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Caitlin M. Kenney

Staff Reporter, Defense One

Caitlin M. Kenney
Caitlin M. Kenney is staff reporter at Defense One, where she writes about the Navy and Marine Corps. She has covered the U.S. military for several years across the country, previously as a Pentagon reporter for Stars and Stripes. She’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Is the LPD-17 Flight II Amphib Worth It? Depends Who You Ask

Navy officials say the amphibious ship is too expensive, while the top Marine calls it “affordable.”


Navy On Path To Violate 31-Amphibious-Ship Requirement in 2024

Budget proposal asks Congress to allow ship retirements that lawmakers explicitly nixed last year.


Fewer Than 1/3 of Navy’s Amphibious Ships Are Ready to Deploy

“We can’t live with that,” Marine commandant says after high-profile missions were delayed or scuttled.


Marines See Early Successes in Retention Push—and Ways to Do Better

Meanwhile, the commandant wants to bring skilled people into the Corps at advanced ranks.


State of the Marine Corps 2023

Efforts to fulfill the vision of Force Design 2030 are hitting a groove. But who will replace its architect?

Science & Tech

Medevac Drone-Boat, Record-Setting UAV to Play in Sprawling Maritime Exercise

The U.S.-led IMX and Cutlass Express events will take place from the Mideast to East Africa.

Exclusive Threats

‘We Didn’t Have the Ships’ to Send ‘Best Option’ to Help Earthquake Victims, Commandant Says

Incident comes a year after maintenance problems delayed the 22nd MEU’s deployment to Europe.


Marines Issue Warning on Amphib Fleet

The assistant commandant says 31 large amphibious warfare ships are needed to avoid risk.


'Incredibly Hard': US Forces Prep for Winter Combat

As the Arctic gains importance and great-power competition expands the battlefield, more soldiers and Marines are learning to fight in the cold.


Some Ospreys on Flight Restrictions Pending Part Replacement

U.S. military limiting the lifespan of a gearbox part to address V-22 hard clutch incidents.


Marines Reactivate Guam Base to Boost Pacific Footprint

Camp Blaz will become a “strategic hub” and a joint and allied training center.


Next Missile Sub ‘Facing Delays’ Due to Design, Materials, and Quality, GAO Says

Electric Boat is pulling workers from the Virginia program to help the Columbia effort, but at unknown risks to cost and schedule, the watchdog wrote in a new report.


Marines To Train For Future Battlefield With Immersive Technologies

The Marine Corps is revamping its training and education programs to prepare Marines to be problem solvers and decision makers, senior service officials say.

Exclusive Policy

EXCLUSIVE: Navy Won’t Publicly Release Results of Amphibious Ship Study

The study, which had been delayed for months, has been sent to lawmakers.


Army May Consider Buying Weapons Parts in Advance to Avoid Delays

The service should look at weapons buying “in a nonlinear way,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said