Category Archives: U.S. Navy

Lawmakers Question Utility of Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review

Lawmakers Question Utility of Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review

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Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014. DOD Photo

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014. DOD Photo

Signaling a possible attempt to change the law requiring a periodic review to Capitol Hill of the Defense Department’s long-term measurement of risk this session, the two senior Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee expressed skepticism over continuing the Quadrennial Defense Review process at a Thursday hearing. They did not detail what or how they would replace it. Read More

Navy: Decision to Pull Unfunded Carrier Refueling Request was CNO’s Choice

Navy: Decision to Pull Unfunded Carrier Refueling Request was CNO’s Choice

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy decided to cut an unfunded request to Congress to start purchasing long lead items for the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) to better align with budget planning over the next five years, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert wrote in a March, 31 letter addressed to Congress and obtained by USNI News.

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Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the April, 1 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service, Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air and Missile Defense. Read More

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

Marines Prepare for Smaller Force Due to Budget Woes

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An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps is preparing for its new normal with a force of 175,000, that plans to operate under the constraints of sequestration, the assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told a key Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. Read More

Cost Will Drive UCLASS Designs

Cost Will Drive UCLASS Designs

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X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

Cost will likely be the biggest design driver for the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft when the service issues its draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the program—which could be as early as Friday —according to industry sources. Read More

Updated: Navy Unfunded Request for Carrier Refueling Removed

Updated: Navy Unfunded Request for Carrier Refueling Removed

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored pier side in Yokosuka, Japan on Feb. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The headline and post have been updated to reflect comments from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A $796 million line item that would go toward the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) was removed from the Navy’s unfunded requirements list, several sources confirmed to USNI News.

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UCLASS Could Be Used as Tanker for Carrier Air Wing

UCLASS Could Be Used as Tanker for Carrier Air Wing

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is considering using its forthcoming Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft as an aerial refueling tanker to free up its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for more strike missions, several sources told USNI News. Read More