Linda Hersey

Linda Hersey was a Navy reporter with Inside Defense until October 2023. She is a career journalist who most recently served as an Alaska-based political reporter covering the governor and legislature on issues that ranged from Arctic policy to the economy. Linda has a background in content management at nonprofits that include a STEM university and healthcare system.

Archived Articles
Daily News | October 3, 2023

Unmanned aerial delivery vehicles mass-produced cheaply, developed quickly and capable of deploying commercial payloads are in the sights of the Defense Innovation Unit, which posted a "solutions" notice seeking less-costly alternatives to current platforms.

Daily News | September 28, 2023

China has been increasing the scope, scale and pace of operations and interference in the South China Sea -- building military outposts, sinking Vietnamese fishing boats, disrupting Malaysian energy exploration, and flying too close to U.S. military aircraft operating lawfully in the area, according to a Defense Department official.

Daily News | September 27, 2023

The U.S. 4th Fleet launched Starlink systems and reported "technical firsts" fielding unmanned aerial and surface vehicles during UNITAS exercises conducted with 20 partner nations in waters off Central and South America.

Daily News | September 21, 2023

A new science and technology advisory board launched to support the Navy and Marine Corps will strive to bring insight and perspective to operational risks and benefits of emerging platforms, software and systems.

Daily News | September 19, 2023

Naval Air Systems Command will issue a request for proposals Thursday for integrating "take charge and move out" (TACAMO) mission systems into a modified C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft.

The Insider | September 19, 2023

Acting Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Eric Smith ordered a two-day standdown of aviation operations Monday following an F-35B Lightning II "Class-A mishap" over South Carolina.

Daily News | September 18, 2023

With the Navy projecting it will fall short of fiscal year 2023 recruitment goals, acting Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti told lawmakers last week the sea service is fighting "a war for talent."

Daily News | September 15, 2023

The Navy needs to produce at least one additional Virginia-class submarine per year to maintain undersea advantage in the Indo-Pacific and globally, Adm. Lisa Franchetti, acting chief of naval operations, told lawmakers.

Daily News | September 15, 2023

Cost overruns of more than $1 billion for modernizing F-35C Joint Strike Fighters are creating financial headwinds for the follow-on development of the fifth-generation aircraft, acting Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Lisa Franchetti told lawmakers Thursday.

Daily News | September 14, 2023

Stating the amphibious force is critical to the fleet, acting Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti told lawmakers Thursday she is committed to the 31-ship legal mandate.

Daily News | September 13, 2023

The Navy is working to resolve “final missile allocations” to complete master planning for test strategy and evaluation of self-defense systems against anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs).

Daily News | September 12, 2023

The Navy will continue a series of experiments on early stage unmanned systems capable of electromagnetic warfare with the third annual Silent Swarm planned for two weeks in July 2024.

The Insider | September 11, 2023

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro will swear in new members at a Navy Science and Technology Board meeting Sept. 22 that will also include a discussion on the service's science and technology priorities and challenges.

Daily News | September 6, 2023

Five competitive prototypes for the Landing Ship Medium (LSM) are under development with the focus on getting requirements "right," said Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl, chief of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and deputy commandant for combat development and integration.

Daily News | September 6, 2023

Combatant commanders need mobile, lethal and low-signature credible deterrent forces to meet new and evolving challenges globally, acting Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Eric Smith said today.

Daily News | September 5, 2023

The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier -- the former Enterprise (CVN-65) -- will be dismantled over five years by a commercial vendor in Newport News, VA, Brownsville, TX or Mobile, AL, that will also manage disposal of the defueled vessel and its inactive reactor plants.

Daily News | September 1, 2023

Naval Sea Systems Command has issued a draft request for proposals to develop and evaluate MEDUSA -- an unmanned maritime minelaying system.

Daily News | September 1, 2023

Military applications for boron nitride nanotubes -- which hold promise for their strength and radiation-shielding properties -- are expected to move more quickly from the laboratory to prototype under the inaugural S²MARTS Research OTA project.

The Insider | August 31, 2023

Retired Vice Adm. Jon Hill, the former Missile Defense Agency director, has joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies as a senior adviser with the international security program's missile defense project, CSIS announced Thursday.

Daily News | August 29, 2023

Unmanned aerial systems increasingly have longer battery life -- traveling faster and farther with bigger payloads.

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