Threats

Navy Leaders Defend Plan To Cut the Fleet Amid GOP Criticism

“We think at this point we’re throwing good money after bad,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday told the House Armed Services Committee.

Ideas

We Need More Amphibs, and We Need to Buy Them Smarter

Buying amphibious warships one at a time has left us with too few, and little prospect of closing the gap.

Policy

NCOs: America Has Them, China Wants Them, Russia is Struggling Without Them

Non-commissioned officers, long the “backbone” of the U.S. military, are proving even more crucial on modern battlefields.

Business

Navy, Microsoft Team Up for R&D—and the Rights to Sell What Emerges

The Seattle-based tech giant will get access to Naval Postgraduate School facilities and the chance to negotiate exclusive rights for technology it helps develop there.

Policy

‘We Should Have Been There’: Marine General Laments the State of the Amphib Navy

A failure to deploy in February illustrates the low readiness of the nation’s amphibious warships, a Marine three-star tells Defense One.

Business

Boeing’s Low-Ball Defense Bidding Has Come Back to Bite Them

The company has lost billions of dollars and the pandemic is making things worse.

Threats

Navy: Just One Shipbuilding Option Gets Closer To Desired Fleet

A 3-star clarifies the three paths described in the Navy's recent longterm fleet plan.

Business

Lockheed Is Delivering F-35s Late—But the Pentagon Is Also Buying Them Too Quickly, GAO Says

More than one-quarter of recent jets are arriving behind schedule, but ahead of planned components that will require costly retrofits, the watchdog says.

Ideas

Plan Now for a 'No-Fly Zone' Over Taiwan

Thwarting a Chinese invasion depends on air defense, and that starts with these four steps.

Policy

The Navy’s New Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan Is More Like a Menu

With uncertainty rising at home and abroad, service leaders decided to offer Congress a trio of scenarios.

Science & Tech

The Military's 5G Gear Could Be Obsolete When It's Fielded

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

Business

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

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

Policy

Aviator Cancer Bill Would Push VA to Study Toxins Air Crews Faced, Assess Links to Cancers

Ground crew and flight crew cancers would be reviewed. So would the fuels, chemicals, and emissions they were exposed to.

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