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
The following is a statement from Department of Defense Spokesman George Little. The Pentagon released the statement after former Nebraska Senator Chick Hagel was confirmed by the Senate as the Secretary of Defense on Tuesday. Read More
Super lift on CVN78 Gerald R. Ford. U.S. Navy Photo
Impending U.S. Navy budget cuts will create a “fundamentally different navy” that is less able to preform its missions, retired Adm. Gary Roughead, the former Chief of Naval Operations, told the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee on Tuesday. Read More
Ray Mabus meets with sailors in South Korea on Feb. 19. US Navy Photo
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus called the mandatory defense sequestration cuts a “bad idea,” on CNN’s Starting Point on Tuesday. Read More
A US Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, approached a suspected pirate after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by pirates in 2011. US Navy Photo
After a six-year low, Somalia-based piracy is likely to grow if international military budget reductions force a reduction in ships patrolling in and around the Gulf of Aden, an international piracy expert told USNI News in a Monday briefing. Read More
The majority of American voters say cutting national debt should come more at the expense of military spending not less from social programs, according to a poll from The Hill released on Monday. 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.
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs San Diego harbor to conduct operations off the coast of Southern California in October. US Navy Photo
The Director of U.S. Navy Staff is recommending to service leadership to extend the life of the council of admirals appointed to oversee the development of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, he said in a letter obtained by USNI News on Friday. Read More
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
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to local media after an all hands call at the Naval Postgraduate School in February. US Navy Photo
In the event of sequestration, U.S. Navy civilians could face a loss 22 days of their income for Fiscal Year 2013, according to briefing slides from the service.
“Virtually all,” Navy civilians face a furlough if the automatic budget cuts go into effect beginning in late April for “virtually all employees,” according to the slides. Read More