Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA), currently leads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs under the Department of the Department’s most fiscally austere budget. Defense of recent memory.
He has led the GDR since 2008 and has overseen some of the Navy’s most complex shipbuilding programs. These include the San Antonio Class (LPD-17), the Bulk Purchase of the Littoral Fighting Ship (LCS) and the Next Generation Class Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), between others.
With the passage of the Budget Control Act (BCA) in 2011, Congress and the President put in place a series of mechanisms intended to force consensus on a roadmap for the country’s long-term fiscal stability. But instead of compromise, feuds and discontent among the country’s political leaders have led to successive budget confrontations and short-term budget fixes, the last of which expires in just a few weeks. The effects of the budget stalemate have been particularly severe in the Department of Defense (DOD), and the threat to the country’s armed forces grows daily.
The Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet told a morning hearing at the 2013 WEST convention that the Pentagon’s decision to rebalance its focus on Asia and the Pacific is strategically sound militarily and is vital in helping to ensure a stable global economy.
Admiral Cecil D. Haney noted that 15 of the world’s 20 largest seaports are in Asia and the Pacific, and that $ 5.3 trillion in world trade passes through the South China Sea alone. âObviously, we in the United States of America have an interest in this area,â Haney said.
Kidnapping dominated the first day of WEST 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday, with Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offering a sober assessment on the limits of US military might if the additional $ 500 billion in military cuts go into effect.
At a joint press conference Thursday afternoon, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs announced the end of the 19-year-old policy of exclusion from combat. The removal of existing gender barriers will be implemented on a rolling schedule: departments must report on initial plans by May, and by January 2016 all areas should be open to qualified members of departments, regardless of or their sex. Timeframes are provided to give services time to comply, determine how to request desired waivers, and assess resulting questions or concerns. The end of the fight against the policy of exclusion seems anticlimactic but absurdly necessary.
The Pentagon announced yesterday that it will end its official policy prohibiting women from serving in combat roles on the ground, opening approximately 230,000 positions to women in the military. The unexpected decision by outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has met with mixed reactions and many questions remain about the practical effects of the decision.
Thursday’s announcement by Panetta, who was joined by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, resolves one of the latest political disparities between men and women in combat, allowing women to join the infantry, artillery, armor and other fighting. -Coded positions previously reserved for men only, including special operations elements. But, as the policy shift knocks down some of the last remaining walls for women in uniform, it also poses serious questions for policymakers, including the status of women vis-Ã -vis the selective service system.
Proceedings, January 2013
A keen observer of defense spending trends takes a look at dollars and common sense and looming budget challenges at the Pentagon.
In recent times, the defense budget headlines have focused on forcible confinement, as criticism has grown over the so-called fiscal cliff. Most of the coverage has focused on defense officials predicting dire consequences for the Department of Defense (DOD), or industry officials warning of job losses and collapse certain technological sectors and associated companies. The US Naval Institute recently hosted the Defense Forum in Washington with a program titled “The Fiscal Cliff: What Does It Mean for Defense and National Security?” The conference focused on kidnapping and its impacts. Speakers and panelists offered different perspectives on the impact, ranging from a disaster to a simple ‘pothole’, and from the occurrence of irresponsible to a fait accompli that should happen to bring about fundamental changes in the world. DOD.
Peter H. Daly, CEO of the US Naval Institute gives the opening speech and William J. Lynn III gives the opening speech.