Submarine construction continues apace in the latest US Navy budget request, which asks for two more Virginia-class submarines and another installment for the missile sub Columbia. Here, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Montana (SSN-794) is seen just after launch in March 2021 at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. HII Photo
This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2021. Read More
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on July 7 for an Extended Carrier Incremental Availability. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.).
The Pentagon is again considering a reduction in aircraft carrier force structure as part of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 budget submission to Congress, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Read More
Ellen Lord and Richard V. Spencer
The Senate has confirmed the Trump administration nominees for the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer and the Secretary of the Navy, according to a statement from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Read More
Ellen Lord, CEO of Textron Systems and Patrick Shanahan Senior Vice President,
Supply Chain & Operations, The Boeing Company. USNI News Image
Two prominent defense business executives have taken steps to move from their industry roles to vacant senior Pentagon positions. Read More
Patrick (Pat) Shanahan. Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations, The Boeing Company. Boeing photo.
President Donald Trump announced his intention to make six nominations for key Pentagon offices, including the deputy secretary of defense and the director of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office. Read More