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Sen. Roger Wicker

Washington Struggles With Next Move After Halt To F-35 Part Shipments To Turkey

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Senators, generals, and the acting Defense Secretary all tried to present a united front on Tuesday, but questions remain.

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Package Deal: Navy Could Save 5-10% Buying Two Carriers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Navy hasn’t done a two-carrier deal since the Reagan buildup of the 1980s, when the Nimitz-class carriers being built, the state of the industrial base, the size of the budget, and the statutes governing shipbuilding were all very different. So how would it work today?

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Wicker-McCain Bill To Ease Navy O&M Rules On Collision Course With Appropriators

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Harrison & Hunter analysis WASHINGTON: To prevent a repeat of last year’s lethal accidents, Senate authorizers Roger Wicker and John McCain want to give the Navy unprecedented flexibility to retain experienced officers and spend readiness funds. But the provision to let the Navy spend Operations & Maintenance money as late as in the fiscal… Keep reading →

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Upgrade Navy Networks To Get Most From F-35: Commandant Wants Quality

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: If the Commandant of the Marine Corps had one more dollar to spend — and he probably will with the recent budget deal — he’d use it to upgrade Navy ships’ electronics to take full advantage of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, he said this morning. The Marines’ new F-35Bs have the sensors to… Keep reading →

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SASC Will ‘Help’ Trump On Navy’s 355-Ship Fleet: Sen. Wicker

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Presidents propose; Congress disposes. President Trump’s shipbuilding budget for 2018 is a placeholder that legislators can increase, the chairman of the Senate seapower subcommittee told me this morning. After Sen. Roger Wicker chaired a hearing with shipbuilding executives, following a classified hearing with Navy leaders, I asked him about Trump’s budget. Despite Trump’s… Keep reading →

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Milley: Shrink ‘Big Target’ HQs As Russia Outguns Us

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Army’s official futurist may have overstated the case when he said “we are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,” the service’s chief of staff said this morning — but not by much. To make things worse, Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate, we have become dependent on huge headquarters with lots… 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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Sen. Cotton, 37, Wins Airland Chair; Sens. McCain, Reed Set New SASC Lineup

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The youngest senator on Capitol Hill, and one of the very few lawmakers who can wear a Bronze Star and a Ranger tab, has stepped right from his one-term House seat to chairmanship of one of the most important subcommittees on Capitol Hill. That would be Tom Cotton of Arkansas, the new chair of… Keep reading →

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Sen. McCain Slams $2.5B Carrier Cost Increase; Navy Struggles To Fund SSBN-X, Destroyers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: It’s been a rough 48 hours for the US Navy. Yesterday, the Littoral Combat Ship was battered by House appropriators and questioned by a leaked report. Today it was the Senate Armed Service seapower subcommittee’s turn to grill the Navy about its aircraft carrier and submarine programs. While the automatic 10-year budget cuts known as sequestration played a major role… Keep reading →

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Letter To Senator Tests Positive for Ricin

Posted by Colin Clark on


Envelope that tested positiver for Ricin sent to Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, AP reports. Sigh. Let’s hope there’s only one. @colinclarkaol

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