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Navy must balance budget across three major areas, says Chief of Naval Operations

The Navy’s fleet of just over 290 ships won’t grow to its 355-ship goal without a big influx of money from Congress. That was the message from the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday to Congress this budget season. In a “Government Matters” exclusive conversation at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space 2021 Virtual Preview, Adm. […]

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Concern from Congress about lack of specificity in Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday spoke on “Government Matters” about the plans he wants Congress to support to build out his fleet and its capabilities. Two of the power brokers in Congress he has to convince, however, want more detail than they’ve gotten so far. In an exclusive conversation with Rep. Joe […]

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Artifical intelligence arms race does not exist, says vice president of Center for a New American Security

The Pentagon has more than 600 artifical intelligence projects underway, but that does not necessarily signal a race for AI as a part of Great Power Competition (a strategic approach towards adversaries that includes renewed emphasis on nuclear deterrence and stronger NATO and Indo-Pacific military capabilities). Paul Scharre, former special assistant to the under secretary […]

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Disparate organizations preventing Space Force effectiveness, says former Air Force under secretary

The nomination of Frank Kendall to become secretary of the Air Force is moving again after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took off her hold on his nomination. One of his new jobs if the Senate confirms him could be to shape the entire Defense Department’s space enterprise. Matthew Donovan, director of the Spacepower Advantage Research […]

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United States must influence countries China targets for military interests, says former diplomat

China is creeping up on a former U.S. airstrip as a potential military base. The Pentagon’s focus on platform investments may distract it from stopping the next Chinese land grab. Craig Singleton, adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former diplomat, said the United States must figure out levers of influence in […]

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Russia capitalizes on old Soviet programs in new space race

Russia is making some major moves in the new space race. It will spend up to $20 billion on space by 2026 to keep pace with China and the United States. Russia is building on old programs from the Soviet Union, including a positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system, robust communications and Intelligence, Surveillance and […]

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White House should reaffirm role of allies in defense supply chain, says industrial policy expert

The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee’s Critical Supply Chain Task Force are examining what the Defense Department needs that it’s having trouble getting. Allies and partners can lower supply chain risks, according to Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University and former principal deputy director for […]

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