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Lawmakers Say It's Time For Navy To Field New Unmanned Systems, Energy Weapons

Lawmakers Say It’s Time For Navy To Field New Unmanned Systems, Energy Weapons

Tom Boucher, second from right, program manager for the Electromagnetic Railgun at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), talks to Rear Adm. David Hahn, chief of naval research, during a visit to the railgun facility onboard Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division on Jan. 12, 2017. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers are happy with the Navy’s progress developing unmanned systems and directed energy weapons but would like to see more effort operationalizing and fielding these technologies, the chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said this week. Read More

House Armed Services Committee Looking At 25-30 Year Pace For Reaching 355 Ship Navy

House Armed Services Committee Looking At 25-30 Year Pace For Reaching 355 Ship Navy

Newport News Shipbuilding placed a 900-ton superlift into dry dock, continuing construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Nearly 90 lifts have been placed in the dock and joined together since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Newport News Shipbuilding photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee believes the Navy can reach a 355-ship fleet in the 25- to 30-year timeframe, given industrial base capacity and expected funding levels. Read More

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

House Seapower Chair Wittman Outlines Committee Agenda

House Seapower Chair Wittman Outlines Committee Agenda

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The new head of the Hose Armed Services seapower and projection forces committee presented an outline of his priorities including moving aircraft carriers to four-year build cycles, funding ships incrementally and learning how fast the shipbuilding industry can ramp up to meet the Navy’s 355 ship goal. Read More

Lawmakers ask for Hypothetical Budgets to Build a 355 Ship Navy

Lawmakers ask for Hypothetical Budgets to Build a 355 Ship Navy

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) sits pier side in the early morning light at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for data on what it would take to reach a 355-ship Navy over various periods of time, the chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said today. Read More

Lawmakers: Backlog Of Facilities Improvement Projects Affecting Fleet Readiness

Lawmakers: Backlog Of Facilities Improvement Projects Affecting Fleet Readiness

MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 are parked on the flight line at Naval Air Station North Island. The Navy has spent its limited military construction funds on forward-located bases and training and maintenance facilities for new aircraft models, leaving little funding for maintaining and improving administrative and residential buildings. US Navy photo.

MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 are parked on the flight line at Naval Air Station North Island. The Navy has spent its limited military construction funds on forward-located bases and training and maintenance facilities for new aircraft models, leaving little funding for maintaining and improving administrative and residential buildings. US Navy photo.

A group of lawmakers is looking at Navy base infrastructure and facilities maintenance as a readiness issue this year, after years and years of military construction (MILCON) funding being sacrificed as a bill-payer to support high operational tempos and rising acquisition costs. Read More