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Navy assistant secretary on new climate action plan

President Biden has called tackling the climate crisis a national security priority. The Department of the Navy recently issued a strategy called “Climate Action 2030.” Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, said the new strategy is bold in that it is comprehensive and action-oriented. She said the Navy and […]

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Diversity, equity and inclusion goals a growing priority for Army, Navy

Charles Barber, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs for the Navy, and Anselm Beach, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diversity and Inclusion in the Army, discuss new DEI initiatives for military services. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are priorities across the entire government, and that includes the Army and Navy. Both services have offices devoted to […]

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Conversations from Surface Navy Association’s 34th National Symposium

Last week, the Government Matters team attended the Surface Navy Association’s 34th National Symposium, “Surface Warfare: The Competitive Edge.” At the conference, Mimi Geerges spoke with some attendees who are paving the way for innovation and advancing the Navy’s mission. Lt. Skye Pawlik from the Naval Integrated Fires Element in the U.S. Navy said her […]

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Army and Navy partnering on hypersonics to deliver advanced capabilities to warfighters

Hypersonic missiles travel at least five times the speed of sound and are a growing investment for the United States military. The Army and Navy are both advancing their programs and working together to maintain a decisive edge against adversaries. Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, directed energy, space and rapid acquisition for the […]

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Defense Department must institutionalize technology acquisition lessons from pandemic

The cash influx in the Technology Modernization Fund (a government funding vehicle that encourages modernization) should help agencies accelerate digital transformation efforts. Keeping the momentum going after the pandemic is over could be more of a challenge. Danelle Barrett, former Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Navy, said Department of Defense leadership must keep and […]

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Financial statement audit among top areas of focus at Department of the Navy

The Navy is claiming progress in all three areas of its financial audit. The service’s financial management leader says the Navy is transforming the way it manages its money. Alaleh Jenkins, Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) at the Department of the Navy, said the financial statement […]

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Partnerships essential to protect open and free sea lines of communication

The ship that was blocking the Suez Canal has been free for about a week now, but the incident is making people all over the world think again about supply chain resilience. Adm. Jamie Foggo (USN-ret.), former Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Africa, said it is critical to work with other navies so […]

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Defense budget could challenge Army most of all military branches

The Biden administration’s skinny budget should release soon for fiscal year 2022. It will include topline numbers for defense spending. Budget watchers expect that number to stay flat over the next few years. Mark Cancian, Senior Advisor in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the upcoming defense budget […]

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