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June 29, 2020

Available for download below are two amendments that US Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) has filed to S. 4049, the FY2021 NDAA that SASC reported out of committee week before last. The bill is on the Senate floor this week.  Members of the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) are asking US Senators from their states to co-sponsor this amendment that addresses procurement of goods for the FFG-Frigate Program.  This legi...

The House Appropriations Committee plans to mark up the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill on July 8, according to a letter Chairwoman Nita Lowey sent to lawmakers last night.

The defense subcommittee is slated to begin marking up its bill around 3 p.m., according to spokesman Evan Hollander.

The military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee is scheduled to mark up its bill July 6 at 8 p.m.

Lowey has not yet announc...

June 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the full committee and subcommittee markup schedule for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021.
 
House Armed Services Committee Subcommittees will consider their contributions on the following days and times:
 
Monday, June 22, 2020
11:...

The Senate Armed Services Committee has finally given the green light to purchase two new missile subs. This is great news. One can only hope that now the defense-industrial base can actually get it done. There is reason for concern.

Much has been written about how few major defense contractors are left on the playing field. Where once robust competition occurred, now there is little to drive excellence. Consolidations, mergers...

June 10, 2020

JONES ACT 100TH ANNIVERSARY

HON. JOHN GARAMENDI

OF CALIFORNIA


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mr. GARAMENDI. Madam Speaker, tomor- row June 5 marks the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act, our nation’s federal law guaran- teeing a fleet of US-built, flagged, crewed, and owned vessels ready to serve the American people.

The current coronavirus global pandemic has reminded us all the critical importance of this...

The House Armed Services Committee is tentatively looking to report a defense authorization bill, or NDAA, to the floor by early July so that the House can potentially pass the measure later that month, a knowledgeable House aide said Thursday. 

House leaders have yet to finalize the NDAA schedule. But planning is underway on when and how members might write the fiscal 2021 version of the bill, which every year sets policies an...

June 10, 2020

Bryan Clark is a Senior Fellow with the Hudson Institute and co-author of "Strengthening the U. S. Defense Maritime Industrial Base." He is an expert in naval operations, electronic warfare, autonomous systems, military competitions, and wargaming.

The U.S. Navy’s award this month of the contract for its new class of frigates starts the very necessary process of rebalancing the U.S. surface fleet, but the competition also highlighted the U.S. shipbuilding-industrial base’s increasing fragility.

If they lost, two of the four shipyards bidding on the frigate were at risk of either going out of business or joining the underemployed ranks of U.S. commercial shipbuilders. Due...

April 14, 2020

United States Marine, Inc. Lands Contract to Build USSOCOM Vessels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today lauded the award of a $108 million defense contract to United States Marine, Inc. (USMI) of Gulfport to produce vessels for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

“This is excellent news for talented craftsmen at USMI,” Wicker said. “This Mississippi-based company...

April 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today praised the award of a $1.5 billion contract to a Mississippi shipbuilder as part of federal actions to promote national security, jobs, and the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Navy has awarded the contract for Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula to construct a new San Antonio-class amphibious transport d...

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