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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

HASC Expands Ohio Replacement Funding Source, Hopes to Bump LX(R) Start to 2018

HASC Expands Ohio Replacement Funding Source, Hopes to Bump LX(R) Start to 2018

Essex ARG consists of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), the San Antonio-class transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23), and the Whidbey Island-class amphibious landing dock ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47) on Feb. 28, 2015. US Navy Photo

Essex ARG consists of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), the San Antonio-class transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23), and the Whidbey Island-class amphibious landing dock ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47) on Feb. 28, 2015. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants changes allowing two upcoming ship classes to get off to a smoother start – allowing for more funding opportunities for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) and accelerating the start of the LX(R) amphibious dock landing ship replacement program. Read More

HASC Pushing for Virginia Payload Module on All Block V Attack Boats

HASC Pushing for Virginia Payload Module on All Block V Attack Boats

USS Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2012. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee would have the Navy put the Virginia Payload Module (VPM) on all its Block V Virginia-class attack submarines (SSN-774), rather than only two-thirds of the fleet as the Navy is currently budgeting for. Read More

Global Guided Missile Expansion Forcing U.S. Navy to Rethink Surface Fleet Size

Global Guided Missile Expansion Forcing U.S. Navy to Rethink Surface Fleet Size

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) left,the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) on Feb. 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) left,the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) on Feb. 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

Rapid growth in the capability and quality of guided missiles — mostly Chinese in origin — is causing the U.S. Navy to rethink the number of surface ships it needs to effectively fight a high-end war. Read More

French Carrier Charles de Gaulle Bound for India After Two Months of Strikes Against ISIS

French Carrier Charles de Gaulle Bound for India After Two Months of Strikes Against ISIS

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), left, and the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transit the Northern Arabian Gulf on March 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), left, and the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transit the Northern Arabian Gulf on March 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

French carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) has left the Persian Gulf after about two months of strike operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) militants, according to local press reports. Read More

NAVSEA Details At Sea 2016 Railgun Test on JHSV Trenton

NAVSEA Details At Sea 2016 Railgun Test on JHSV Trenton

An artist rendering shows the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun installed aboard the joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV- 3). US Navy Image

An artist rendering shows the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun installed aboard the joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV- 3). US Navy Image

Next year Naval Sea Systems Command will conduct the first at sea test of its electromagnetic railgun, hurling a guided 44 pound projectile and hypersonic speeds off the coast of Florida, NAVSEA officials said on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Pitching Congress on Expanding Sailor Career Intermissions Ahead of Wider Personnel Reforms

Navy Pitching Congress on Expanding Sailor Career Intermissions Ahead of Wider Personnel Reforms

Sailors stand in formation during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2006. US Navy Photo

Sailors stand in formation during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in 2006. US Navy Photo

The Navy is asking Congress to expand a pilot service sabbatical program ahead of a broader slate of internal personnel reforms Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is expected to announce next month. Read More