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Work: U.S. at Risk of Losing Military Technology Edge to China in Two Years

Work: U.S. at Risk of Losing Military Technology Edge to China in Two Years

China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier leaves the pier at the Dalian shipyard on May 13, 2018. Xinhua Photo

The United States will lose its military technological superiority to China in two years if it does not put its $700 billion defense budget into areas that really matter, like artificial intelligence, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former deputy secretary of defense warned on Thursday. Read More

Navy May Reduce LCS-2 Drydocking Requirements as Drydock Shortage Looms

Navy May Reduce LCS-2 Drydocking Requirements as Drydock Shortage Looms

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) enters dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at BAE Systems Ship Repair facility. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy may not continue to put its Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships into the drydock every time they go into planned maintenance, as one way of dealing with a looming shortfall in drydock availability and private sector maintenance capacity. Read More

Navy Could Extend Life of Amphibs to 50 Years,  LCS for 35, If Navy Invests in their Upkeep

Navy Could Extend Life of Amphibs to 50 Years, LCS for 35, If Navy Invests in their Upkeep

The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), foreground, the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), middle, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) transit the Pacific Ocean during Dawn Blitz 2017. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy could keep its amphibious ships in service for more than 50 years and its Littoral Combat Ships for up to 35 years, as the service looks for ways to increase the size of the fleet in the nearer term by extending the life of today’s ships, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More

NAVSEA: Navy Ships Using 23 Different Steering Control Systems; Simpler Systems Needed

NAVSEA: Navy Ships Using 23 Different Steering Control Systems; Simpler Systems Needed

Seaman Jonathon Espinozalopez, left, and Seaman Jeffrey Boekeloo, right, drive the ship from the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as it departs Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When watchstanders on USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) lost control of the ship’s steering and collided with a merchant ship last summer, they were using one of 23 steering control systems found in the fleet today, and not one that they were trained to use. Read More

SECNAV Spencer Censures Retired Admiral, 2 Other Officers in Ongoing ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

SECNAV Spencer Censures Retired Admiral, 2 Other Officers in Ongoing ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

Undated photo of Leonard Francis

This post has been updated to include the letters of censure for Wren, Conroy and Johnson.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has issued letters of censure to a retired admiral and two other senior officers who the service says accepted gifts and had an inappropriate relationship with Leonard ‘Fat Leonard’ Francis and the Glenn Defense Marine Asia company, USNI News has learned. Read More

Nominee to Lead U.S., Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Won’t Talk Timelines

Nominee to Lead U.S., Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Won’t Talk Timelines

Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 19, 2018. DoD Photo

The nominee to lead American and coalition forces in Afghanistan said the key to safely withdrawing U.S. and coalition troops lie in reaching a political solution among the disparate parties and not simply disrupting Taliban operations or hunting down terrorist groups like the Islamic State, al Qaeda or the Haqqani Network. Read More

Marines Pick BAE to Build Amphibious Combat Vehicle; Contract Worth Up to $1.2B

Marines Pick BAE to Build Amphibious Combat Vehicle; Contract Worth Up to $1.2B

BAE Systems and Iveco Defense partnered to create this entrant for the Marines ACV 1.1 competition. Photo courtesy BAE Systems.

After years of stops and starts, the Marine Corps has selected BAE Systems to build the service’s next generation of armored amphibious vehicles designed to protect Marines in transit from sea to shore, the service announced late Tuesday afternoon. Read More

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Authorization Bill

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Authorization Bill

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, before hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., June 13, 2017. DoD Photo

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 defense authorization bill, setting the stage for negotiations with members of the House of Representatives to create a unified set of policy and spending priorities to approve later this year.

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Navy Will Release New 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan with Annual Shipbuilding Report

Navy Will Release New 30-Year Ship Repair, Modernization Plan with Annual Shipbuilding Report

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) being placed into the dry-dock on May 1, 2018. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy will release a 30-year ship repair and modernization plan alongside its 30-year shipbuilding plan next spring, to help the maintenance industry plan its workforce and infrastructure investments with the same confidence that yards on the new-construction side can, the Navy’s acquisition chief said today. Read More