ship Into A Mine-Clearing Sea Base Packed With Drone Tech — Warzone/The Drive

Count Unmanned Vessels — Jerry Hendrix, NRO

Boeing awarded $87.5M for work on Harrier trainers — UPI

Major Pacific Exercise Preps Marines, Sailors for Large-Scale Maritime Battle —

Army To Replace Nearly Half Of Its Apache Gunships With Future High-Speed Armed Recon Helo — Warzone/The Drive

What the US Army can learn from the Brits’ ‘snowflake’ recruiting campaign — Army Times

New ‘Black Hawk Down’ documentary tells story of soldiers who saved Rangers, Delta Force troops — Army Times

F-35’s Most Sinister Capability Are Towed Decoys That Unreel From Inside Its Stealthy Skin — Warzone/The Drive

The Pentagon’s cost assessment office needs to reassess its F-15EX findings — Douglas Birkey, Defense News

More than Planes and Pickle Buttons: Updating the Air Force’s Core Missions for the 21st Century — Heather Venable, War On the Rocks

The Newest AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos of the Earth — Defense One

America is still trying to win the last cyber war — Christopher Porter, The Hill

Congress to Pentagon: Um, we asked you to buy tech faster — C4ISRNet

Army Gen. Stephen Townsend is nominated to lead AFRICOM — Stars and Stripes

Tweeting Trump injects White House into SEAL war crimes case — Navy Times

Key senator looks to block Apache sale to Egypt over injured American — Al-Monitor

NATO Membership for Cyprus. Yes, Cyprus. — Damon Wilson, Atlantic Council

‘Serious’ questions over SAS involvement in Yemen war — The Guardian

US, Russian Bombers Zip Past One Another Over Norwegian Sea in Drills — Sputnik

WATCH Russian IL-112V Military Transport Plane Successfully Make Maiden Flight — Sputnik

New Russian aircraft successfully completes its first test flight — TASS

‘Flying Nightmare’: Russia Makes Aerial Shotgun-Wielding Drone — Sputnik

Donald Trump nears sale of new F-16V jets to Taiwan, a move seen as ‘huge shock’ to Beijing — SCMP

Taiwan blasts China for ‘reckless and provocative’ fighter jet incursion — SCMP/AFP

Chinese jets’ incursion across Taiwan Strait is Beijing’s way of pushing back against the US, say analysts — SCMP

China’s Activities in the Polar Regions Cannot Go Unchecked — By Captain Tuan N. Pham, U.S. Navy, US Naval Institute

India launches top secret spy satellite into orbit along with cubesat swarm (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT

India’s anti-satellite missile test may have created 6,500 pieces of space junk larger than a pencil eraser, according to a new simulation — Business Insider

Australia’s Transition to the Hunter-Class Frigate — Marcus Hellyer, The Strategist

South Korea begins excavation of war remains in DMZ — UPI

More bad news about this Pearl Harbor memorial — Navy Times/AP

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