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China Doubles Down on South China Sea Sovereignty, Warns Against ‘Risky and Provocative’ U.S. Freedom of Navigation Missions

China Doubles Down on South China Sea Sovereignty, Warns Against ‘Risky and Provocative’ U.S. Freedom of Navigation Missions

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei during a Sept. 18, 2015 press conference. Chinese MoFA Photo

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei during a Sept. 18, 2015 press conference. Chinese MoFA Photo

PENTAGON — Chinese officials again affirmed territorial sovereignty for a series of newly created artificial islands in the South China Sea and warned the U.S. against taking “risky and provocative action” by attempting to come within 12 nautical miles of the islands, according to a Friday press statement from Beijing. Read More

U.S. Weighing More Freedom of Navigation Operations in South China Sea Near Reclaimed Islands

U.S. Weighing More Freedom of Navigation Operations in South China Sea Near Reclaimed Islands

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on May 11, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on May 11, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Obama administration is considering conducting more freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea as a partial counter to China’s rapid artificial island expansion in the region, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs told a Senate panel on Thursday. Read More

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing. DoD screen shot

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

The chief of the Navy Reserve told a key Senate subcommittee that she is “only able to accept 25 percent of applications from separating [active] sailors” because of high retention rates in her command, but also that the reserve has had some trouble filling reserve billets for unrestricted line officers and medical professionals. Read More

Stackley: NASSCO Will Be ‘In Peril’ Absent New Contracts

Stackley: NASSCO Will Be ‘In Peril’ Absent New Contracts

The first Mobile Landing Platform at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. NASSCO Photo

The first Mobile Landing Platform at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. NASSCO Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The California shipyard the U.S. Navy relies on to build its auxiliary ships and some potential future amphibious warships is “one contract away,” from “peril,” the Navy’s top shipbuilder told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Read More