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, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition, International Operations and New Administration.
Russian submarine Severodvinsk
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military is losing its technological edge, in part because Russian cyber forces have penetrated the defense industry and are stealing information, former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman said on Wednesday. Read More
Financier Philip M. Bilden was elected to the board of directors of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the shipbuilder with $7 billion in sales last year. Read More
The following is the Office of the Secretary of Defense Sept. 14, 2017 memorandum, Military Service by Transgender individuals – Interim Guidance. Read More
House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) traveled to Europe in mid-April with several members of Congress to visit troops stationed overseas and to meet with our allies in the region. Among other stops, he met with Maj. Gen. Niel Nelson, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, right. Photo courtesy Thornberry’s official Facebook page.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Expect Congress to consider reversing the nearly five-year policy of limiting Department of Defense spending, and either amend or repeal the 2011 Budget Control Act soon, the chair of the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday. 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
On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump announced via his Twitter account he would not support transgender troops in the U.S. military. Read More
Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.
While Southeast Asian nations take comfort from the Trump administration’s stated interest in the region, a Singapore-based international security expert said they still remain wary of the president turning their territorial disputes with China as a bargaining chip to pressure Beijing to rein in North Korea. 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