Pentagon Conducting ‘Relook’ of FY-22 Budget; Directive Targets Shipbuilding

Pentagon Conducting ‘Relook’ of FY-22 Budget; Directive Targets Shipbuilding

In this aerial photograph, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) sits at Pier 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding division. The ship is approximately 76 percent complete and is progressing through final outfitting and testing. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.

The Pentagon is performing a “budget relook” of the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 proposal, with Navy shipbuilding topping the list of items for reassessment, USNI News has learned. Read More

Fifth Active-Duty Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Fifth Active-Duty Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Master-at-Arms Justin Wilson plays ‘Taps” during a burial at sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct that the most recent Navy COVID-19 update is from Feb. 17, not Feb. 18.

A Navy sailor in Virginia died this week from complications connected to COVID-19, the service announced on Tuesday. Read More

Leidos Moves to Buy Gibbs & Cox in $380M Deal

Leidos Moves to Buy Gibbs & Cox in $380M Deal

The Sea Hunter, a Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV). US Navy Photo

Defense contractor Leidos is making a bid to buy the almost hundred-year-old ship design firm Gibbs & Cox in a $380 million deal, the company announced in a Tuesday earnings call. Read More

U.S. Holds Slim Edge over China in Artificial Intelligence, Former Google Chairman Says

U.S. Holds Slim Edge over China in Artificial Intelligence, Former Google Chairman Says

Eric Schmidt, technical advisor to the board of Alphabet Inc., which is the parent company of Google, speaks at a public meeting of the Defense Innovation Board in Austin, Texas March 5, 2020. DoD Photo

The chairman of a special commission on artificial intelligence warned Congress the United States is only one to two years ahead of China in developing artificial intelligence, as Beijing remains “relentlessly focused” on achieving dominance across the broad spectrum of high technologies. Read More

NATO Anti-Sub Exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 Will Include French Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Attack Boat

NATO Anti-Sub Exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 Will Include French Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Attack Boat

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Touloun, France. French Navy Photo

NATO kicked off its annual Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise today in the Mediterranean, with this year’s iteration including an American nuclear-powered attack sub and the French carrier strike group as it passes by the exercise’s operating area off Sicily. Read More