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Fleet Number. At a Friday press conference, the CNO said the Navy may reach a new goal of how many ships the service should have, possibly replacing the previous 355-ship fleet target. The Navy’s 2016 Force Structure Assessment called for the Navy to increase its number to 355 ships, split ...

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Smith on CBO. New House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) argued a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on nuclear weapons program costs shows “plans to replace and upgrade the nuclear weapons enterprise are unaffordable.” He said in a statement Thursday ...

  Shutdown. The new Democratic-led House passed two measures Thursday evening in an effort to reopen portions of government that have been shut down for two weeks. The first measure, to reopen DHS under a continuing resolution that would maintain FY ’18 funding levels through Feb. 8, passed ...

Mattis Resigns. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced Thursday that he will resign at the end of February. The announcement follows President Trump’s surprise order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and months of speculation about when Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and former U.S. ...

GOP Push Back. GOP lawmakers are making a concerted push to convince President Donald Trump not to impose cuts on the FY ’20 defense budget, as he has been reported to be demanding. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said “there is no strategic rationale for any cut” to the defense budget on Dec. 6 ...

A Hurd-Won Victory. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas.) won his reelection race after his challenger, Air Force veteran Gina Ortiz-Jones, conceded in a statement issued Nov. 19. Their race ended with one of the tightest vote margins in the state, with Hurd receiving 49.2 percent of the votes and Ortiz-Jones ...