Biden Administration Seeks $715B Pentagon Budget; Calls for Investment in SSN(X), Shedding Legacy Platforms

Biden Administration Seeks $715B Pentagon Budget; Calls for Investment in SSN(X), Shedding Legacy Platforms

This post has been updated to include a statement from Republican senators about the Biden administration’s request and comments from Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

The Biden administration is requesting a $715 billion budget for the Pentagon, keeping defense spending largely flat when adjusting for inflation, the White House announced today.
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Navy Has Given 35% of Active-Duty Sailors COVID-19 Vaccines

Navy Has Given 35% of Active-Duty Sailors COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emily Pierce, left, from Bremerton, Washington, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Information Systems Technician 1st Class Correy Bushman, from Rochester, Minnesota, assigned to the John C. Stennis, during a Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic led vaccination effort in conjunction with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to clarify that 35% of active-duty sailors have been fully vaccinated.

Approximately 35 percent of the Navy’s active-duty sailors are fully immunized against COVID-19, according to a service official.
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Navy Recruiting Could See Changes Following Diversity Listening Sessions

Navy Recruiting Could See Changes Following Diversity Listening Sessions

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Sarah Minnick, a recruit division commander, marches alongside her recruit division at Recruit Training Command. More than 40,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp on March 9, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy is considering changes to how it recruits sailors – including offering its aptitude test in another language – after receiving feedback from the fleet. Read More

Navy Installing More Directed Energy Weapons on DDGs, Conducting Land-Based Laser Testing This Year

Navy Installing More Directed Energy Weapons on DDGs, Conducting Land-Based Laser Testing This Year

Artist’s concept of a HELIOS laser system aboard a U.S. destroyer. Lockheed Martin Image

RIVERDALE, Md. – The Navy continues to learn more about a pair of directed energy weapons, as the service installs the fourth and fifth dazzler system this year and begins land-based testing of a high-energy laser weapon, the program executive officer for integrated warfare systems told USNI News. Read More