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Keep 12 Carriers, It’s A National Imperative: Rep. Wittman

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The biggest story of the 2020 budget is likely to be the one we first reported: Amidst rising anxiety over whether the US Navy’s thousand-foot-long flagships could evade Chinese missiles in a future war, the Pentagon decided to cut the aircraft carrier fleet from 11 today to 10. The military would save tens of billions on overhaul and…

Rep. Rob Wittman: Shutdowns really ARE avoidable – Here's how to never have another one again

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Rep. Rob Wittman: Shutdowns really ARE avoidable – Here's how to never have another one again We just ended the longest government shutdown in American history. We reached a point of dysfunction that few had ever seen. With the State of the Union only days away, we are preparing to get to work on the president’s agenda for 2019, but also facing the threat of another…

The Jury Is Still Out on the Pentagon’s Audit

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The Jury Is Still Out on the Pentagon’s Audit The Department of Defense didn’t fail its audit—not really. “Failure” implies that the Pentagon failed to achieve its mission, but the real mission of the 2018 audit wasn’t to receive a clean bill of accounting health. Rather, it was to get our feet squarely planted on the ground, see where we are and where we need to be, and to…

Congress must back America’s war fighters with a budget cap deal

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Congress must back America’s war fighters with a budget cap deal As we begin a divided 116th Congress with government funding uncertainty, Congress will soon find itself in another financial predicament — securing defense spending levels on par with the needs of our Department of Defense. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 allowed for important growth and investments in…

Defense spending: critical to Virginia's economy

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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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

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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…