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Top Stories 2017: New Administration

Top Stories 2017: New Administration

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 AcquisitionInternational AcquisitionNavy OperationsMarine Corps OperationsMarine 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

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

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

Navy Using 'Legally Creative' Contract Structure to Keep Ship Availabilities On Track Despite Continuing Resolutions

Navy Using ‘Legally Creative’ Contract Structure to Keep Ship Availabilities On Track Despite Continuing Resolutions

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