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Boeing KC-46 Deliveries Halted, Again

Posted by Colin Clark on


The revelation, made by the Air Force Secretary during Congressional testimony, is the latest black eye for the tanker program.

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Roper Warns Boeing On Tankers After Walking KC-46 Line

Posted by Colin Clark on


The Air Force is once again accepting deliveries of the troubled tankers — but the service’s acquisition chief warned Boeing must get its act in order ASAP.

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Keep 12 Carriers, It’s A National Imperative: Rep. Wittman

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What does one of the most influential defense lawmakers on the Hill, Rob Wittman, think about the Trump Administration plan to cut the number of aircraft carriers from 11 to 10?

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HASC Dems Press To Resume Korea Wargames; Trump Tweets Vs. Intel Community

Posted by Colin Clark on


Democrats challenged President Trump over his freeze on US military exercises with South Korea, while Trump lashed out on social media against intelligence officials who questioned his achievements.

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Nuke Sub Launch Tube Problems Found: ‘Warning Flags Are Up’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Navy has discovered problems with the welds on 12 nuclear missile launch tubes, some for America’s $122.3 billion Columbia-class submarine program and others for the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought submarines. The issue is serious enough that Rep. Joe Courtney, top Democrat on the House seapower subcommittee, told me “the warning flags are up.” There is… Keep reading →

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House OKs More Subs, Pumps $250M More Into Industrial Base

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL: In the drama-free weeks leading up to Thursday’s overwhelming passage of the compromise $716 billion defense policy bill by the House of Representatives, lawmakers sent a pretty clear signal to the White House: we want more submarines. With concerns rising over the growing prowess of Russian and Chinese undersea capabilities, and standoff air… Keep reading →

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Navy Needs Plan To Update Old Ships’ Weapons: Hill Staff

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“What’s missing at this point is what the Navy’s modernization strategy is,” the staffer said. The ships in question have enough margin for growth that they could accommodate upgrades, but how much does it cost to keep upgrading old ships? How does the cost:benefit ratio of such upgrades compare to spending the same amount on new vessels? The Navy’s plan is appealing “philosophically,” the staffer said, “but the devil’s in the details.”

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Wittman: We Need An Atlantic Rebalance

Posted by Rep. Rob Wittman on


The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) John Richardson made a major organizational announcement with major strategic implications when he announced the Navy would re-establish the Second Fleet, which covers the Atlantic. But that would, so far, only mean adding 250 people to the command. Without making larger strategic changes, that is not enough. To respond appropriately to Russian naval… Keep reading →

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HASC Rejects JSTARS Recap, Speeds Up Ships

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The House Armed Services Committee rejected the Air Force’s strategy to replace the E-8 JSTARS and questioned its plan for the EC-130H Compass Call, even as it accelerated Navy shipbuilding.

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Wittman, Courtney Question Omnibus Ship Numbers, Funding

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Wait — doesn’t this omnibus fund 14 new ships for the Navy, compared to 13 in the National Defense Authorization Act and just eight in President Trump’s request? Yes, but not all ships are created equal, Wittman said.

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