Wicker: NDAA Bill Pursues Balanced Naval Force

Posted by Eric Haun
Friday, December 20, 2013
Roger Wicker

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, has voted in favor of the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation authorizes $625.1 billion in funding for America’s national defense.

“Funding our military and defense operations is essential to the safety and security of every American,” Wicker said. “Passing the NDAA bill ensures that our troops receive the resources necessary to protect America’s national interests here and abroad.”

Wicker included a provision to ensure that the Navy pursues a balanced force structure. This provision requires the Commandant of the Marine Corps to provide a report to Congress on the number of amphibious ships the Corps needs to fully execute its operations abroad.

“Ensuring our Navy is provided with a robust and capable fleet is of utmost importance to U.S. security. Sustained production of the next generation of amphibious ships is critical to the ability of our brave sailors and marines to defend our nation.”

Wicker also included several provisions to bolster the military’s ability to carry out its missions and keep our troops as safe as possible. Wicker also authored a prohibition on foreign governments constructing satellite GPS stations in the United States.

“I was shocked to learn last month that the Obama Administration was in negotiations with President Putin to allow the construction of Russian GPS ground stations on U.S. soil,” Wicker said. “I am pleased the legislation will prohibit Russia from building ground monitoring stations in the United States that could allow Russia to gather intelligence and improve the targeting of its missiles.”

An additional provision offered by Wicker and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., could help prevent military suicides by requiring a pilot program to screen service members for mental health problems and refer them to behavioral health specialists.

“The increase in military suicides and mental health issues among our veterans is heartbreaking,” said Wicker. “The Donnelly-Wicker provision is a step in the right direction as we seek to uphold our responsibilities to our newest generation of heroes.”

Wicker was instrumental in other key provisions, including a prohibition on the implementation of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) for one year. As ranking member of the Airland Subcommittee, Wicker also secured the construction of light utility helicopters and unmanned aerial aircraft for use by the nation’s armed forces.
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures

Migrants Reaching Europe by Sea Soars 10-fold

Ten times as many migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea in the first six weeks of the year as in the same period of 2015, and the number of deaths also soared,

Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.

News

Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities

All Ships’ Ballast Water Checked in Great Lakes Seaway

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report    The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) released its

Port of Oakland Plans for Terminal Closure

Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes; ships move to neighbor berths; Saturday and night gates to help cargo flow   The Port of Oakland

Eye on the Navy

Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures

Migrants Reaching Europe by Sea Soars 10-fold

Ten times as many migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea in the first six weeks of the year as in the same period of 2015, and the number of deaths also soared,

US Warship Rescues Mariners in Distress

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) came to the rescue of distressed mariners at sea, February 7.   Ike received a distress

People in the News

OTC Names 2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on Tuesday, 3 May, in Houston.   As part of the

ABS' Tikka Elected Foreign Member of NAE

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the election of ABS Europe and Africa Division President Dr.

Great Lakes Shippers Set Top Priorities

North America’s largest mining, manufacturing and agricultural companies have helped identify four top priorities to improve the competitiveness of Great Lakes shipping,

Government Update

Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities

AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking

Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1034 sec (10 req/sec)