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USMC Commandant Neller: Marines Made Cuts In FY2017 JLTV Buy To Save ACV, G/ATOR

USMC Commandant Neller: Marines Made Cuts In FY2017 JLTV Buy To Save ACV, G/ATOR

Oshkosh Defense L-ATV which won the competition for the JLTV for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Oshkosh Photo

Oshkosh Defense L-ATV which won the competition for the JLTV for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Oshkosh Photo

The Marine Corps used its limited funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to protect the Amphibious Combat Vehicle and the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar acquisition programs, taking cuts instead in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program that was already going to be somewhat delayed by a protest over the contract award, the head of the service told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

FY 2017 Navy Budget Adds 3 More Aegis Combat System Modernizations Over Next 5 Years

FY 2017 Navy Budget Adds 3 More Aegis Combat System Modernizations Over Next 5 Years

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transits waters near Guam on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transits waters near Guam on Jan. 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

Ten guided missile destroyers will be fully upgraded to Navy’s top-of-the-line Aegis combat system over the next five years — three more than last year’s plan, according to an unclassified fielding profile seen by USNI News this week. Read More

Unmanned CBARS Tanker Air Segment Draft RFP Expected Later This Year

Unmanned CBARS Tanker Air Segment Draft RFP Expected Later This Year

An artist’s conception of Boeing’s UCLASS offering taken as part of the company’s display at the U.S. Navy League 2015 Sea Air Space Exposition. US Naval Institute Photo

An artist’s conception of Boeing’s UCLASS offering taken as part of the company’s display at the U.S. Navy League 2015 Sea Air Space Exposition. US Naval Institute Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Naval Air Systems Command is set to release a new draft request for proposal for its unmanned aerial refueling tanker to industry later this year, USNI News has learned. Read More

Pentagon: $11B In Modernization Cut From FY2017 Request To Comply With Budget Agreement

Pentagon: $11B In Modernization Cut From FY2017 Request To Comply With Budget Agreement

Among the last-minute cuts made in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request were four service life extension programs for LCACs, above, and 77 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to replace the Humvee, also above. US Navy photo.

Among the last-minute cuts made in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request were four service life extension programs for LCACs, above, and 77 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to replace the Humvee, also above. US Navy photo.

The Defense Department made cuts from several big acquisition programs out of necessity, with a pair of decisions affecting the Pentagon’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request coming in the months and weeks before the request was due, the DoD comptroller told reporters on Tuesday. Read More

Atlantic Council Panel: China Likely Doesn’t Have the Ability to Invade Taiwan, Yet

Atlantic Council Panel: China Likely Doesn’t Have the Ability to Invade Taiwan, Yet

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys what appear to be several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys what appear to be several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

When viewed from the Chinese mainland, a hundred miles of water is a long way away and remains a big obstacle if Beijing intends to take military action anytime soon against Taiwan following the island’s election of a new president and a legislature controlled by pro-independence parties, an international security expert said Tuesday. Read More

National Intelligence Director Clapper: ISIS ‘Most Significant’ Non-State Threat to U.S., Allies

National Intelligence Director Clapper: ISIS ‘Most Significant’ Non-State Threat to U.S., Allies

DIA Director James Clapper and Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart on Feb. 9, 2016 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. C-SPAN Image

National Intelligence director James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart on Feb. 9, 2016 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. C-SPAN Image

The “most significant” threat to the United States and its allies from a non-state actor remains the Islamic State, the U.S. National Intelligence director told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, citing its continued successful recruitment of foreign fighters and establishment of affiliates in places such as Libya. Read More

FY 2017 Budget: Tight Navy Budget in Line With Pentagon Drive for High End Warfighting Power But Brings Increased Risk

FY 2017 Budget: Tight Navy Budget in Line With Pentagon Drive for High End Warfighting Power But Brings Increased Risk

Sailors man the phone and distance line aboard the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57) on Nov. 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

Sailors man the phone and distance line aboard the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57) on Nov. 7, 2014. US Navy Photo

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PENTAGON — The Department of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2017 lower-than-expected budget submission follows closely with an overall Department of Defense drive to build higher end warfighting capabilities — but at a cost, according to budget documents released on Tuesday. Read More

FY 2017 Budget: Navy Asks Congressional Permisson to Shutter Carrier Air Wing

FY 2017 Budget: Navy Asks Congressional Permisson to Shutter Carrier Air Wing

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 fill the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to full capacity for the first time in more than three months, in March 2008. US Navy photo.

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 fill the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to full capacity for the first time in more than three months, in March 2008. US Navy photo.

The Navy will ask Congress for permission to deactivate a carrier air wing, which will save money and boost readiness in other air wings. Read More

FY 2017 Budget: Navy Wants to Modernize Last 7 Cruisers Instead of Following 2/4/6 Directive from Congress

FY 2017 Budget: Navy Wants to Modernize Last 7 Cruisers Instead of Following 2/4/6 Directive from Congress

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.

The Navy revived its cruiser phased modernization plan in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, asking Congress to let the sea service put the remaining seven un-modernized ships into maintenance now instead of following Congress’s two-a-year directive.

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