THE PENTAGON – A new study directed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense led to the halt in amphibious ship procurement so the Navy can evaluate requirements and cost efficiencies, a Navy official said Monday. Read More
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Reagan Strike Group Operating with Japanese, Canadian Warships in Western Pacific
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and amphibious warship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) this week operated in the Philippine Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Royal Canadian Navy for a joint exercise, U.S. 7th Fleet announced.
U.S. Carrier Reagan to Visit Busan, Drill with South Korean Navy as Tensions with North Korea Increase
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will arrive in South Korea on Friday in preparation for large-scale joint naval exercises with Seoul amid concerns mount over North Korea’s likely resumption of nuclear weapons testing, according to local reports. Read More
Pentagon Wants Delay in Draining Red Hill in Interest of National Security, DoD Leaders Say
The Pentagon wants more time to weigh its options before it complies with an order from the Hawaii state government to drain the fuel out of a strategically important resupply hub at Red Hill, department officials said this week. Read More
Biden Administration Should Make Guam’s Defense Center of Indo-Pacific Strategy, Expert Says
The defense of Guam should be the centerpiece of the Biden administration’s focus on countering threats from China in the Indo-Pacific, an expert on missile defense said Wednesday. Read More
Department of Defense Updated COVID-19 Mask Guidelines
The following is the July 28, 2021 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks updating the guidelines from the Department of Defense on wearing masks. Read More
Hicks: DoD Budget Designed to Deter Chinese Aggression; Pentagon Issues New China Policy Directive
This post has been updated to clarify comments from Kathleen Hicks.
The Pentagon drew up its $715 billion budget request with a clear-eyed approach on how to “deter military aggression” when it comes to China, the Defense Department’s number two civilian said on Tuesday. Read More
Dual Letters From Congress Signal Hill Headed for Defense Spending Showdown
A debate between lawmakers over defense spending is brewing, as a group of progressive House members push for cuts to the defense budget while others argue for a boost to shipbuilding. Read More
Berger Reaffirms Commitment to Force Design 2030 Overhaul In Memo to New SECDEF
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger is emphasizing his commitment to the service’s force design initiative in a recent memo to the new defense secretary, USNI News has learned. Read More
Pentagon Conducting ‘Relook’ of FY-22 Budget; Directive Targets Shipbuilding
This story has been updated to include a statement from a Pentagon spokesperson.
The Pentagon is performing a “budget relook” of the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 proposal, with Navy shipbuilding topping the list of items for reassessment, USNI News has learned. Read More