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From Ensign to Commander-in-Chief: A Look at the Presidents Who Served in the U.S. Navy Reserve

From Ensign to Commander-in-Chief: A Look at the Presidents Who Served in the U.S. Navy Reserve

Every president may be the commander-in-chief, but not all have military experience to inform that responsibility. Even fewer have served in the Navy – only six. (Two more, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, served as assistant secretary of the Navy.) Those six presidents – six out of seven presidents in a row, after a long history of White House executives with exclusively Army and militia backgrounds – spent time in the U.S. Navy Reserve performing a variety of missions. In honor of the U.S. Navy Reserve’s centennial celebration, here is a look at America’s seafaring presidents. Read More

Essay: U.S. Should Consider Establishing a South China Sea International Operations Center in Indonesia

Essay: U.S. Should Consider Establishing a South China Sea International Operations Center in Indonesia

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Cmdr. Kazutaka Sugimoto on Feb. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Cmdr. Kazutaka Sugimoto on Feb. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

The incoming U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) commander, Adm. Harry B. Harris, testified before Congress late last year that “China’s rise as a regional military and global economic power, and in particular, its rapid military modernization and assertive behavior toward regional neighbors present opportunities and challenges that must be managed effectively. This is our most enduring challenge.” Read More

Meet the Navy, USMC Veterans on the House Armed Services Committee

Meet the Navy, USMC Veterans on the House Armed Services Committee

As the House Armed Services Committee begins its work on the defense authorization bill this year, one in six committee members will have a head start understanding some of the complex issues facing the Navy – 10 of the 63 members served in the Navy or Marine Corps. This first-hand knowledge will prove helpful in figuring out how to balance the military’s needs with the tight budgets they’re given to work with. Read More

Pentagon to Congress: ISIS is on the Defensive

Pentagon to Congress: ISIS is on the Defensive

U.S. Central Command Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III on Oct. 17, 2014. Defense Department Photo

U.S. Central Command Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III on Oct. 17, 2014. Defense Department Photo

To “pivot away from the Middle East is naïve at best,” the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) said as he opened a hearing on developments in the Central Command area of responsibility and the president’s request for a congressional authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). Read More

Navy Again Reduces Scope of Destroyer Modernization, 5 Ships Won’t Receive Any Ballistic Missile Defense Upgrades

Navy Again Reduces Scope of Destroyer Modernization, 5 Ships Won’t Receive Any Ballistic Missile Defense Upgrades

USS Chafee (DDG-90) on 2014. Chafee is one of five Arleigh Burke destroyers that won't receive a ballistic missile defense (BMD) upgrade do to a reduction of funding as part of the Navy's FY 2016 budget request. US Navy Photo

USS Chafee (DDG-90) on 2014. Chafee is one of five Arleigh Burke destroyers that won’t receive a ballistic missile defense (BMD) upgrade due to a reduction of funding as part of the Navy’s FY 2016 budget request. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated from an earlier version to include a statement from Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) — chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee.

Five Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) will forgo a combat system upgrade that would allow the ships to fight ballistic missile threats as part of a reduction in modernization funding included in the Navy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that will save the service $500 million over the next five years, USNI News has learned. Read More

Navy Kicks Off Year-Long Celebration of Navy Reserve Centennial

Navy Kicks Off Year-Long Celebration of Navy Reserve Centennial

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia and Navy Reserve Force Master Chief C.J. Mitchell cut a ribbon in front of the new Centennial of the U.S. Navy Reserve display in the Pentagon on March 2, 2015. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia and Navy Reserve Force Master Chief C.J. Mitchell cut a ribbon in front of the new Centennial of the U.S. Navy Reserve display in the Pentagon on March 2, 2015. US Navy Photo

In a ceremony at the Pentagon on Monday, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun began a year-long celebration of the U.S. Navy Reserve on its centennial. Read More

Opinion: What China's Investment in Africa Means for U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Opinion: What China’s Investment in Africa Means for U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Reuters Photo via Al Jazeera

Reuters Photo via Al Jazeera

The massive influx of Chinese immigrants and investment in Africa pose significant obstacles to U.S. development and counterterrorism efforts in the region. By preying upon the vulnerabilities of Africa’s many rentier states, Chinese endeavors exacerbate existing tensions over scarce natural resources, buttress corrupt regimes, and further entrench the status quo that has proven a fertile breeding ground for Islamist extremism. Read More