Tag Archives: SASC

Mattis Puts Russia On Top of His Threat List, Defends NATO

Mattis Puts Russia On Top of His Threat List, Defends NATO

Retired Gen. James Mattis testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 12, 2015. CSPAN Image

Retired Gen. James Mattis testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 12, 2015. CSPAN Image

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis placed Russia as the top threat facing the United States – especially with its attempts to break up NATO – during his confirmation hearing to become the Pentagon’s top civilian official. Read More

Experts to Senate: Trump Needs to Reassure America's European, Asian Allies

Experts to Senate: Trump Needs to Reassure America’s European, Asian Allies

Chinese sailors welcome the Russian Navy destroyer Admiral Tributs (564) in Zhanjiang, China on Sept. 12, 2016. Xinhua Photo

Chinese sailors welcome the Russian Navy destroyer Admiral Tributs (564) in Zhanjiang, China on Sept. 12, 2016. Xinhua Photo

The incoming Trump administration needs to go out and reassure publicly and privately our allies that the United States will honor its commitments and do what is necessary to meet new challenges, particularly from Russia and China, three security experts testified Tuesday. Read More

Senator Wants Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation Past Mischief Reef

Senator Wants Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation Past Mischief Reef

Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

A vocal member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is calling for the U.S. Navy to challenge Chinese claims to artificial islands soon near the Philippines following a decision from an international tribunal that ruled against several Chinese claims in the South China Sea. Read More

Admiral Admits He Made False Statement to Feds During Fat Leonard Investigation

Admiral Admits He Made False Statement to Feds During Fat Leonard Investigation

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Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional statements from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

A senior Navy supply officer intends to plead guilty to one federal count of making a false statement as part of the ongoing and sweeping bribery and corruption investigation into the Glenn Defense Marine Asia group, the officer told USNI News in a phone interview on Thursday. Read More

McCain Pushing for More U.S. Naval Engagement with Vietnam

McCain Pushing for More U.S. Naval Engagement with Vietnam

Lt. (jg) Travis Harlow, training officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), explains his job responsibilities to senior leaders from the Vietnam People’s Navy in 2013. US Navy Photo

Lt. (jg) Travis Harlow, training officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), explains his job responsibilities to senior leaders from the Vietnam People’s Navy in 2013. US Navy Photo

The chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing for more interaction between the U.S. and Vietnamese navies, according to a copy of a May 20 letter to Vietnamese Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong obtained by USNI News. Read More

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the House version of the Defense Authorization bill to shift money from emergency war spending to the base budget is gimmickry that is “gambling with warfighting money at a time of war.” Read More