Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier — the Norfolk, Virginia-based USS George H.W. Bush — to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.
The Iranian Navy announced a change of plans for its 29th flotilla of warships, with the Iranian Navy Commander calling back the naval group before it could start its voyage to the Atlantic Ocean.
Some of the Navy’s newest weapons sound like something out of “Star Wars,” with lasers designed to shoot down drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.
President Barack Obama is arguing that looming government-wide spending cuts could idle military resources like naval aircraft carriers, while Republicans are criticizing the president for taking his arguments outside Washington instead of staying to work out a plan before Friday’s deadline.