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The Navy saw decisive cuts within the fiscal year 2017 defense budget, but is expected to be more capable, according to an event page from American Enterprise Institute.
The think tank, which hosted Chief Naval Officer Adm. John Richardson, showcased how the U.S. Navy is posturing itself to compete against nations like China, Russia, and Iran in coming years.
“There are these forces at play in the environment that if we don’t respond to those forces, we’re just going to be left behind,” Richardson told former Sen. Jim Talent — a senior fellow with AEI.
“We need both presence and posture,” Talent said.
He added that in the current climate, it’s hard to gauge where the focus should be, and asked Richardson if it was possible for the Navy to achieve that.
Richardson said, “You really need both ... you can’t go all in one direction or all in the other.”
This year, the Navy’s proposed budget was guided by “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority,” Richardson's strategy for outlining the maritime environment, which “reflects the character of the security environment and accounts for the forces at play in the maritime system, the force of the information system and the force of technology entering the environment,” according to the Navy’s Chief of Information Office.
The Navy now has to try to anticipate new technologies and look forward to what the competitive maritime warfighting environment will be in the future, so that it can posture itself adequately, Richardson said.
He added, “We’re in a time of a great power competition.”
Coming in at $165 billion, 2.5% less than what was requested for 2016, the Navy is hoping to become a leaner, more competitive, balanced force.
Personnel numbers are expected to drop from 329,200 billets to 322,900 billets in 2017.
Moreover, after continued failure within the littoral combat ship program, the Navy announced it will no longer seek to purchase a third version of the ship in 2017.
As far as fleet modernization goes, the chief information office press release reports that next year’s budget plans to buy seven new ships including two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, two Virginia-class submarines, two littoral combat ships, and one America-class amphibious assault ship. The plan is to grow the fleet to 308 ships during fiscal year 2021.
NASA is reportedly investigating one of its astronauts in a case that appears to involve the first allegations of criminal activity from space.
Hackers could have breached US bioterrorism defenses for years, records show. We'll never know if they did
The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation's bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, according to government documents reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.
The data included the locations of at least some BioWatch air samplers, which are installed at subway stations and other public locations in more than 30 U.S. cities and are designed to detect anthrax or other airborne biological weapons, Homeland Security officials confirmed. It also included the results of tests for possible pathogens, a list of biological agents that could be detected and response plans that would be put in place in the event of an attack.
The information — housed on a dot-org website run by a private contractor — has been moved behind a secure federal government firewall, and the website was shut down in May. But Homeland Security officials acknowledge they do not know whether hackers ever gained access to the data.
The State Department doesn't really care if its human rights training for partner security forces is working or not
By law, the United States is required to promote "human rights and fundamental freedoms" when it trains foreign militaries. So it makes sense that if the U.S. government is going to spend billions on foreign security assistance every year, it should probably systematically track whether that human rights training is actually having an impact or not, right?
Apparently not. According to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, both the Departments of Defense and State "have not assessed the effectiveness of human rights training for foreign security forces" — and while the Pentagon agreed to establish a process to do so, State simply can't be bothered.
A Kansas VA hospital police supervisor reported 'dangerous' deficiencies among his officers. Now he says he faced retaliation
The Kansas City VA Medical Center is still dealing with the fallout of a violent confrontation last year between one of its police officers and a patient, with the Kansas City Police Department launching a homicide investigation.
And now Topeka's VA hospital is dealing with an internal dispute between leaders of its Veterans Affairs police force that raises new questions about how the agency nationwide treats patients — and the officers who report misconduct by colleagues.
A New Mexico woman was charged Friday in the robbery and homicide of a Marine Corps veteran from Belen late last month after allegedly watching her boyfriend kill the man and torch his car to hide evidence.