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Will Four-Star Strapped Navy Pass on STRATCOM Command?

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The Navy has eight four-stars in its ranks — a number that will stay steady when presumptive CNO Gilday is confirmed and gets his fourth star, and current CNO John Richardson steps down. The Air Force, by contrast has 13 four-star generals.

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Navy Unveils Record Budget, Pushing Above 300 Ships

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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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Why DoD Cut A Carrier in 2020 Budget: Survivable Robots & Missiles Vs. China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


An inside source explains the logic behind the 2020 budget’s most controversial call.

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New Reactor Cores Key To Ohio Replacement Subs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON NAVY YARD: One of the most secretive agencies in the Navy didn’t just invite reporters to its headquarters today: It offered them cookies and cake. The agency? The Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. The occasion? The 60th anniversary of the first submarine ever to sail under nuclear power. But there’s a lot more going on… Keep reading →

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‘If It’s Not Survivable, We Don’t Care:’ HAC-D’s Peter Visclosky On Littoral Combat Ship

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The House Appropriations defense subcommittee pressed the leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps today about how they could meet the national security challenges with shrinking budgets, questioning the survivability of the Littoral Combat Ships, the status of the costly and controversial Joint Strike Fighter and the Navy’s plan to take seven cruisers and possibly… Keep reading →

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Obama, Navy Lying To Congress On Carriers: Seapower Chair Rep. Forbes

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: “I think this is a papering-over of their dismantling of the Navy,” House Armed Services seapower subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes told me this afternoon. “They aren’t having the courage or the straightforwardness or transparency to call it what it is.” Between the Pentagon’s proposed reduction in warships currently in the water and its… Keep reading →

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Carriers, Cruisers, & LCS: CNO Speaks

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: “Sydney, I don’t know how to squeeze it much thinner than we have,” the Chief of Naval Operations said. Adm. Jonathan Greenert was talking about the aircraft carrier fleet, but he could have meant almost any aspect of the Navy’s 2015 budget . “It’s a confusing budget,” the admiral admitted within minutes of sitting… Keep reading →

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Nuclear Cheating Scandal Hits Navy; Not Like Air Force’s, Say Admirals

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: It looks like the scum of scandals that’s afflicted the Air Force nuclear program has spread to the Navy — although top admirals took pains today to emphasize how different the two problems are. In both cases, military personnel cheated on exams to requalify so they could continue to work with nuclear materials. The… Keep reading →

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Navy Names New Nuke, NAVAIR Chiefs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: The Defense Department named new chiefs today for the Naval Air Systems Command, responsible for all naval aircraft acquisitions, and for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, better known as Naval Reactors (NR), an obscure but powerful organization shard between the Energy Department and the Navy. Vice Admiral John Richardson, currently the commander of the… Keep reading →

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