Sailors pose for a photo on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), April 14, 2022.

Sailors pose for a photo on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), April 14, 2022. U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tate Cardinal

The Naval Brief: Shipbuilding plan; Tracking cancer; Red Sea maritime task force; and more...

Welcome to The Naval Brief, a weekly look at the news and ideas shaping the sea services’ future. 

Shipbuilding options. The Navy released its shipbuilding document for the next 30 years; however, it provided three options for the fleet it wants, instead of just one, Defense One reports. The plan offers a look at what the Navy could potentially buy, depending on the funding it receives in the out years.

Aviation cancer bill. A new bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify the incidence of cancer in the entire aviation community, not just pilots, Defense One reports. They would also have to identify the toxins the aviation community is exposed to and whether there is a link to illnesses they have.

Red Sea task force. A new multinational task force has been stood up to protect the waters of one of the world’s major shipping lanes, Defense One reports. The region faces several security concerns, including the smuggling of drugs and weapons.

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From Defense One

Inflation, Supply Problems Could Push F-35 Cost Higher Than Expected, Lockheed Says // Marcus Weisgerber

Negotiations continue on three batches of jets—Lots 15 to 17—that were expected to be finalized last year.

The Military's 5G Gear Could Be Obsolete When It's Fielded // Lauren C. Williams

"Time to market" is the Navy's chief digital innovation officer's biggest 5G concern, after security.

Russia's Invasion a 'Game Changer' for EU Membership, French Ambassador Says // Jacqueline Feldscher

The war on Ukraine "changes the history of our continent," the ambassador said.

NATO Should Start Preparing Troops For a Nuclear Battlefield // Jonathan D. Moreno

Our own history can help prepare for the physical and psychological effects should Russia use tactical nukes in the next conflict.