Megan Eckstein is the naval warfare reporter at Defense News. She has covered military news since 2009, with a focus on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, acquisition programs, and budgets. She has reported from four geographic fleets and is happiest when she’s filing stories from a ship. Megan is a University of Maryland alumna.
The U.S. Navy is trying to improve its readiness while reining in the rising costs of maintenance and modernization. While these goals can seem at odds, the service’s first stab at this effort allowed it to boost its fighter jet mission-capable rates.
A federal mandate requires contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early December, but the defense industrial base has been left wondering what this means for its workers who refuse the shot. Guidance is expected soon.
Carlos Del Toro will release a strategic guidance document this week that outlines how the Navy will maintain maritime dominance, strengthen strategic partnerships and empower sailors to succeed in competition against China.
A new unmanned and artificial intelligence task force in the Middle East will begin using off-the-shelf gear to boost maritime domain awareness in the region, first gaining trust in the systems and then applying them to real missions.
The short-term budget deal approved by Congress freezes billions of dollars in planned Pentagon acquisitions programs, as well as some of President Joe Biden’s top priorities to deter China. It could be months before they move ahead.
The Navy reorganized its entire submarine acquisition and sustainment enterprise to address current and potential future issues as the service builds a new class of ballistic missile subs and crawls out of the bottom of an attack sub shortfall.