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232 Unmanned Ships May Be Key To Countering China, Russia

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WASHINGTON: The Navy is scrambling to write its new acquisition and operational playbook on the fly, a decision based as much on what US rivals are doing as it is on what the service hasn’t done in recent decades. The construction and innovation booms being undertaken by the Chinese — and to a lesser extent… Keep reading →

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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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355-Ship Fleet Costs $5B Extra Per Year: CRS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Building the Navy’s 355-ship fleet will be even harder than we thought, according to a new study from the Congressional Research Service. Veteran Navy expert Ronald O’Rourke estimates that, even if US shipyards work 50 percent faster than today, we wouldn’t have enough aircraft carriers until roughly 2030 — 14 years from now — and enough… Keep reading →

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Special Fund Could Save Billions On New Nuke Subs: Forbes, CBO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Paying for the Navy’s new nuclear missile subs through a special fund with special authorities “could potentially save several hundred million dollars per submarine,” according to a recent Congressional Budget Office study. House Armed Services seapower subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes, father of the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund, is unsurprisingly touting this little noticed conclusion… Keep reading →

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McCain Warns Navy On LCS Upgrade

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The war over the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship is far from over. This morning, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain warned Navy leaders that their drive towards an upgraded LCS frigate may be repeating the mistakes that resulted in the original, much-criticized LCS design. “Without a clear capabilities-based assessment, it is not clear… Keep reading →

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Laser Weapons: Lower Expectations, Higher Threats

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Lasers that can shoot down incoming missiles have been a work in progress since Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” days. Now, the Army and Navy not only have working demonstration models but ambitions to field real-world weapons circa 2021. This time, insisted Pentagon science advisor Howard Meyer this morning, it’s really going to happen.… Keep reading →

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Littoral Combat Ship Cut Plan Reopens Navy Rift: Build ‘Em Fast Or Rugged

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CRYSTAL CITY: The Littoral Combat Ship was supposed to be one of the fastest things in the fleet, but it seems like the skeptics – and the sequester – have caught up with it. The question is, what’s next? After a Pentagon memo  recommended slashing the program by more than a third — from 52 ships to… Keep reading →

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