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  • Defense spending: critical to Virginia's economy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on December 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans, Taxes & Economy

    Defense spending: critical to Virginia's economy Virginia’s critical role in our nation’s defense is undeniable. The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to 27 military bases, representing every branch, along with the Pentagon — the headquarters of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the largest office building in the world. While Virginia contributes much to our nation’s defense, the commonwealth also reaps some benefit as the DoD contributes to our economy by providing hundreds of thousands of job... Read more

  • Wittman OpEd on a ready Reserve Force
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on August 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman OpEd on a ready Reserve Force While news cycles and memes have recently focused on the future Space Force, I believe we need to first focus on another, already existing force: the Ready Reserve Force (RRF). The RRF functions as the nation’s emergency seafaring logistics arm, ready at a moment’s notice to support rapid worldwide deployment of U.S. military forces, namely, the Army and the Marine Corps. Until recently, for one reason or another — budget cuts, low prioritizati... Read more

  • Surface warfare training and career
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on June 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Surface warfare training and career It has been nearly nine months since the USS McCain collided with Alnic MC off the coast of Singapore, and almost 11 months since the USS Fitzgerald collided with MV ACX Crystal south of Yokosuka, Japan. While I applaud the U.S. Navy’s efforts to address the root causes of these tragic collisions, I believe more must be done to prevent similar events in the future. This is my third article on this important topic to ensure we do not lose sight of our responsib... Read more

  • Rob Wittman: Many rural areas need access to high-speed internet
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on May 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation & Infrastructure

    MOST AMERICANS TODAY rely on the internet to carry out everyday tasks. Whether they are balancing their checkbooks through online banking platforms or sending emails, access to high-speed broadband has become essential. When you woke up this morning, you likely opened your smartphone to read through the morning news or scroll through your social media. Well, for nearly 40 percent of Americans living in rural areas, these everyday conveniences are unavailable due to a lack of access to high-speed... Read more

  • America's dangerous submarine shortage
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    America's dangerous submarine shortage Over the past few years, China has quietly improved the lethality and survivability of its attack submarines, building nine new nuclear attack submarines with quieter engines that will make Chinese submarines harder to locate and neutralize in a wartime scenario.Not to be outdone, Russia is embarking on its own modernization of its nuclear attack submarines. But in the United States, our submarine force is shrinking. Currently, the Navy has just 52 attack s... Read more

  • COLUMN: Utilizing career and technical education to bridge the skills gap
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    COLUMN: Utilizing career and technical education to bridge the skills gap IT ALL starts with a spark, a twinkle in the eye of a student who has found her passion, solidified his future. He might have just completed a career and technical education (CTE) program in manufacturing technology. She may have figured out a high-level math problem. One thing is sure: These two students are on their way to achieving their dreams even before receiving a high school diploma. But the United States is fallin... Read more

  • Extending the range of the Air Force with the B-21
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Extending the range of the Air Force with the B-21 When Lt. Col. James Doolittle took off from the USS Hornet in his twin-engine B-25B Mitchell medium bomber in April 18, 1942, he couldn’t have imagined the immediate impact his raid would have on the outcome of World War II or the long-term impact it would have on bomber operations. Lt. Col. Doolittle and his “Raiders” successfully engaged their intended targets and shook the resolve of the Japanese, who were now acutely aware that the United St... Read more

  • Growing the Navy requires a plan to save money, congressman says
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Growing the Navy requires a plan to save money, congressman says Our nation continues to address regional security challenges in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, including the contentious South and East China Seas and an increasingly belligerent North Korea. These challenges, along with those posed by Russia in the Mediterranean Sea and elsewhere, are a serious threat to the United States which must be met with strength, resolve and a realistic plan. The U.S. Navy will continue to play a vital role... Read more

  • Continuing Resolutions are a Bad Way to Do Business. Here's Why.
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Appropriations, Reforming Congress

    In the age of procrastination and irresponsible spending in Washington, continuing resolutions have become a comfortable fall back for Congress. Instead of buckling down, skipping the archaic breaks, and getting spending bills done in time for measured debate, lawmakers look to last-minute, stop gap measures to fund the federal government. The last time Congress was able to maintain regular operations without a continuing resolution was in 1996—two decades ago. I’ve said before that continuing r... Read more

  • Free Lance-Star: Nation's strategy to defeat ISIS must evolve
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    The November terrorist attacks in Paris have led to some critical self-reflection here in the United States. In the aftermath of the slaughter that left at least 130 dead (the body count continues to rise) and some 100s more injured, Americans have linked arm-in-arm with our oldest ally—mourning the dead, pledging increased military support and redoubling our collective resistance to fear as a way of life. But this “act of war,” as French President Francois Hollande called it, has implications b... Read more

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