U.S. Marines Want a Do-It-All Drone
The U.S. Marine Corps in early March 2018 asked the defense industry to provide information on a versatile new unmanned aerial system that could replace the Corps’ aging EA-6B electronic-warfare planes and complement existing surveillance, cargo and attack aircraft. Recognizing our current recapitalization toward a more diverse, lethal, amphibious... Read more
American Warplanes Are Falling From the Sky
Five U.S. military aircraft crashed over a period of less than a month beginning in mid-March 2018, killing 16 crew members and alarming military officials. Two of the crashes involved U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, underscoring concerns that the naval aviation fleet is overworked, undertrained and poorly-maintained. “We’re... Read more
The U.S. Marine Corps Is Getting a New Rifle
The U.S. Marine Corps has picked the Heckler & Koch M27 as its new infantry rifle. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller confirmed the selection in an interview with Military.com. The new rifle is part of a wider overhaul of the Marines’ infantry gear. Jarheads are also... Read more
El King Stallion [Rey Semental] es el helicóptero militar más grande de Estados Unidos
La Armada estadounidense ha adjudicado a la división Sikorsky de Lockheed Martin un contrato para iniciar la fabricación del nuevo helicóptero de transporte pesado CH-53K King Stallion del Cuerpo de Infantería de Marina de EE.UU. La empresa fabricará dos de estas enormes aeronaves de ala rotatoria en... Read more
U.S. Marines’ Portable Helicopters Were Too Crazy to Survive
This story originally appeared on Feb. 15, 2015. During the Korean War, quite a few American pilots went down behind enemy lines. Some got lucky and escaped with the help of daring airborne-search-and-rescue crews, while others never made it home alive. The U.S. Marine Corps looked to helicopters to... Read more
The U.S. Marines Want to Add Extra Firepower to Tiltrotors
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, has been exploring the use of forward-firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin-mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30-millimeter gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the back of the V-22. In recent years, the... Read more
The King Stallion Is the Heaviest U.S. Military Helicopter
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky division a contract to start producing the U.S. Marine Corps’ new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopters. The company will produce two of the massive rotary-wing aircraft under a so-called “Lot 1” Low Rate Initial Production fixed price contract worth... Read more
Seven Top U.S. Marines Took Jobs With Foreign Governments and Firms
Documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight name seven retired U.S. Marine Corps officers — including the Secretary of Defense and Pres. Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly — who sought and obtained permission from the Marine Corps to be paid to work on behalf of... Read more
U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Kills 16 People
At 5:00 P.M. eastern time on July 10, 2017, a Marine Corps Reserve KC-130T aerial refueling tanker crashed in Le Flore County, Mississippi, killing 15 Marines and one U.S. Navy corpsman—the deadliest Marine Corps aviation accident since a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2005. The KC-130T had taken off... Read more
Women Marines Are Marines, Too — Same as Men
In early March 2017, news broke that a 30,000-member Facebook group called “Marines United” trafficked in nude photos of female Marines and wives. Facebook took action and Marines United removed the offending material. But users simply downloaded the photos and shared them on other online platforms. At an anonymous,... Read more

Matthew Gault

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