Tag Archives: Senate Armed Services Committee

SOCOM: High Optempo Creates Recruiting Challenges In Special Operations Community

SOCOM: High Optempo Creates Recruiting Challenges In Special Operations Community

Army Gen. Raymond Thomas delivers remarks after assuming command of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 30, 2016. DoD photo.

Some special operations units have found themselves in an “unsustainable” deployment tempo, with warfighters deployed for six months, home for six months and then heading back out the door again, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Read More

PACOM Hearings Preview Spending Needs In Coming Years; Munitions, SSN Shortfalls Must Be Addressed

PACOM Hearings Preview Spending Needs In Coming Years; Munitions, SSN Shortfalls Must Be Addressed

Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) stand topside as the submarine returns home to Guam on Dec. 8, 2016. Oklahoma City, one of four forward-deployed submarines homeported in Apra Harbor, returned to Guam this morning after an eight-month maintenance period known as Docking Selected Restricted Availability. US Navy Photo

U.S. Pacific Command operations were the focus of House and Senate armed services committee hearings this week, and PACOM commander Adm. Harry Harris’ testimony may have provided a glimpse at what he’d like to see in the Fiscal Year 2018 and beyond budget requests. Read More

NAVSEA: 2,000 More Public Shipyard Workers Needed to Break Through Maintenance Backlog

NAVSEA: 2,000 More Public Shipyard Workers Needed to Break Through Maintenance Backlog

Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) undocks from a dry dock at Puget Sound Navy Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility on March 8, 2016. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite a hiring push to increase the size of the workforce over the last several years, Naval Sea Systems Command is still short 2,000 workers in its public yards, the head of NAVSEA told lawmakers on Wednesday. Read More

Panel: Services Should Better Leverage Each Other's Tech Development, Joint Operations

Panel: Services Should Better Leverage Each Other’s Tech Development, Joint Operations

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Deonce Cushinberry, a rifleman with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines Regiment, takes cover from simulated enemies behind an unmanned weaponized Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) vehicle during an exercise for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 13, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

The Pentagon should aim for interdependency, not just interoperability, in assessing its future warfighting requirements, three national security experts told the Senate Armed Services Air/Land subcommittee this week. Read More

Expert to SASC: Mattis Will Be ‘Stabilizing’ Force in Trump Cabinet

Expert to SASC: Mattis Will Be ‘Stabilizing’ Force in Trump Cabinet

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis

Two experienced national security experts told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a waiver of the seven-year requirement before a general officer could serve as Defense secretary would be appropriate in the case of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, but stressed that this should be the exception not the rule in considering future nominees. Read More

Stackley: Would Increase SSN, DDG, Amphib Production Rate To Reach 350-Ship Navy

Stackley: Would Increase SSN, DDG, Amphib Production Rate To Reach 350-Ship Navy

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy would prioritize increasing the production rate of existing ship classes and inserting new capabilities into mature hull designs as a way to get to a 350-ship Navy, if the incoming Trump administration follows through on its promise to grow the Navy, the service’s acquisition chief said today. Read More