Tag Archives: Senate Appropriations Committee

Measure to Accelerate Virginia Attack Sub Acquisition Defeated in House Vote

Measure to Accelerate Virginia Attack Sub Acquisition Defeated in House Vote

Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784) arrives at the Trident Refit Facility’s Magnetic Silencing Facility (MSF) in 2017. US Navy Photo

The Navy may have a tougher time negotiating for its next batch of attack submarines after the House voted not to include a measure that would give the service advanced procurement dollars to increase the rate of submarine construction.

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Congress Faces Last Chance to Add 2 Virginia-Class Attack Subs to Next Block Buy

Congress Faces Last Chance to Add 2 Virginia-Class Attack Subs to Next Block Buy

Indiana (SSN-789) was delivered to the U.S. Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding on June 25, 2018. Pictured during sea trials in May, the newest Virginia-class submarine will be commissioned later this year. HII Photo

As some lawmakers hope to leverage industrial base capacity and buy an additional two attack submarines in the coming years, an amendment set for a vote on Thursday will determine if the Navy gets the up-front funding it would need for those additional submarine purchases. Read More

Mattis Defends Trump Administration's Call for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons

Mattis Defends Trump Administration’s Call for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons

From the left, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Defense Secretary James Mattis; and David Norquist, Defense Department comptroller and chief financial officer; give testimony on the DoD budget posture on May 9, 2018. DoD photo.

Defense Secretary James Mattis called Moscow’s strategy of threatening to use low-yield nuclear weapons to get its way “bellicose and cavalier,” and he said the administration’s plan to develop America’s own low-yield nuclear weapons and deploy them on submarines would checkmate the Kremlin. Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill Gives Navy $21B for Shipbuilding, $16B for Aircraft; Additional Aviation Maintenance Spending

Omnibus Spending Bill Gives Navy $21B for Shipbuilding, $16B for Aircraft; Additional Aviation Maintenance Spending

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

House and Senate appropriators reached an agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year that includes a $593-billion defense spending package to allow the Navy and Marine Corps to continue with planned ship and aircraft procurement and readiness increases. Read More

Navy, Marines Continue to Warn of the Perils of A Continuing Resolution

Navy, Marines Continue to Warn of the Perils of A Continuing Resolution

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 15, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Navy and Marine Corps leadership issued full-voiced warnings against extending a continuing resolution funding measure and implored Congress to pass a Fiscal Year 2017 budget with an additional supplemental funding package to shore up readiness shortfalls in the services. Read More

Congress Set To Extend Continuing Resolution; Puts Ohio Replacement, Shipbuilding Contracts At Risk

Congress Set To Extend Continuing Resolution; Puts Ohio Replacement, Shipbuilding Contracts At Risk

USS Theodore Roosevelt undergoing a complex overhaul in 2011 at Newport News, Va. U.S. Navy Photo

Further delays in receiving a Fiscal Year 2017 budget could put at risk many Navy efforts, including the refueling and complex overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73), similar to the RCOH for USS Theodore Roosevelt above. U.S. Navy photo.

Lawmakers will not pass a Fiscal Year 2017 budget before the Trump administration takes office and will instead extend the current continuing resolution that is funding the government at FY 2016 levels. The move could prove problematic for the Navy in several ways. Read More

DoN Grapples With Need For Rapid Prototyping Amid Congressional Concerns

DoN Grapples With Need For Rapid Prototyping Amid Congressional Concerns

Lt. Stephen Gallagher tries a virtual reality headset at the Innovation Jam hosted aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in March 2016. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Bridge Program welcomes the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Innovation Jam, sponsored by OPNAV N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics and the Office of Naval Research. The Innovation Jam showcases pioneering concepts and rapid solutions, and one of the bright ideas will be selected for initial funding, development, prototyping and possible transition to Fleet-wide implementation. US Navy photo.

Lt. Stephen Gallagher tries a virtual reality headset at the Innovation Jam hosted aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in March 2016. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Bridge Program welcomes the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Innovation Jam, sponsored by OPNAV N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics and the Office of Naval Research. The Innovation Jam showcases pioneering concepts and rapid solutions, and one of the bright ideas will be selected for initial funding, development, prototyping and possible transition to Fleet-wide implementation. US Navy photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Department of the Navy is working with Congress to gain support and trust for prototyping and rapid fielding efforts that help the military keep up with evolving technologies and threats while balancing lawmakers’ need for oversight, the Navy’s acquisition chief told USNI News. Read More

Final FY 2016 Spending Bill Released; Funds Super Hornets, Growlers, Additional F-35s

Final FY 2016 Spending Bill Released; Funds Super Hornets, Growlers, Additional F-35s

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The House and Senate appropriations committees released a final Fiscal Year 2016 spending plan that meets the new requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and funds the Defense Department at $572.8 billion in base and Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funding. Read More