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.
The following is the April 6, 2021 Congressional Research Service report, Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress. Read More
Seahawk USV. Leidos Image
This post has been updated to correct the builder of the Sea Hunter platform for DARPA.
A second medium-sized unmanned surface vessel prototype has delivered to the Navy, builder Leidos announced this week. Read More
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.
Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine Vladimir Monomakh (SSBN). Russian Navy Photo
Russian and Chinese threats to use nuclear weapons in Europe or across the Taiwan Strait pose “stark real-world problems” in defining deterrence as the United States modernizes its strategic forces, security experts agreed Wednesday. Read More
The following is the April 7, 2021 Congressional Research Service Insight Report, The Open Skies Treaty: Background and Issues. Read More
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
Fort Detrick officials opened the new Nallin Farm Gate to the workforce and public on April 10, 2015. US Army photo.
One sailor remains in critical condition and a second has been released from the hospital, after a third sailor shot them at a warehouse near Fort Detrick and was then killed by security officers at the Army installation. Read More
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
USS Hopper (DDG-70). US Navy Photo
The commander of a Hawaii-based guided-missile destroyer was removed from her job, the Navy announced on Wednesday. Read More