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F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Air Force bet the farm on F-35, the Navy put its airpower eggs in multiple baskets, from legacy fighters to new drones.

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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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F-35C Joins Integrated Carrier Ops; Refueling Mishap: Videos Etc.

Posted by Colin Clark on


ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Navy dragged its feet for years after committing to buy the F-35C for carrier operations. They worried it would be too expensive to maintain. They worried the tailhook problems would persist. They worried it was too heavy. Let’s face it: the Navy leadership was just worried. After all, they… Keep reading →

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Navy Enters Drone Age, Taps Boeing for MQ-25

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Loaded with jet fuel, the drones will vastly extend the ranges of carrier-based aircraft operating in the expanses of the western Pacific. That lets the Navy strike deeper into China’s layered defenses while keeping the big decks out of range of most of China’s anti-ship missiles.

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Navy Must Boost Carrier Air Wings’ Range, Size & Lethality

Posted by Jerry Hendrix on


Paris Air Show attendees take note. The Navy needs more new strike fighters to cope with falling readiness rates. Will they be Super Hornets, F-35s or Block III Super Hornets? What mix does the US Navy need as it grapples with boosting the size of the fleet to 355 ships? And what about the MQ-25… Keep reading →

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HASC Hammers Navy Readiness In Push For $18B Defense Boost

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: House Republicans keep hammering on military shortfalls, part of their push for a controversial $18 billion budget boost that the Senate has so far rejected and the White House has threatened to veto. “The message that we’re hearing is across the services we have a significant problem with readiness,” Rep. Randy Forbes told me.… Keep reading →

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HASC To Navy: We Want More Ships!

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED from Hill staff briefing CAPITOL HILL: The House seapower subcommittee continued its crusade for more warships, adding vessels and relentlessly rejecting reductions in its draft portion of the annual defense policy bill. The full committee will mark up all draft language for the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act next week. As we’d predicted, the bill… Keep reading →

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Army Never Outgunned If Joint Force Can Help

Posted by David Deptula on


The authors are with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster issued a warning April 5 to the Senate Armed Services Airland subcommittee saying that the service will be  “…outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries in the future….” This statement garnered much attention in the media, but it artificially assesses Army capabilities… Keep reading →

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Rep. Forbes Decries Cuts To Carrier Wings, Cruisers & UCLASS In Navy 2017 Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: As predicted, House Seapower subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes was swift to slam the Navy’s 2017 budget request. I asked him about the Navy’s proposals to deactivate a carrier air wing, sideline seven Ticonderoga-class cruisers, and replace the UCLASS drone program with a drone fuel tanker with “limited strike” capabilities, CBARS. Here’s what the fiery… Keep reading →

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