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SECDEF Esper Faced Bipartisan Criticism Over 'Anemic' Shipbuilding Plan

SECDEF Esper Faced Bipartisan Criticism Over ‘Anemic’ Shipbuilding Plan

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper is briefed on USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) advanced weapons elevators (AWE) by Capt. John J. Cummings, Ford’s commanding officer. Navy photo

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper faced sustained bipartisan criticism from the House Armed Services Committee over the Pentagon’s proposed shipbuilding plan during a Wednesday hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 Pentagon budget.

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Schultz: Cutter Funding Welcomed But More Investments Needed to Sustain Coast Guard

Schultz: Cutter Funding Welcomed But More Investments Needed to Sustain Coast Guard

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz delivers the 2020 State of the Coast Guard Address in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 20, 2020. Coast Guard Photo

While the Coast Guard Fiscal Year 2021 budget funded two important cutters programs, the service’s top official said more investment is needed to support the demanding daily operations at sea and at home. That includes closing the growing backlog of infrastructure repairs and updating failing information technology and communications systems. Read More

Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Remembers Father's Service at Iwo Jima

Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Remembers Father’s Service at Iwo Jima

LVTs retracting from the Iwo Jima beaches after landing the initial waves of Marines, during the morning of Feb. 19, 1945. USS Tennessee (BB-43) is in the right-center. Navy Photo

Iwo Jima was “what hell on earth was like,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, describing what his father, Alexander Milley, experienced when he landed on the eight-square-mile island 75 years ago. Read More

Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs

Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs

Rendering of Block V Virginia-class submarine with Virginia Payload Module. General Dynamics Electric Boat Image

The Navy intends to deploy its conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon on Virginia-class attack submarines, after previous discussions of putting the weapon on the larger Ohio-class guided-missile submarine (SSGN), according to budget request documents. Read More

Navy Budgeting $1.1B for 2nd Frigate as Timeline Slows

Navy Budgeting $1.1B for 2nd Frigate as Timeline Slows

This post has been updated to include an additional comment by Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Navy’s second frigate will cost $1.1 billion to build, an increase over previous estimates as the shipbuilding program is being slowed down amid budget constraints and cuts to overall ship procurement plans. Read More

Navy, Marine Program Cuts Pay Biggest Share of New $4B Pentagon Border Barrier Funding

Navy, Marine Program Cuts Pay Biggest Share of New $4B Pentagon Border Barrier Funding

U.S. Northern Command border support operations at Bisbee, Arizona on Nov. 6, 2018. US Army Photo

This post has been updated with statements from shipbuilder HII, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, HASC chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and HASC ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas).

Pentagon leaders want to reroute $1.5 billion in money from two major shipbuilding programs and aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps to support construction of $3.8 billion in new physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a copy of a Fiscal Year 2020 reprogramming request obtained by USNI News. Read More

U.S. Warns China Will Gain Edge if the Philippines Ends Visiting Forces Agreement

U.S. Warns China Will Gain Edge if the Philippines Ends Visiting Forces Agreement

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alex Donahue discusses the importance of proper knots and rigging with Philippine soldiers during a subject matter expert exchange in support of Balikitan 2017 at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Philippines on May 4, 2017. US Army Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines government has now formally begun the process of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin confirmed on Twitter: the U.S. Embassy in Manila has received notice, and the termination will take effect 180 days later. Read More