Ben Werner

About Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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Lockheed Martin Says New F-35 Supplier Contracts Will Reduce Aircraft Costs

Lockheed Martin Says New F-35 Supplier Contracts Will Reduce Aircraft Costs

An F-35C Lightning II fighter jet, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, flies in formation for a photo exercise in Lemoore, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter lead-contractor Lockheed Martin reconfigured a host of its contracts with its suppliers to lower the aircraft price tag, improve readiness and control ongoing maintenance costs.

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Textron Catching Up with Existing Ship-to-Shore Funding Ahead of Additional Navy Budget Requests

Textron Catching Up with Existing Ship-to-Shore Funding Ahead of Additional Navy Budget Requests

LCAC 100, Textron’s first-in-class Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), conducts its first on-water test outside of the company’s facility in Louisiana on April 10, 2018. Textron photo.

Before the Navy requests more money for Textron’s Ship-to-Shore Connector, company executives say they need to firm up contracts for the funds already earmarked for the program.

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Sailors Join New Ready, Relevant Training Pilot Program

Sailors Join New Ready, Relevant Training Pilot Program

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Ashley Decko stands watch in the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), operating in the Indo-Pacific region. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of sailors have entered a new enlisted education program that could reshape Navy training, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said Tuesday.

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SECNAV Proposes Fifth Assistant Navy Secretary To Run Cybersecurity

SECNAV Proposes Fifth Assistant Navy Secretary To Run Cybersecurity

Sailors stand watch in the Fleet Operations Center at the headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet.

Ensuring the cybersecurity of the Navy’s industrial base and overseeing the service’s offensive and defensive cyber capabilities will become the responsibility of a proposed fifth assistant secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer told lawmakers on Tuesday. Read More

GAO Says Columbia Submarine Risks Running Over Budget Due to Immature Technology

GAO Says Columbia Submarine Risks Running Over Budget Due to Immature Technology

An undated artist’s rendering of the planned Columbia-class submarine. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

The Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, the Navy’s top acquisition priority, is at risk of running over its $115-billion construction budget because the service underestimated labor costs and overestimated the savings associated with awarding a multi-year contract, according to a General Accountability Office report released Monday. Read More