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Navy Unveils Record Budget, Pushing Above 300 Ships

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The US Navy now says it’ll reach 355 ships by 2034, while whacking F-35Bs and a carrier from its five-year plan. What’s the strategy?

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Two LPD Amphibious Ships Cut From 2020 Budget Plan

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Are big, expensive vessels like amphibious ships and carriers too vulnerable in a long-range missile war with Russia or China?

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Marines, Navy Wrestle With How To Upgun Amphibs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Marines want Vertical Launch System missile tubes on their new amphibious ships — but the Navy isn’t planning to leave room for them.

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Good News For Navy In 2017 NDAA & Beyond: Rep. Courtney

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: While big-ticket additions to the Navy budget like F-35 fighters and Littoral Combat Ships didn’t survive conference, there are several smaller but strategic plus-ups in the annual defense policy bill that make a major difference for the fleet, Rep. Joe Courtney told me this afternoon. What’s more, with House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac… Keep reading →

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Winning The Missile Wars: Army & Navy Tech In HASC NDAA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Tucked into the corners of the House’s huge draft defense bill are the seeds of a new way of warfare. It’s an approach aimed at adversaries armed with lots of long-range missiles, such as Russia and China. If the Pentagon takes the money and suggestions in the House Armed Services Committee’s draft National Defense… Keep reading →

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What The HASC Seapower Mark Means For The Navy

Posted by Rep. J. Randy Forbes on


This marks the first of our monthly op-eds by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee. We will send a Tweet before posting each one so you’ve got some notice. Read on! The Editor At the start of my first column, I would like to thank the editors of Breaking… Keep reading →

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Navy Seeks To Boost Shipbuilding: Amphibs, Subs, Destroyers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Despite tight budgets at the Pentagon, the Navy wants to speed-up several shipbuilding programs — amphibious warships, destroyers, and submarines — and Congress seems inclined to give them the money. That’s testimony both to the perennial political popularity of shipbuilding, which employs a lot of voters, and to the rising strategic anxiety over… Keep reading →

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Do Marines Have To Hitchhike At Sea? The Real Story

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Is the US Navy really so short of warships that Marines must catch a ride on foreign vessels, like heavily armed hitchhikers? The answer is, well, sort of. Where there’s smoke, there’s often fire — the Marines definitely could use more amphibious warfare ships — but on this story, politicians, lobbyists, and some of… Keep reading →

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How Marines Plan To Survive Littoral Warfare

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: “You ever seen what an attack helicopter does to a small boat? That’s a Cuisinart.” The Navy’s long been nervous about the survival of its high-cost high-seas warships in coastal knife fights. (That anxiety drove the development of the controversial Littoral Combat Ship). Iran, in particular, is notorious for its shallow water mini-submarines and… Keep reading →

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Bold Alligator Wargame Goes Off-Script, On Purpose

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ABOARD THE USS ARLINGTON: 17 warships and two submarines. Thousands of personnel from 19 countries. Billions of dollars of high-tech hardware. Months of planning. But sometimes you still have to improvise. When US and Dutch warships and marines united in an international task force for the 2014 Bold Alligator wargames off Virginia, the two countries could… Keep reading →

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