Category Archives: Education Legislation

Document: GAO Report On 'Implementation and Effects' of Sequestration on the Pentagon

Document: GAO Report On ‘Implementation and Effects’ of Sequestration on the Pentagon

The following is the May 27, 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Sequestration: Documenting and Assessing Lessons Learned Would Assist DOD in Planning for Future Budget Uncertainty. The report was called for in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to review the “implementation and effects” of the FY 2013 sequestration cuts levied on the Department of Defense. Read More

Document: McCain, Reed Letter to SECDEF Carter On Chinese Actions in South China Sea

Document: McCain, Reed Letter to SECDEF Carter On Chinese Actions in South China Sea

The following is a May 21, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asking the Pentagon not to invite the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy to the international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises in 2016 due primarily to China’s extensive reclamation efforts in contested areas in the South China Sea. Read More

House Appropriators Trim Shipbuilding Programs, Fund 7 Growlers

House Appropriators Trim Shipbuilding Programs, Fund 7 Growlers

North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to $138 million in advance procurement funding as going towards the T-AO(X) fleet oiler replacement program. That funding supports the Moored Training Ship program instead. The reference has been deleted.

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee released its Fiscal Year 2016 funding bill today, making some trims to Navy shipbuilding programs but adding in funding for seven EA-18G Growlers and an Afloat Forward Staging Base. Read More

SASC Adds $1.7B to Navy Shipbuilding to Aid Ohio Replacement Funding Later On

SASC Adds $1.7B to Navy Shipbuilding to Aid Ohio Replacement Funding Later On

An undated artist's rendering of the Ohio Replacement. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

An undated artist’s rendering of the Ohio Replacement. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

The Senate Armed Services Committee poured nearly $1.7 billion into the Navy’s shipbuilding budget for Fiscal Year 2016 beyond the service’s request, in the hopes of starting to pay for later-year needs now before the Ohio Replacement Program bill hits, a committee aide told USNI News. Read More

Defense Bill Creates Path From Navy, Coast Guard to Maritime Industry Jobs

Defense Bill Creates Path From Navy, Coast Guard to Maritime Industry Jobs

An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and a rigid-hull inflatable boat from Leyte Gulf monitor the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel M/V Falcon Trader II, which had sent out a distress call reporting it had been boarded by pirates in March 2011. US Navy photo.

An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and a rigid-hull inflatable boat from Leyte Gulf monitor the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel M/V Falcon Trader II, which had sent out a distress call reporting it had been boarded by pirates in March 2011. US Navy photo.

The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act creates a simpler path from a career in the Navy or Coast Guard to a career in the commercial maritime industry, a boon to both veterans and businesses. Read More

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

The National Defense Authorization Act passed on Friday by the House of Representatives includes measures to improve the capability of U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense sites and to make it easier to sell the land-based system to allies. Read More

SASC Cuts LCS Mine Countermeasures Funding Citing Concerns About Upcoming IOT&E

SASC Cuts LCS Mine Countermeasures Funding Citing Concerns About Upcoming IOT&E

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship's mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS-2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) while testing the ship’s mine countermeasures mission package (MCM) off the southern California coast in August 2013. Austal USA photo.

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to cut funding for the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package until the program can prove it meets all requirements in its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) this summer. Read More

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The Senate Armed Services Committee — concerned with the Navy’s direction for its planned unmanned carrier aircraft program — wants the Pentagon to oversee development of two new carrier capable prototype unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and restart testing of the service’s two Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) in a combined $725 million effort, according to a summary of the SASC’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 defense authorization bill released Thursday evening. Read More