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Wittman OpEd on a ready Reserve Force

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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 ...

Surface warfare training and career

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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 futu...

Rob Wittman: Many rural areas need access to high-speed internet

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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 livi...

America's dangerous submarine shortage

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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. ...

COLUMN: Utilizing career and technical education to bridge the skills gap

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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...

Extending the range of the Air Force with the B-21

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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 i...

Growing the Navy requires a plan to save money, congressman says

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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 ...

Continuing Resolutions are a Bad Way to Do Business. Here's Why.

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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 operat...

Free Lance-Star: Nation's strategy to defeat ISIS must evolve

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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...

VA Delegation Urges President to Continue Federal Support For Port of VA’s Craney Island Project

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WASHINGTON – Virginia’s congressional delegation is urging President Obama to support funding to expand the Port of Virginia. In a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Robert Hurt (R-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Don Beyer...