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Will Trump’s Wall Mean a Delay in Defense Funding?

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Senate Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on using DoD money for the border wall — so far that the government might not gets its 2020 budget on time,

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Sacred Cows Die As Marine Commandant Changes Course On Amphibs

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“It would be illogical to continue to concentrate our forces on a few large ships,” the new USMC Commandant writes in his new guidance, setting decades of planning on its head. So what’s next?

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If Congress Punts Spending Bill, Navy’s New Frigate Would Suffer

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The Navy is looking to get a new class of frigates in the water as soon as possible, but the budget wrangling between Congress and the White House might mean that gets put on hold.

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Navy Calls In Outsiders To Fix Troubled Ford Carrier

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The Navy’s new $13 billion carrier has run into trouble, and the Navy has called in some outside help.

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Senate Passes Defense Bill, Prepares To Battle House On Nukes, War Powers

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The $750 billion defense policy bill sticks with the administration’s topline, but huge fights loom with the House version. Prepare for a long, hot summer.

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UPDATED: House Bill Silent on Space Force, Sets Up Debate on Nuke Modernization

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House Democrats release a 2020 defense policy bill that requires the Pentagon to write plenty of reports, but eases away from the HASC Chairman’s earlier remarks on nuclear modernization.

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Will Trump Fire SecNav? Super Carrier USS Ford Suffers New Setback

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Just days after Trump again ripped the program, the Navy says the over-budget, and overdue, carrier remains beset with problems.

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Navy Needs Cyber Secretary, Wouldn’t Say No To Truman Refueling: SecNav Spencer

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In future wars, “one of our battles is going to be just getting off of the pier,” the Navy’s top civilian said, because of cyber attacks against Navy forces and infrastructure.

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GAO: Navy “Overly Optimistic” On Columbia Sub Costs

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The Navy’s most expensive shipbuilding program and the key to the country’s nuclear triad is under increasing pressure to keep to its tight schedule, and hit its budget.

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Navy Unveils 355 Ship Fleet Plan — But It’ll All Change

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The Navy thinks it will need at least $40 billion a year to maintain its new fleet — but admits that they haven’t actually added it all up yet.

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