Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DoD Photo
The following is the first message new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave to Pentagon workers as he assumed the role on Wednesday.
Earlier today I was privileged to take the oath of office to become the 24th Secretary of Defense. I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity that President Obama and the Congress have given me to once again serve our nation. Read More
An artist rendering of the Zumwalt class destroyer DDG 1000. US Navy Illustration
This Feb. 14 report from the Congressional Research Service details developments in the Arleigh Burke and Zumwalt destroyer classes as background information for Congress.
Navy Staff director Vice Admiral Rick Hunt’s letter to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert on the progress of the LCS council. Read More
A Feb. 19, 2013 brief from CNO Admiral Jonathan Greenert on the planned U.S. Navy civilians furloughs in the event of sequestration. Read More
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s Feb. 20 memo to Pentagon civillian employees. Read More
The Navy released new budget guidance in the event of a Fiscal Year 2013-long Continuing Resolution and a March sequester. Read More
For years, the U.S. Navy has said it needs 313 ships to undertake all of the missions it needs to perform its part of the national security strategy. In this January report to Congress, the service has stepped back the number to 306.
The Navy’s specific plan on sequestration actions to include:
-Canceling depot maintenance for aviation assets.
-Eliminating 20 maintenance availabilities for ships in San Diego and Norfolk.
From the Document: The Capstone Concept for Joint Operation (CCJO) describes potential operational concepts through which the Joint Force of 2020 will defend the nation against a wide range of security challenges.
Memo From the Department of the Navy comptroller that outlines the impact sequestration will have on DoN programs.
The DoN is planning for a nine percent reduction in on applicable accounts.
The document includes a hand written note from Rear Adm. Joseph P. Mulloy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, that reads, “I know this is hard work but it must be done accurately and quickly!”