Category Archives: Education Legislation

Readiness Lapses that Led to McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions Were Years in the Making

Readiness Lapses that Led to McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions Were Years in the Making

USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) departs Naval Station Rota, Spain on Oct. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

Two of the world’s most sophisticated warships collided with merchant ships this year in preventable incidents that killed 17 American sailors. While those inside and out of the Navy are demanding answers to what caused the failures, the root causes are many and the fixes are far from easy. Read More

Navy Recruiting Could be Hurt if Popular School Loan Forgiveness Program is Canceled

Navy Recruiting Could be Hurt if Popular School Loan Forgiveness Program is Canceled

Capt. Anthony Roach, executive officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26), addresses a group of Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) midshipmen. US Navy Photo

A federal program encouraging public service by paying-off federal school loan balances is poised to be canceled, potentially leaving thousands of active-duty officers with mountains of debt they expected to be forgiven. Read More

U.S. Navy Won’t Upgrade USS Fitzgerald to Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System

U.S. Navy Won’t Upgrade USS Fitzgerald to Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel. US Navy Photo

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) won’t be upgraded to the latest version of the Aegis Combat System when it completes its repairs following a collision with a merchant ship off of Japan, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More

Top Navy Procurement Programs Facing Slow Start In FY 2018 Due to Continuing Resolution

Top Navy Procurement Programs Facing Slow Start In FY 2018 Due to Continuing Resolution

A crane moves the lower stern into place on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. on June 22, 2017. HII Photo

The Navy is unable to start or ramp up a range of major programs under a continuing resolution, and Pentagon officials are urging the quick passage of a full FY 2018 budget. Read More

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Afghanistan with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The two met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other high-level officials. Discussions focused on the NATO-Afghanistan partnership, including the ongoing NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. DOD photo.

The defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee today that the war in Afghanistan is not yet near a point of resolution but that there are “clear and achievable” goals in the near-term. Read More

Dunford Warns Congress Readiness, Budget Trouble Costing U.S. Military its Edge

Dunford Warns Congress Readiness, Budget Trouble Costing U.S. Military its Edge

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, waits to be seated during the Senate Armed Services Committee reconfirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate Hart Building in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2017. DoD Photo

Congressionally-imposed spending caps for training and defense modernization and a spate of accidents are challenging the military’s ability to project power to potential adversaries, said the nation’s top military leader Tuesday. Read More

Pacific Fleet Head Adm. Scott Swift Publicly Announces Request to Retire; PACOM Succession Unclear

Pacific Fleet Head Adm. Scott Swift Publicly Announces Request to Retire; PACOM Succession Unclear

Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, walks through the side boys during the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) change of command ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 11, 2017. US Navy Photo

The head of U.S. Navy forces in the Pacific has requested to retire after being informed he is not the Navy’s choice to take over U.S. Pacific Command, according to a statement provided to USNI News late Monday. Read More