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January 25, 2016 Press Release
“The strong hiring outlook for Electric Boat this year will provide a profound boost to the economy of our region and the state,” said Courtney. “As this morning’s presentation clearly shows, the growth in investment in submarine programs over the last several years - and more ahead- is driving growth not just at Electric Boat and the southeastern Connecticut region, but across the state-wide network of suppliers and manufacturers that support this critical work."
Today, our surface warfare combatant fleet consists of destroyers, cruisers and the littoral combat ship. Due to the truncation or cancellation of recent surface navy recapitalization programs such as DD(X) and CG(X), our Navy is forced to rely on ships that were designed decades ago with different security challenges in mind. As a result, even if we achieve the shipbuilding levels laid out in the Navy’s current 30-year shipbuilding plan, we still face sustained periods of shortfalls in both our small and large surface combatant fleet. That means that we have to ensure that we are doing all we can to not only build up the size of our surface fleet, but also do more with the fleet we have.
December 2, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A fund established last year to break out the Ohio-class Replacement nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) from the Navy’s traditional shipbuilding budget could cut the $100 billion price tag for the 12 boomers by up to 10 percent, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.
As we look ahead to the difficult fiscal picture we face in the coming years, it is going to be more important than ever that we utilize every tool available to us to ensure that we build the fleet we need. This is no time for business as usual, and we must consider every option to provide the resources stability and support needed to make critical investments in our future fleet.
In terms of power projection, technology, flexibility, and global presence, it is hard to argue that there is any stronger component of American might than the aircraft carrier. Today, aircraft carriers are deployed throughout the world, on station when and where our country needs them most. They occupy a key role in our national strategy, providing a permanent and mobile presence in some of the globe’s most contentious hot spots.
Our undersea capabilities remains one of the most distinctive and asymmetrical advantages for our nation. One of the greatest challenges we face, however, is the rapid developments in undersea sensors, capabilities and platforms around the world. The reality is that this significant and hard-earned edge in the undersea realm is perishable if we do not do all we can now to maintain this core advantage for the future.
October 27, 2015 Press Release
“The award of the contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber today is an important and welcome step forward in ensuring that our nation retains our critical strike and power projection capabilities.” Courtney said. “As testimony before our subcommittee has shown definitively, our nation’s ability to project power and strike from far distances is a cornerstone of our warfighting capabilities – both now and well into the future. In the coming months, Congress must do all it can on a bipartisan basis to support this program, while also providing the necessary oversight to ensure successful execution. As ranking member of the House Seapower and Projections Forces Subcommittee, I look forward to working with the Air Force, industry and my colleagues in Congress to ensure success of this critical national priority.”
That is why the development of the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, is integral to defeating those A2/AD challenges, and to advancing our nation’s power projection abilities. I strongly support the LRS-B program, and Congress must do all it can to ensure that it moves forward without delay. While our witnesses will be limited on what they can say about the program in this setting, I look forward to their testimony on the need for retaining our long range strike capabilities and the status of the program to date.
September 28, 2015 Op-Ed
Earlier this month, five Chinese naval warships entered U.S. territorial waters off the coast of Alaska. In acknowledging the transit of these vessels, the United States made clear we viewed this action as well within the rights of China — and any other nation — to conduct innocent passage through the legitimately established territorial seas and nonthreatening military activities within the exclusive economic zone of another country.
LRS-B will occur in a time of intense budget pressure, not just within the Air Force alone but across the entirety of the Department of Defense. Yet, with the aircraft expected to be in service well into this century, it is important that we get this right. As such, is it important that this panel, and the nation, fully understand the challenges ahead and options available to ensure that we retain credible and robust long range strike capabilities well into the future.