When viewed from the Chinese mainland, a hundred miles of water is a long way away and remains a big obstacle if Beijing intends to take military action anytime soon against Taiwan following the island’s election of a new president and a legislature controlled by pro-independence parties, an international security expert said Tuesday. Read More
The following are the Feb. 9, 2016 slides outlining the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of the Navy budget submission. Read More
The “most significant” threat to the United States and its allies from a non-state actor remains the Islamic State, the U.S. National Intelligence director told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, citing its continued successful recruitment of foreign fighters and establishment of affiliates in places such as Libya. Read More
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PENTAGON — The Department of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2017 lower-than-expected budget submission follows closely with an overall Department of Defense drive to build higher end warfighting capabilities — but at a cost, according to budget documents released on Tuesday. Read More
The Navy will ask Congress for permission to deactivate a carrier air wing, which will save money and boost readiness in other air wings. Read More
The Navy revived its cruiser phased modernization plan in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, asking Congress to let the sea service put the remaining seven un-modernized ships into maintenance now instead of following Congress’s two-a-year directive.
PENTAGON — Following the Sunday launch of a North Korean ballistic missile that propelled a satellite into low earth orbit, a Department of Defense spokesman confirmed the U.S. and South Korea are entering talks to deploy a new mobile ballistic missile defense (BMD) system to the peninsula. Read More
The annual Thai-U.S. Cobra Gold 2016 exercise will kick off Tuesday with lower troop totals than last year and an emphasis on non-combat training. Read More
The following is a Feb. 5, 2016 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to U.S. Navy leadership on the Littoral Combat Ship program. Read More