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Top Marine expects unmanned technology to spur change in designs of amphibs

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The development and fielding of new unmanned systems will likely lead to changes in how the Marine Corps’ next generation of amphibious ships are designed, the service’s top officer said Thursday. Future amphibs will need to be able to launch and recover a variety of robotic platforms — including aerial drones and surface and subsurface vessels — that the U.S. military intends to field, Commandant Gen. David Berger noted an…

Marine Corps releases new doctrine on information

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The Marine Corps on Wednesday released its latest doctrinal publication focused on information, putting it on a level footing with other aspects of warfighting. Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication-8, Information, aims to describe the purpose and mechanics of using information as a warfighting tool for the entire service. “Information is key to gaining advantage in all domains, whether on the battlefield or during day-to-day @USMC ops in competition,” Gen. David Berger,…

Marines to establish new drone squadron in Hawaii to counter China

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The Marine Corps aims to set up a new squadron of MQ-9 Reaper drones in Hawaii for the explicit purpose of keeping a sharper and more persistent eye on China, Commandant Gen. David Berger told lawmakers Thursday. These lethal, long-endurance, remotely-piloted aircraft — manufactured by General Atomics — have been used extensively by the Air Force to support overseas contingency operations and counterterrorism efforts during the post-9/11 wars.  Marines have…

Marine Corps commandant gung-ho about loitering munitions

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The Marine Corps’ top officer sees loitering munitions as a key capability for the future force as the military service aims to boost the lethality and reconnaissance capabilities of its small units. Loitering munitions, also known as kamikaze drones or suicide drones, are primarily designed to go on one-way missions where they fly around until they find a target and then crash into it to destroy it. Equipped with sensors,…

Marines to create new information command to support Force Design 2030

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The commandant of the Marine Corps wants to create a new command focused on improving information operations, and he is directing officials to develop options for doing so. The guidance was included in the annual update to Gen. David Berger’s controversial vision for transforming the Corps known as Force Design 2030, released Monday. “We believe that in a conflict with a peer adversary, first moves may be in space and…