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  1. A drone-killing, directed energy weapon prototype is now in the hands of Marines. The Compact Laser Weapons System—or CLaWS—is the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters on the ground.
    A Marine conducts pre-deployment training and evaluation. Additionally, Marines are evaluating the Compact Laser Weapons System, the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters, as another potential C-UAS defeat capability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)
  2. IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan -- As the wind swept through the tall green grass in an open field on the Ie Shima coast line, a group of Marines stood in anticipation as they watched a bundle soar across the bright sky.
    U.S. Marine Corps air delivery specialists prepare to board an MV-22 Osprey for an air delivery exercise June 6, 2019 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. Air delivery specialists with Air Delivery Platoon, Landing Support Company, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, employed the Joint Precision Airdrop System to enhance mission readiness by providing hands-on rehearsals. The JPADS is an autonomous system designed to provide accurate delivery of cargo and supplies to ground component forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Fike)
  3. U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade return to Europe for the third time in just over half a year to support another combined exercise with 17 NATO allies and European partners.
    Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary, commanding general, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (left) and Rear Adm. Brad Skillman, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (right) conduct a commander’s update brief aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during Exercise Baltic Operations 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theodore Green)
  4. While the marine layer hanging over southern California evaporated, squadrons of aircraft formed up across the runway at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar early in the morning on June 6, 2019.
    MAG-16 Stands Ready
  5. The Marine Corps has reached another acquisition milestone decision by gaining approval for full-rate production of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar system from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition on May 23, 2019. The G/ATOR system combines five legacy radar systems into a single, modernized solution with multiple operational capabilities, providing Marines with comprehensive situational awareness of everything in the sky.
    Corps’ moving forward with full-rate production of G/ATOR system