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    While the world is only becoming more dangerous, from ISIS to Russia, our men and women in uniform are being asked to do more with less resources. After years of reckless cuts to our military, it is time to begin reinvesting in the tools our warriors need to protect America's national security. I was recently profiled in Breaking Defense for my efforts to make sure our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are equipped with what they need to successfully accomplish their missions and return home safely. Our men and women in uniform deserve not...

    We have an Administration that crafted an over 2,500 page healthcare law, while its strategy to combat ISIS was a mere 7 pages. A Commander-in-Chief who vetoed funding for our military over funding for the IRS and EPA. A President with a program to hand out free cell phones while he’s sending our sons and daughters to fight on the frontlines with outdated equipment and insufficient training. Now, the Administration is planning to deactivate one of our Navy's ten Carrier Air Wings. The aircraft carrier remains the most fearsome weapon in the Nav...

    Forbes’ Legislation: Represents Highest Level of Shipbuilding Funding Since Reagan Era Authorizes 3 More Warships Than Administration Requested Protects 1/12th of the Navy Fleet from Inactivation Stops Administration Plan to Scrap 1 out of 10 Carrier Air Wings Represents “Down Payment” on the 350-Ship Navy America Needs Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released today the legislative language of his Subcommittee’s mark of the 2017 National D...

    Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released today the legislative language of his Subcommittee’s mark of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Chairman Forbes led the Subcommittee in producing a mark which funds and sets priorities for large parts of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. “The last eight years have shown that bowing down to bullies or ignoring them does not make them go away. We need to make sure that when we have men and wom...

    In 1987, the U.S. Navy had 594 ships. In 2003, it had 297. Today, the Navy has just 272 ships in the Fleet and is poised to shrink even further. This week, I chaired a hearing of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee on the need for a significantly larger Fleet, with witness testimony from former Navy Secretary John Lehman and former Fleet Forces Commander Admiral Robert Natter. Americans have succeeded at tough tasks many times throughout our history -- I know we can rebuild our Navy again and return to Ronald Reagan’s approach of “p...

    In 1987, the U.S. Navy had 594 ships. In 2003, it had 297. Today, the Navy has just 272 ships in the Fleet and is poised to shrink even further. This week, I chaired a hearing of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee on the need for a significantly larger Fleet, with witness testimony from former Navy Secretary John Lehman and former Fleet Forces Commander Admiral Robert Natter. Americans have succeeded at tough tasks many times throughout our history -- I know we can rebuild our Navy again and return to Ronald Reagan’s approach of “pe...

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on Russian aircraft provocations against the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) in the Baltic Sea: "The Russian regime has shown itself to be a thuggish, authoritarian detriment to the liberty of its own people and the peace and stability of its neighbors. From Georgia to Ukraine to these provocative passes over an American warship in international waters, Moscow has shown itself determ...

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) visited Wallops Island on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 to tour space facilities and meet with the Wallops Island Regional Alliance. His visit coincided with the Navy’s consideration of Wallops Island as the East Coast base for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft, which would require the stationing of up to 400 personnel plus family members at Wallops. "Wallops Island does important work, with tremendous potential to play an even more significant role for NASA, our national...

    It struck the heart of Christians in Lahore, Pakistan and reverberated across the world into the hearts of their fellow man. We were reminded, yet again, that the pain of the world seems rawer every day. Just a few weeks ago, ISIS affiliated jihadists targeted Christians with deadly bombings during an Easter celebration. Blasts went off near a play area for children at a Pakistani park, killing children and separating families. This was just the latest attack in the Islamic State’s intentional targeting and genocide of Christians and other reli...

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, announced that former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman and former Fleet Forces Commander Admiral Robert Natter will testify on the Navy’s ship shortfalls and the need for a significantly larger Fleet. “When John Lehman stepped down as Secretary of the Navy in 1987 we had 594 ships. When ADM Natter retired from the Navy in 2003 we had 297 ships. Today we have a fleet of 272 ships that is too small to meet the...

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