Armed Forces News

Commandant Gen. David H. Berger told a panel of lawmakers that approval the 2021 budget request for 44 Maritime Strike Tomahawk cruise missiles would enable the Marines he commands to “contribute to sea control and sea denial.” Speaking at a March 5 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Berger also said that the Tomahawk would provide long-range precision fires that would provide necessary support to small units, Seapower magazine reported. The version of Tomahawk the Marines want would have a terminal multimode sensor that can strike ships and other moving targets, Seapower reported.

Responding to a question by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, Berger also expressed support for the eventual procurement of the Ground-Based Anti-Ship Missile and the Remotely Operated Unit Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fires Vehicle, Seapower reported. Within 10 years, unmanned platforms like these could accompany Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) as force multipliers for small units.