ISSUES & TRENDS
The USS America is the new kid on the block in terms of amphibious warfare.
It has been joined in the Alligator Dagger 2017 by another new kid on the block as well, the aviation modified support ship, the USNS Puller.
USS Abraham Lincoln, the first US Navy aircraft carrier capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II, welcomed the fifth-generation jet fighter on board earlier this month.
Royal Australian Navy ships got underway from Sydney on September 4 for a series of drills in the Indo-Pacific region with regional partners.
Cacophony in C2 systems needs to be replaced by an integrated software solution moving forward into which the different defensive launch systems can participate to give the combatant commander the kind of options he or she needs to deal with the near term or longer term threats.
The future is now; we need to move forward on integrated C2 for the defensive forces enabling the offensive-defensive enterprise.