Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More
The chief of the Navy Reserve told a key Senate subcommittee that she is “only able to accept 25 percent of applications from separating [active] sailors” because of high retention rates in her command, but also that the reserve has had some trouble filling reserve billets for unrestricted line officers and medical professionals. Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The California shipyard the U.S. Navy relies on to build its auxiliary ships and some potential future amphibious warships is “one contract away,” from “peril,” the Navy’s top shipbuilder told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Read More
Those still searching for their moral compass after being confronted by the repulsive facts in the Senate’s report on torture should take a cue from the one man in Washington who actually knows what it is like to be beaten, humiliated, starved, and isolated — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Read More
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill from Congress includes $1.46 billion for 15 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and $1 billion to start work on a 12th San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship, according to a summary of the bill released late Tuesday. Read More
Barack Obama nominated former deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to lead the Pentagon, during a Friday nomination ceremony in the White House. Read More
This post has been updated to amend the amount the compromise 2015 NDAA included for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. House and Senate staffers yesterday said the amount was $350 million. The final number for the aircraft in the bill reported out Wednesday morning was $450 million.
The compromise 2015 defense bill between the House and the Senate will allow the Navy to move ahead with putting two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in mothballs but stops short of endorsing the service’s plan to layup half of the cruiser force, according to a Tuesday background briefing to reporters from House and Senate staffers. Read More
The deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command will temporarily take reins of the organization on Friday following the cancelation of a planned change of command next week, Navy officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
The Senate vote of 78-22 to approve a temporary spending bill that included money to support training of vetted Syrian opposition groups to fight Islamist fundamentalists drew praise from President Barack Obama late Thursday. Read More
The Senate will hold confirmation hearings for several four-star jobs on July 10 for positions including the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan and the next head of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced on Thursday.