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CBO: Navy Shipbuilding Plan Off — By $200 Billion

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy faces huge hurdles in trying to get to 355 ships – but a new shipbuilding plan due in coming weeks could change the whole calculus.

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Inhofe: Any Ford Delay Would Present ‘A Dangerous Readiness Gap’

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Capitol Hill has some concerns over the state of the Navy’s Ford-class aircraft carrier, but the Navy is moving forward with next-generation technology, fixing as it goes.

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E-2D Hits IOC; Navy Hawkeye Gets Larger, Lethal Role

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NORFOLK: The famed “eyes of the fleet” are getting sharper. The Navy has declared the latest variant, the E-2D radar plane, ready for real-world operations just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original E-2 Hawkeye. The first five-plane squadron will deploy on the USS Theodore Roosevelt next year. Meanwhile, the current E-2C models are… Keep reading →

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SecAF Donley: Strategy, Sequestration Out Of Synch; National Decision Needed

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Here’s something to raise your hackles, or to Spider Man fans, set your spidey sense tingling. Air Force Secretary Mike Donley told reporters this morning that the budget and strategy talks are “two separate discussions trucking along in parallel.” “The tension between the need to do something to address the deficit and the strategic… Keep reading →

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How Sequestration Slams Small Business

Posted by George Hill on


George Hill is president of Advex Corporation, a company based in Hampton, Virginia and a member of the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC). Unless Congress acts to change the existing law, sequestration will automatically cut $1.2 trillion from the President’s budget over the next decade-including $492 billion from military spending. These cuts threaten one… Keep reading →

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Marines Push Quietly, But Hard, For Navy to Replace C-2s With V-22s

Posted by Richard Whittle on


WASHINGTON: Landing a V-22 Osprey helicopter-style on the sprawling flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was a snap, says Marine Corps test pilot Capt. Dan McKinney. With Lt. Col. David Weinstein, McKinney did it a dozen times on March 20 – six landings in daylight, six at night. After their… Keep reading →

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CNO Downplays Gulf Tensions Even As Navy Sends More Ships – Calls Iranian Navy “Professional And Courteous”

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, detailed the Navy’s build-up in the Persian Gulf today, but he downplayed the prospects of any immediate conflict with Iran – even as the fleet develops new weapons for coastal combat and plans to double its deployment of minesweepers and upgunned patrol craft to Bahrain. “I will… Keep reading →

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OMB OKs Carrier In 2013 Budget; Many Questions Remain

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


WASHINGTON: Despite reports of its possible demise, the Navy’s new aircraft carrier has been spared the budget ax. Now Pentagon and service officials have to figure out how they will pay for it. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget approved the Navy’s request to include the carrier program in its six-year spending plan,… Keep reading →

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China’s ‘Ripples of Capability’: An Interview with Andrew Erickson

Posted by David Axe on


For any Westerner observer struggling to understand Chinese military developments — and let’s be serious, that’s most of us — Andrew Erickson is an indispensable resource. A professor at the Naval War College, Erickson has edited an influential series of books about the People’s Liberation Army, each volume based on close scrutiny of Chinese-language journals… Keep reading →

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China Surprises World With Early Carrier Trials; ‘Significant’ Increase in Conflicts Predicted

Posted by Colin Clark on


The official Chinese news agency announced late yesterday that the country’s first aircraft carrier has begun initial sea trials, in a move that will send shockwaves throughout the Pacific. For more news and information on the swiftly-changing defense industry, please sign up for the Breaking Defense newsletter. You can also catch us on Twitter @BreakingDefense.… Keep reading →

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