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A group of foreign military attachés representing some of the United States’ closest allies is asking Senate lawmakers to oppose House defense legislation that would strengthen “Buy American” requirements for some of the Pentagon’s largest weapons programs, according to a letter obtained by Inside Defense.

Pieter-Henk Schroor, a Dutch defense cooperation attaché who chairs the 25-nation Defense Memorandum of Understanding Attac...

August 31, 2020

From the report

Today, as a nation, we are in challenging times – engaged in a Great Power Competition, working through the ongoing pandemic, and engaged in a rigorous debate on equality for all. One thing remains unchanged however, and that is that the U.S. Navy protects America’s interests at home and abroad by maintaining maritime superiority, deterring aggression, and providing humanitarian assistance. The cornerstone of ou...

August 31, 2020

The Program Executive Officer for Ships wants any future ship class to maximize the use of mature technologies and to establish land-based testing sites for any new and unproven systems, to buy down risk and allow for “credible” fielding timelines.

Rear Adm. Tom Anderson said today that, coming into an era of flat budgets and a new force design that will likely call for several new ship classes to meet future needs, he had seve...

August 31, 2020

Please reach out to the members of Congress you know with this message: American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association Strongly Supports Buy American Requirements for Major Defense Programs in FY21 NDAA Conference.  

On behalf of the leading organization for the shipbuilding supplier industry in the United States representing the American workforce, the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) strongly supports pr...

August 12, 2020

The United States and Canada are renewing their trade war over aluminum, a move that will directly impact the shipbuilding industry. While there is no specific information on how much aluminum is used by the shipbuilding industry, in 2016 Aluminum Insider estimated that shipbuilding used more than 1 million tons annually primarily of rolled aluminum.

The latest trade war began on August 6 when President Donald Trump issued a pr...

WASHINGTON: One of the Navy’s primary suppliers of missile tubes for its nuclear submarines is planning to walk away from the military business, a move that will drop the number of domestic companies capable of doing the work to two at a time when the service is in a scramble to ramp up its sub-building efforts.

BWX Technologies President Rex Geveden says that the company is “not likely to pursue” any more Navy business and wil...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s path to 355 ships was unrealistic, prompting the Pentagon to delay the release of the Navy’s annual 30-year shipbuilding plan, the presumptive incoming head of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s in-house think tank told Senate lawmakers Tuesday.

The Navy is required to submit to Congress a 30-year plan for shipbuilding with its budget, but did not do so this year, which has raised consternatio...

The defense bill was approved Friday as part of a $1.3 trillion package that also included fiscal 2021 funding for labor, health and human services, and education; commerce, justice and science; energy and water; financial services and general government; and transportation and housing and urban development.

The package passed in a largely party-line 217-197 vote.

What’s in it: The defense appropriations bill, you’ll recall...

July 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. July 23, 2020 - The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) released a statement today expressing the organization’s disappointment to see OMB’s Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) for HR 6395, the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, include opposition to Sec. 825, the Buy American provision introduced as an Amendment by Congressman Donald Norcross of New Jerse...

July 16, 2020

The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) defends and supports the work of House Armed Services Committee (HASC) lawmakers who are working to pass legislation that will gradually strengthen existing “Buy American” requirements on the Defense Department’s largest Programs of Record (PoR).  The legislation would include language in the 2021 defense authorization bill directing major defense acquisition programs “sha...

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