Beyond The Ford: Navy Studies Next-Gen Carriers

Breaking Defense – The Future Carrier 2030 Task Force, which the service will announce next week, will study how carriers stack up against new generations of stealthy submarines and long-range precision weapons being fielded by China and Russia.

Air Force Boss Alludes To Work On New Top Secret Air-Launched Anti-Ship Weapons

War Zone – The US military sees the ability to reach out with airpower and take out enemy ships as increasingly critical to beating a major adversary.

Push to base six US Navy destroyers in Spain could be gaining steam

Defense News – The U.S. Navy’s four guided-missile destroyers in Rota, Spain, could soon get company. Senior U.S. military officials are pushing hard to get two more destroyers forward-deployed in Europe, and the move appears to have the support of top Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Suppose There Was a War and the Merchant Marine Didn’t Come?

USNI Proceedings – Without the ships and mariners of the U.S. merchant marine, the nation could find itself with military forces deployed overseas with no means to feed, arm, or sustain them.

USS Eisenhower Leads Exercise To Clear Atlantic Shipping Lanes

Breaking Defense – The Navy is doing something it hasn’t done since the 1980s — test its abilities to win in a contested crossing of the Atlantic.

Operating at the Edge of Chaos: Enhancing Maritime Superiority Through People

CIMSEC – Continuous learning environments, opportunities for multi-disciplinary research in warfighting concepts and technology, and expanded Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) training, as envisioned in the CNO’s FRAGO, provide important opportunities to master new skills. But do they do enough to prepare the force for the complexity and chaos likely to characterize the future maritime environment?

Trump called for a 350-ship fleet, but his budget falls short of even Obama-era goals

Defense News – Despite campaigning on a 350-ship Navy, U.S. President Donald Trump is on track to leave office with a fleet smaller than the 308 ships called for by the Obama administration.

US Navy submarine spotted with massive damage to its “stealth” coating

War is Boring – The USS Colorado (SSN 788) was spotted with significant cracking along her hull, though she remained structurally sound and the damage appeared to only affect the Special Hull Treatment, an anechoic coating used to absorb sound waves.

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A New Carrier Strike Group Staff For Warfighting and Warfighter

CIMSEC – The Carrier Strike Group staff could benefit from an overhaul. The complexity of the future fight in terms of surveillance, maneuver, and fires call for a level of synchronization and expertise in planning that the current staff is unprepared for.

Sub vs. Sub: ASW Lessons from the Cold War

USNI Proceedings – The U.S. Navy needs to relearn lessons from the Cold War era and rebuild as it confronts a Russian and Chinese threat that is smaller but considerably more capable that its predecessors.

The Navy Wants A Rapidly Deployable Version Of Its Cold War Era Submarine Monitoring Network

War Zone – The containerized concept would allow various types of ships to readily emplace these sonar arrays wherever and whenever necessary.

An Integrated Approach to Peer Competition in the Undersea Warfare Domain

USNI Blog – Today, some U.S. military leaders would contend that the antisubmarine warfare (ASW) blade is dull because of a lack of attention during the global war on terror. U.S. forces track adversary submarines with MH-60R helicopters, P-8 Poseidon aircraft, surface ships, and submarines. Together, this array of tools could pose a serious challenge to U.S. adversaries. But the U.S. Navy currently does not collate these tools into a sufficiently coherent unit.

Strengthening the U.S. Defense Maritime Industrial Base: A Plan to Improve Maritime Industry’s Contribution to National Security

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments – CSBA’s report finds that a robust maritime industry, and the policies that support it, are increasingly important in an era of great power competition.

Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs

USNI News – The Navy intends to deploy its conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon on Virginia-class attack submarines, after previous discussions of putting the weapon on the larger Ohio-class guided-missile submarine (SSGN).

The US Navy is planning to get serious about a next-generation large surface combatant

Defense News – The U.S. Navy in 2021 is planning to kick off a five-year research, testing and design effort for its next generation of large surface combatant.

Fixing first four littoral combat ships not worth it, US Navy says

Defense News – The cost of upgrading and repairing the first four littoral combat ships is too high and it’s better just to decommission them, the U.S. Navy’s budget director said during the service’s budget roll-out.

As China expands navy, US begins stockpiling ship-killing missiles

Defense News – The stunning growth of the Chinese fleet over the past decade has prompted the U.S. Navy to plan a full-on buying spree of ship-killing missiles over the next five years, according to projections in the sea service’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget documents.

Navy’s New Shipbuilding Plan ‘Dead on Arrival,’ Lawmakers Say

USNI News – The proposed Navy shipbuilding plan that cuts a Virginia-class submarine, a frigate and an oiler that were previously planned for FY 2021 received immediate bipartisan pushback from the House and the Senate.

Here’s the timeline for the US Navy’s next-generation frigate

Defense News – The Navy is expected to buy its first next-generation frigate this year, so here’s what the next few years are going to look like in FFG(X)-land.

US Navy looks to hire thousands more sailors as service finds itself 9,000 sailors short at sea

Defense News – The Navy is pouring money into its manpower budget as the number of unfilled billets on ships has swollen to 9,000 — up 2,750 from last year.

Navy Cuts Super Hornet Production to Develop Next-Generation Fighter

USNI News – The Navy wants to truncate production of the legacy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in favor of pumping money into accelerating the development of its long-gestating next-generation carrier-based fighter program.

Esper backs a bigger Navy fleet, but moves to cut shipbuilding by 20 percent

Defense News – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is calling for a 355-ship fleet by 2030, but for fiscal 2021, shipbuilding took a big hit in the Defense Department’s budget request.

Navy Gets First Bell-Boeing CMV-22B: What It Means

Breaking Defense – The Navy’s Osprey differs from the Marine Corps and Air Force versions, boasting an enhanced fuel capacity, which required wing modifications to deal with the greater weight.