Category Archives: Education Legislation

Mabus: Navy Would Sign Contracts Now if Congress Allows Cruiser Phased Modernization

Mabus: Navy Would Sign Contracts Now if Congress Allows Cruiser Phased Modernization

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) is underway during ship maneuvering exercises between Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and Croatian navy ships in February 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) is underway during ship maneuvering exercises between Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and Croatian navy ships in February 2015. US Navy photo.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus pushed back against the logic that led the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to adopt a two-year cruiser modernization schedule, saying there were ways the Navy and Congress could work together to implement the Navy’s preferred phased modernization plan while overcoming the trust issues in Congress. Read More

Delegation Calls for More Philippine Merchant Marine Officers, Help from U.S.

Delegation Calls for More Philippine Merchant Marine Officers, Help from U.S.

An undated photo pf President of the The Philippines Benigno Aquino visiting a bridge simulator at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

An undated photo pf President of the The Philippines Benigno Aquino visiting a bridge simulator at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was preparing to speak before a joint session of Congress on expanding trade in the Pacific, a delegation of legislators and businessmen from the Philippine maritime industry were meeting with transportation officials and would later meet with their American counterparts to find means to better educate their ratings and put more officers aboard the world’s merchant fleet. Read More

HASC Recommends Cutting G/ATOR Budget; Marines Say Program is on Track

HASC Recommends Cutting G/ATOR Budget; Marines Say Program is on Track

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee recommends cutting $40 million from the Marine Corps’ budget for its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program for what the committee calls programmatic delays, but the Marine Corps insists it is still on track despite a change in its testing program. Read More

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

The chief of the Navy Reserve told a key Senate subcommittee that she is “only able to accept 25 percent of applications from separating [active] sailors” because of high retention rates in her command, but also that the reserve has had some trouble filling reserve billets for unrestricted line officers and medical professionals. Read More

Report: Supporting Syrian Nationalist Opposition Key in Fight Against Extremists

Report: Supporting Syrian Nationalist Opposition Key in Fight Against Extremists

“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council

“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council

Supporting the Nationalist Opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is critical to countering the Islamic extremist threat undermining the stability of the region, the author of a new report from the Atlantic Council said Tuesday. Read More

HASC Mark Adds $120 Million for 3 Destroyer Combat System Upgrades, Money for Missiles

HASC Mark Adds $120 Million for 3 Destroyer Combat System Upgrades, Money for Missiles

Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) underway on April 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) underway on April 18, 2015. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services Committee added $120 million to pay for a total of three Aegis combat system upgrades to the Navy’s Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) as part of the chairman’s mark for the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Read More

House Armed Services Subcommittee Roundups: Week 1 Summary

House Armed Services Subcommittee Roundups: Week 1 Summary

The House Armed Services Committee released portions of its annual defense bill this week in preparation for the full committee markup on April 29.

Several important policy changes and oversight issues have already been raised, with plenty more to come next week. Here are some of the highlights from the subcommittees: Read More