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USS Ford Carrier Shock Test Gets DoD Backing

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the department believes the U.S. Navy should not delay shock-testing of its $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford carrier, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “We agree with your view that a test in normal sequence is more prudent and pragmatic,” …

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Report: Bill Would Reform Navy Surface Ship Operations

Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and John McCain, R-Ariz., have introduced a bill that would implement changes to the U.S. Navy‘s surface fleet operations, USNI News reported Monday. The Surface Warfare Enhancement Act of 2018 was created in response to ship collisions that involved the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain guided-missile …

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DoD, VA Update Sen. John McCain on $4.3B EHR Implementation Program

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs told Congress that VA and DoD work together to evaluate business processes and identify the necessary changes throughout the lifecycle of a $4.3 billion contract that seeks to help the Pentagon deploy a commercial electronic health record system, Federal News Radio reported Monday. “DoD …

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Raytheon Exec Mark Esper Confirmed as Army Secretary

The Senate approved Mark Esper, vice president of government relations at Raytheon, to serve as U.S. Army secretary through an 89-6 vote Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. His confirmation came four months after President Donald Trump nominated him for the service’s top civilian post. “I’m also confident that [Esper] will call upon …

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Reports: Trump’s Supplemental Budget Request Seeks $6B More for Missile Defense, South Asia Strategy

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to pass his administration’s fiscal 2018 supplemental budget request that would allocate approximately $6 billion in additional funds for missile defense programs, South Asia strategy and ship repairs, the Washington Examiner reported Monday. Trump wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to …

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Senate Advances $700B Defense Policy Bill for Fiscal 2018

The Senate has voted 84-9 to forgo debate on proposed amendments to a spending bill that would authorize $700 billion in Defense Department spending for fiscal 2018, Washington Examiner reported Thursday. The report said the upper chamber aims to hold a final vote Monday on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that includes …

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