Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, right, talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, at Lincoln Financial Field prior to the Army-Navy football game on Dec. 9, 2017. US Navy photo.
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition and International Operations.
2017 saw a changeover in Navy and Defense Department leadership after the 2016 elections. Both departments had to contend with awaiting the nomination and confirmation of new leaders, beginning to implement new priorities, and trying to do so in the midst of continuing resolutions coming out of Congress that have made it more challenging to begin to shift spending patterns. Read More
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Afghanistan with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The two met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other high-level officials. Discussions focused on the NATO-Afghanistan partnership, including the ongoing NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. DOD photo.
The defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee today that the war in Afghanistan is not yet near a point of resolution but that there are “clear and achievable” goals in the near-term. Read More
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2016. US Navy Photo
The Navy has gotten creative in dealing with budget uncertainties and continuing resolutions, developing a new ship maintenance contract structure to keep 11 ship availabilities on track at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 that would otherwise face major delays due to the impending CR, the head of surface ship maintenance told USNI News. Read More
The following is a Sept. 8, 2017 letter from Secretary of Defense James Mattis to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the potential effects of a continuing resolution on the U.S. military. Read More
The following is the first message to the Department of the Navy from the 76th Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer sent on Aug. 3, 2017. 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
Secretary of the Navy nominee Richard V. Spencer on July 11, 2017. C-SPAN Image
Secretary of the Navy nominee Richard V. Spencer has cleared the Senate Armed Services Committee to have his nomination voted on by the full Senate. Read More
Secretary of the Navy nominee Richard V. Spencer. CSPAN Image
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration nominee for Secretary of the Navy easily sailed through a congenial nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More
The following is the written testimony and the answers to advance policy questions and written testimony provided by Secretary of the Navy nominee Richard V. Spencer ahead of his July 11, 2017 confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 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