The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian said the U.S. Navy needs more ships with the protection and firepower to survive an advanced adversary, not just “niche platforms,” weeks after she ordered cuts in the $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program.
Furloughs of the U.S. military’s civilian workers that began yesterday will show their effects as the week goes on, from elimination of Saturday hours at a base pharmacy in Washington state to a potential slowdown in repairs on Patriot missile interceptors in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Navy has two years to convince critics, from lawmakers to some in its own ranks, that its troubled $37 billion Littoral Combat Ship program is worth continuing beyond the 24 vessels already under contract.
A shake-up is under way on the congressional committees that oversee national security and defense just days after elections that did little to change the balance of power in the U.S. Senate and House.
Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. reported weak sales at their information technology units and predicted the operations will drag down revenue next year, especially if automatic U.S. budget cuts take effect.
It’s enough to make a member of Congress take notice: the prospect that hundreds of thousands of U.S. defense workers will receive you-may-be-fired warnings in the mail shortly before the Nov. 6 election.