Staying focused on national security
Knowing of our shared interest in defense and maintaining national security, I wanted to share an article with you that highlights my efforts to grow the size of our Navy as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.
My goals for the subcommittee are to lay out a reasonable path to a 355 ship Navy, boost the base defense budget, and ensure our ship and submarine building industrial base can handle that increased capacity. A larger Navy will better allow our military to deter our adversaries, support our allies, and respond to threats around the globe.
I will keep you informed of the subcommittee's progress in these areas as we move into debate on the annual National Defense Authroization Act (NDAA).
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.
March 27, 2017
House Seapower Chair Wittman Outlines Committee Agenda
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The new head of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces committee presented an outline of his priorities including moving aircraft carriers to four-year build cycles, funding ships incrementally and learning how fast the shipbuilding industry can ramp up to meet the Navy’s 355 ship goal.
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), formerly the chair of the HASC readiness subcommittee, set out the focus of his agenda leading up to crafting the Fiscal Year 2018 authorization bill to start a plus up from the current fleet of 275 ships.
“The debate in our subcommittee will revolve around two things,” Wittman said on Wednesday at the annual McAleese/Credit Suisse “Defense Programs” event.
“What are we doing to rebuild our Navy? What are we doing to get to the 355 ships that are both reflected in the force structure assessment they just did and are also reflected in the president’s proposal? Where are we with shipbuilding capacity? What can our shipyards do?”
Answering the shipyard question is one that will start with a report from the Congressional Budget Office that will assess how able the U.S. industrial base can accommodate the demand for a 355-ship fleet.
Read the full article here.