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Lawmakers to Focus on Ship Maintenance Funding in 2018 After 2017 Spending Plan Creates 'Shortfall'

Lawmakers to Focus on Ship Maintenance Funding in 2018 After 2017 Spending Plan Creates ‘Shortfall’

The guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrives at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on April 4, 2017, to begin a major maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. US Navy photo.

The Fiscal Year 2017 compromise spending bill has “shortfalls” in ship maintenance funding, but the House Armed Services Committee will look to increase funding for maintenance and modernization availabilities in 2018, two top committee members said today. Read More

Opinion: Navy Build Up Needs Comprehensive Approach

Opinion: Navy Build Up Needs Comprehensive Approach

The Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) is rolled out of an indoor shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. US Navy Photo

If a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, then the drive towards a larger Navy starts with last year’s updated Force Structure Assessment – the shipbuilding plan of the future. Read More

Document: Letters from Congress Protesting U.S. Coast Guard Budget Cuts

Document: Letters from Congress Protesting U.S. Coast Guard Budget Cuts

The following are a collection of letters to the White House and Office of Management and Budget director from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and a group of 23 Senators led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) protesting the proposed $1.3 billion cut to the U.S. Coast Guard in OMB’s proposed FY 2018 draft budget. Read More

Panel: Navy Must Invest In Counter-C4ISR, Unmanned Boats, Railgun To Prepare For Future Fight

Panel: Navy Must Invest In Counter-C4ISR, Unmanned Boats, Railgun To Prepare For Future Fight

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tests its Sea Hunter unmanned vehicle — the technology demonstration vessel it designed, developed and built through its anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel program, or ACTUV — in Portland, Ore., prior to an April 7 commissioning ceremony. DARPA photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If the Navy wants to pursue the key tenets of three recently completed Future Fleet Architecture studies – a distributed and networked fleet that relies on unmanned vehicles and electromagnetic warfare tools to survive and win in a highly contested environment – it will need to quickly invest in technologies that allow U.S. forces to complete a targeting faster and stop the enemy from doing so at all, lead participants from the three studies told lawmakers. Read More

New Continuing Resolution Would Allow Ohio Replacement Program To Move Forward

New Continuing Resolution Would Allow Ohio Replacement Program To Move Forward

Architect of the Capitol photo.

U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2014. Architect of the Capitol Photo

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced a continuing resolution today that would fund the government through April 28, 2017, at last fiscal year’s spending levels – with several critical exceptions, among them a provision that would allow work to continue uninterrupted on designing the Ohio Replacement Program ballistic missile submarines. Read More

Randy Forbes Seen at Trump Tower; Joe Courtney Endorses Forbes for SECNAV

Randy Forbes Seen at Trump Tower; Joe Courtney Endorses Forbes for SECNAV

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) in the lobby of Trump Tower on Monday. C-SPAN Image

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) in the lobby of Trump Tower on Monday. C-SPAN Image

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), the frontrunner to serve as the next Navy secretary, was seen at Trump Tower in New York on Monday, just days after the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee sent a letter to the Trump administration endorsing Forbes for SECNAV. Read More

Report: New Contracting Authority Could Help Navy Save 25% On SSBN Missile Tubes

Report: New Contracting Authority Could Help Navy Save 25% On SSBN Missile Tubes

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube "quad-pack" built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube “quad-pack” built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

The Navy could cut Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) missile tube acquisition costs by 25 percent if Congress granted a “continuous production” authority that would allow the U.S. and UK ballistic missile submarine replacement programs buy the tubes at a steady pace, according to a recent report obtained by USNI News. Read More