The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in its annual report said that Chinese naval forces could dominate the western Pacific by 2020. It recommended that Congress boost defense funding so the Navy could increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific to at least 60 ships.
Two sailors aboard the USS Chancellorsville were burned.
The admirals were placed on temporary leave and stripped of their access to classified data.
There appears to be little hope that blocked Navy undersecretary nominee Jo Ann Rooney’s fortunes will change in the Senate.
Several senators who are backing New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D) push to take sexual assault cases outside the chain of command said Wednesday they also support her hold on Rooney, President Obama’s pick to be undersecretary of the Navy.
She placed the hold because of the nominee's comments on prosecuting military sexual assault cases.
Lockheed Martin has filed a protest of the Navy’s decision to award a radar contract to competitor Raytheon.
Raytheon was awarded the $386 million contract earlier this month to produce the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) for the Navy’s next iteration of Arleigh-Burke class destroyers. The contract could be worth up to $1.6 billion through 2017.
The Navy awarded the contract to Raytheon over Lockheed and Northrop Grumman.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Thursday she was “extremely disturbed” at a Navy nominee’s testimony suggesting sexual assault cases should not be based solely on evidence.
Gillibrand criticized Jo Ann Rooney, who has been nominated to be undersecretary of the Navy, during Rooney’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
Gillibrand read Rooney’s written testimony aloud at the hearing, in which the Navy nominee explained why she was opposed to Gillibrand’s proposal to take sexual assault and other criminal cases outside the chain of command.
An official said that the decision was made when it became apparent an al-Shabaab leader could not be captured.
Congress will hold its first hearing this week on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 people dead, including the shooter.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday will examine government security clearances and background checks, two areas that have come under security.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) has said he wants to learn more about what happened in the case of Aaron Alexis, the Navy contractor who carried out the killings.
Lawmakers have questioned why Alexis, who had several gun-related arrests on his record, was able to maintain his security clearance after leaving the Navy and becoming a contractor.
The U.S. nuclear command has suspended its Number 2 official amid a gambling investigation, the Associated Press reports.
Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina was quietly suspended on Sept. 3 as deputy of Strategic Command, which is in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces, the AP reported. Giardina is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Command for issues related to gambling, according to the wire service.
Giardina has been suspended from “all duties that include oversight of nuclear materials or nuclear issues, or that require a security clearance,” a StratCom spokeswoman told the AP. He remains assigned to the Omaha-based command, however.
Giardina is a career submarine officer who joined StratCom in December 2011 after serving as deputy commander and chief of staff at the U.S. Pacific Fleet command in Honolulu. His suspension was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.