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An artist's rendering of the U.S. Navy's future Columbia-class submarine. (Navy photo)

Navy Might Someday Consider Buying More Than 12 Columbia-Class Submarines

The U.S. Navy, which has said for years that it wants to buy 12 Columbia-class, nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines to replace its aging Ohio-class fleet, is leaving open the possibility that it will end up acquiring more than that, a service official said April 11. “That’s a decision that will be made and a recommendation […]

Air Force Gen. and Transcom Commander Darren McDew. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

TRANSCOM Head Defends Plan To Buy Foreign-Made Cargo Ships

The leader of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) is defending the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 request to buy up to 24 foreign-built, used commercial ships for the military’s reserve fleet, saying they are the cheapest, fastest option to replace aging cargo vessels. Asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee why the ships would […]

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force Probing Rise In Minor Aviation Mishaps

The Air Force is trying to determine why it experienced a recent uptick in minor aviation accidents, a service official said. The increase has been in Class C mishaps, which cause non-fatal, loss-of-work-time injury or damage of at least $50,000 but less than $500,000, said Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.  While such mishaps […]

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House Panel OKs Bills To Aid Space Industry

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has approved two bills aimed at supporting the rocket propulsion and space support industries. One bill, proposed by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), would designate NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as the agency’s lead center for rocket propulsion, including the development of new technology.  Such a designation […]

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FY18 Spending Bill Funds Critical Infrastructure, Federal IT Cyber Security Projects

Facing increasing cyber threats aimed at exploiting known vulnerabilities, lawmakers secured funding in their new $1.3 trillion spending bill for programs needed to improve the cyber resiliency of critical infrastructure and address vulnerabilities in outdated election and federal IT systems. President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package Friday, which includes $722.9 […]

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DTRA Seeks To Speed Acquisitions

At the behest Defense Department Acquisition Chief Ellen Lord, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is looking for ways to speed its acquisitions so that it can meet warfighter requirements faster, the agency’s head said last Thursday. Depending on complexity and the capabilities being sought by theater commanders, DTRA has been able to provide solutions […]

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami enters dry dock to begin an overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jim Cleveland/Released)

Navy Looks To Extend The Life Of Five Los Angeles Subs

Top Navy officials told the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee on Tuesday that the service plans to extend the life of one nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class (SSN-688) attack submarine by 10 years before seeing if it will repeat the process with four more. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition (ASN […]

The future USS Tulsa (LCS-16) Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship is launched in Mobile, Ala. in March 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Lawmakers Worry LCS Yards Are Being Left In The Lurch

Lawmakers from districts with Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) shipyards are increasingly worried about the Navy’s request to procure only one vessel in the FY ’19 budget, but Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said he is looking at ways to shore up the industrial base. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) told Spencer at a hearing on Tuesday that […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Nielsen Says Administration Continues To Develop Cyber Deterrence Strategy

The White House is continuing to develop a strategy for cyber security that includes deterrence and identifies unacceptable behaviors in cyber space, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate committee on Wednesday. Nielsen said that a deterrence doctrine “needs to be very clear that there are consequences when countries meddle in our affairs,” and […]

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN-777). Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Willing To Have Next Virginia Submarine Contract Allow More Than 10 Submarines

Two top Navy officials told Congress yesterday they are open to having the Block V Virginia-class submarine multiyear procurement (MYP) contract include the option to buy over the 10 planned boats. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, told Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer at a hearing that […]