Megan Eckstein is the naval warfare reporter at Defense News. She has covered military news since 2009, with a focus on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, acquisition programs, and budgets. She has reported from four geographic fleets and is happiest when she’s filing stories from a ship. Megan is a University of Maryland alumna.
The Navy reorganized its entire submarine acquisition and sustainment enterprise to address current and potential future issues as the service builds a new class of ballistic missile subs and crawls out of the bottom of an attack sub shortfall.
The Senate Armed Services Committee wants a higher standard for letting the Navy retire ships early, proposing a process that would question whether the sea service can meet its global obligations without the ships in question.
Kaman hopes its medium-lift quadcopter will solve the biggest challenge to the Marine Corps’ expeditionary advanced base operations concept: resupplying small units of Marines scattered around island chains.
An ongoing Global Posture Review and a 2022 update to the National Defense Strategy will provide the U.S. Navy more clarity on what its roles and expectations will be in an increasingly competitive maritime space.
The Navy and Boeing paired their unmanned tanker with the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter for the first time, with the drone refueling its third aircraft type since June as it heads towards shipboard testing and the standup of the first MQ-25A squadron later this year.
The U.K. Royal Navy wants a future fleet with its sensors and weapons disaggregated and its ships flexible enough to change missions as needed, as it acknowledges that traditional technology superiority may not be possible in the coming decades.
The U.S. Navy has made significant progress with unmanned systems but needs to move faster — prompting the chief of naval operations to stand up a new task force to help usher unmanned systems into the fleet.