Joint Strike Fighter
While the successful F-35C sea trials eased the minds of many in the Navy, the program faces a whirlwind of activity next year, including the initial operating capability of the Marine Corps variant, the F-35B. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the joint program office, has said that delays to the testing program caused by engine problems may push back that IOC date. National Defense dissects the year ahead for the Navy and Marine Corps' variants.
Amphibious Combat Vehicle
The Marine Corps spent decades of time and billions of dollars trying to develop an amphibious vehicle with high water-speed capability. Last year, the service reversed course, deciding to acquire a modified off-the-shelf product to replace the aging amphibious assault vehicle. The competition is due to heat up this year, with a final request for proposals released as early as February. Only two vendors will be selected to compete for the program, officials have said.
Marine Corps Drones
The Marine Corps over the past 12 years of conflict have flown the RQ-7B Shadow and the RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned aerial systems. National Defense Magazine looks at the service's UAV roadmap, future concepts of operations and plans for near-term upgrades.
Navy Nuclear Power
The National Nuclear Security Administration's naval nuclear power propulsion program is responsible for developing reactors for Navy submarines. The program wants to do away with mid service life refueling, by creating a reactor that lasts as long as the sub. If successful...