Tag Archives: Senate Armed Services Committee

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

Senators Worried Quick Transition From LCS to Frigate Leaves Little Room for Oversight

Senators Worried Quick Transition From LCS to Frigate Leaves Little Room for Oversight

The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials on July 14, 2016. Lockheed Martin Photo

The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials on July 14, 2016. Lockheed Martin Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today questioned the Navy’s ability to ensure a smooth transition from the Littoral Combat Ship to the frigate program, given that current plans would force the Navy to award something akin to a block buy contract for 12 ships even before the first frigate is built and tested. Read More

Compromise NDAA Language Invests In More Troops, Scales Back Procurement Of Ships, Aircraft

Compromise NDAA Language Invests In More Troops, Scales Back Procurement Of Ships, Aircraft

FA-18A++ Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron(VMFA) 314, forward based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, are lined up on the flightline at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, during the Komatsu Aviation Training Relocation exercise March 7-18, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

FA-18A++ Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron(VMFA) 314, forward based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, are lined up on the flightline at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, during the Komatsu Aviation Training Relocation exercise March 7-18, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate and House armed services committees have agreed upon a compromise National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 that prioritizes higher personnel and readiness levels over procurement of ships and aircraft. Read More

Stratcom Nominee Gen. Hyten Warns Of North Korean Nuclear Advances

Stratcom Nominee Gen. Hyten Warns Of North Korean Nuclear Advances

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander, Air Force Space Command, at the National Guard Bureau Senior Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 28, 2015. U.S. Army National Guard photo.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander, Air Force Space Command, at the National Guard Bureau Senior Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 28, 2015. U.S. Army National Guard photo.

The Air Force general nominated to head U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee he is concerned about North Korea testing a new, more powerful rocket engine that could be used to deliver nuclear weapons that threaten the United States. Read More

Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to 'First-of-Class Issues'

Ford Carrier Delayed Again Due to ‘First-of-Class Issues’

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship's Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Tug boats maneuver Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River during the ship’s Turn Ship evolution on June 11, 2016. US Navy photo.

Delivery of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been pushed back again, this time by about a month and a half due to ongoing first-in-class challenges. Read More

Defense Committee Staffers Outline Need For Acquisition Reform, Bureaucracy Restructure

Defense Committee Staffers Outline Need For Acquisition Reform, Bureaucracy Restructure

U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2015, NASA Photo

U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2015, NASA Photo

The House and Senate armed services committees are committed to improving defense acquisition, boosting military readiness funding and breaking down Pentagon bureaucracy through their annual defense bills, even if these goals are at times causing friction with the Defense Department, the two committees’ staff directors said today. Read More

SASC Staffer Goel : U.S., Pakistan Relationship Goes Beyond Afghanistan

SASC Staffer Goel : U.S., Pakistan Relationship Goes Beyond Afghanistan

U.S. and Pakistan national anthems are played during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2010. US Navy Photo

U.S. and Pakistan national anthems are played during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2010. US Navy Photo

When considering the future U.S. relations with Pakistan it’s important not to deal with Islamabad exclusively “through the lens of Afghanistan,” a Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said Thursday. Read More