Category Archives: Budget Industry

Panel: Military Needs More Electrical Power to Counter Long-Range Missile Threats

Panel: Military Needs More Electrical Power to Counter Long-Range Missile Threats

Chinese Type 022 Houbei-class Fast Attack Missile Craft firing missiles. People’s Liberation Army Navy Photo

The Pentagon finds itself in the “shocking and eye-opening” position of needing more electrical power to protect distributed naval and ground forces from long-range attack at a time when China dominates the global production of advanced batteries needed to meet that mission, a panel of security experts said Thursday. Read More

New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption

New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption

Hospitalman Christopher Ramirez, right, from Kimberly, Idaho, assigned to PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) medical department, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Cmdr. George Stegeman, Kennedy’s psychological officer, during USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) joint vaccination evolution with Kennedy in Ford’s aft weapons handing area, Sept. 30, 2021. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated with additional information about the Navy vaccine mandate.

All active-duty Navy personnel must be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to a Navy administrative message released Wednesday. Read More

Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes

Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes

The former USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) gets underway from its homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan in 2004. US Navy Photo

When James Melka first approached USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), he had no idea the size of the aircraft carrier.

As the 17-year-old walked toward the pier in 1965, he could see the big gray ship, growing larger as he approached. It was “amazing” to walk onto the ship, then just four years into its service life, via its gangplank, Melka recalled. Read More

Annapolis Couple Charged with Selling Submarine Secrets Appear in Court, Detention Hearings Scheduled for Friday

Annapolis Couple Charged with Selling Submarine Secrets Appear in Court, Detention Hearings Scheduled for Friday

Submarine construction continues apace in the latest US Navy budget request, which asks for two more Virginia-class submarines and another installment for the missile sub Columbia. Here, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Montana (SSN-794) is seen just after launch in March 2021 at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

The initial hearings for an Annapolis, Md., couple charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act each lasted four minutes, with the couple released into the custody of U.S. Marshals until a detention hearing later this week. Read More

Assessment of Damaged Attack Boat USS Connecticut Begins in Guam

Assessment of Damaged Attack Boat USS Connecticut Begins in Guam

Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) in 2009. US Navy Photo

The U.S. nuclear attack boat that hit an underwater object in the South China Sea on Oct. 2 is now in Guam undergoing an assessment and preliminary repairs in the midst of two investigations into the incident, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Sunday. Read More

FBI Arrests Navy Nuclear Engineer, Wife Accused of Selling Submarine Secrets

FBI Arrests Navy Nuclear Engineer, Wife Accused of Selling Submarine Secrets

USS Vermont (SSN 792) makes her way up the Thames River and past the City of New London as she returns home after conducting routine operations to Submarine Base New London on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, while a brief snow squall passes through the Groton New London area. The nineteenth and newest Virginia-class submarine she is the third U.S. Navy ship to be named for the Green Mountain State. (U.S. Navy Photo by John Narewski/Released)

An Annapolis, Md., couple with U.S. Navy ties were arrested Saturday and charged with espionage-related charges after passing classified documents to FBI agents posing as members of an unspecified country, according to unsealed court documents. Read More