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Mixed Messages? Navy Welcomes Chinese In Mayport, Deters In Pacific

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on

WASHINGTON: Are we giving Beijing mixed messages? On the one hand, the US Navy is getting ready — maybe — to challenge Chinese claims around their artificial islets in the South China Sea. On the other hand, the Navy’s also preparing to welcome three Chinese warships at Naval Station Mayport in Florida two weeks from… Keep reading →

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

Posted by Otto Kreisher on

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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Can New Amphibious Ship Coalition Grow Grass Roots?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on

WASHINGTON: This town needs another lobbying organization like I need another hole in my head. But when everyone else has a “grass roots” group to help make their case to Congress, not having your own is a form of unilateral disarmament — an especially bad idea in a time of escalating budget wars. “Having a… Keep reading →

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Global Hawks Sitting In A Hangar ‘Not Acceptable’ To Norm Dicks; Hints At Legislation

Posted by Colin Clark on

CAPITOL HILL: The congressional fight over the fate of Northrop Grumman’s 18 Global Hawk Block 30s is on, led so far by Rep. Norm Dicks on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. “The idea we would spend all this money to buy them and then put them in a hangar is just unacceptable,” said Dicks, ranking… Keep reading →

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