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including terrorists but also arms traffickers and drug traffickers. the world of business, which increasingly big network supply chains, global corporations and the world of non-governmental os. i think of all those actors as web actors, as increasingly important actors, but we don't have strategies for how to bring them together. >> watch "afterwards" sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span 2's "book tv." next, a 2018 budget request for the navy. the deputy assistant navy secretary took reporters questions as congress makes its way through the budget process. this is about 40 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. welcome to the next brief. we are admiral brian luther is the director of the department of the navy's fiscal management
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branch. he is going to deliver his presentation, roll out the navy's budget and then we'll go over some ground rules and take some questions. >> good afternoon. as he mentioned i'm brian lute luther and i want to thank you ft. opportunity to brief the fiscal year 2018 president budget submission in which i will address our portion of the second step of the department of defense's multi-year effort to restore readiness. the brief will be broken into four parts. the first will briefly review the current and evolving strategic guidance. the second, provides the operational context in which the naval forces operate in today's world. the third i'll review historical challenges that underlie the requirement for the current readiness reset. and finally,ly provide a summary by appropriation group. the national level guidance that provided us the mission sets which drove the operations of the last decade are under review. earlier this month the department of defense began a defense strategic review. this brief will not provide fit up or procurement quantities due
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to the on going review and possible change to mission sets in fore sizing constructs. the cooperative strategy for 21st century c power informs naval force employment across the listed naval missions to balance readiness against current fiscal challenges in a global security environment that is volatile, unstable and increasingly competitive. senior leaders from the secretary of defense service secretaries and chiefs to service resource sponsors and program managers have briefed and testified to the growing challenges and sense of urgency to respond to the advanced capabilities increasing pace of development demonstrated by potential adversaries. despite fiscal challenges the global employment of naval forces remains extensive. over 100,000 sailers and marines are forward based or deployed around the world and op rited across the baltic, black, mediterranean and red and arabian seas, the atlantic, indian and pacific oceans and on
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the ground in 37 countries. a few examples are participation in harnt resolve to include the dwight d. eisenhower and george g.w. bush. the uss ross around barrier responding to syria's use of chemical weapons. amphibious ready groups for the 11 and 24th marine units deploying a short to provide support in northern syria. marines from the second marine expedition force assisting afghan partners. u.s. which embarked coast guard law enforcement detachments seizing over 5,000 kilograms of contraband. the unss spearhead conducting civil military operations in gaud mall la, honduras and columbia. 100 marines in the air ground task force southern command uss and elements of the 24th again
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provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the people of haiti after hurricane matthew. sailer and marines participate in the baltic sea region. on the other side of the world the largest international marry thyme exercise brought together 26 nations including china along with 40 ships and submarines over 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. a u.s.-led naval training maneuver near the gulf of guinea navy's pr five african countries tracked the hijacked tankers through their waters and successfully freed the vessel and rescued the hostages. horn of africa, u.s. naval forces command, operates the united states sole forward operating base on that continent. earlier this year, the marine corp.'s relocated their first operational squad ran of f 35 bs
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and increased the capability combat element in australia with four -- overall, the navy remains deeply engaged operating at a high tempo in harm's way providing options for national leadership, assuring allies and deterring adversaries. there is no expectation that demands will slow down based on the last 15 years pursuant on this slide. which shows deployment lengths have been increasing as the fleet has been decreasing 40%. the chart shows fleet size in gray starting in 1993, annual deployments in blue and deployment lengths shown by the green line. the department of navy deployed a growing percentage of the fleet by increasing the average length of deployments. the optic is clear, a smaller force, more heavily used will burn out faster. the recent oversubscription of naval forces that accelerated the ageing of our ships and aircraft, carolina esed may want innocence requirements and
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compressed training and maintenance schedules is shown in more detail here. this shows the last four years of sea based deployments. the red line depicts the maximum number of deployable ships the department of navy can provide. known as the optimize fleet response plan. services as force providers must balance the needs of generating the current and future force requirements with available funding. the blue area represents the actual number of deployed shifts by month. the box in the upper right is the oversubscription for that year. is worth noting that the average use of last four years is 5% more than the funding provided could generate. the oversubscription of deployed forces combined with bca reductions exacerbates the production of nondeploying forces and readiness enabling accounts. an ill lusteetive example is
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aviation spares. this slide represents funding in associated full mission capable rate for the last 17 years. first, high sustained operating tempos require sustained levels of higher funding. second, readiness trance lag fundings both ways. third, it's difficult to maintain fmcm multiaircraft it's harder when the force is heavily used and harder still when the force is ageing. in all too often a bill payer is key to maintaining capabilities. the funding profiles on this slide are familiar. the black line is the 2012 budget. the last time strategy and budget were aligned. the red is the funding by bca and the maroon is the enacted budgets. every one of which was delayed by a continuing resolution. is worth noting that the final enacted budget for the first two years of bca were below bca and that the fy 17 budget when
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submitted last year was 3.9% below the president's budget of 2016. this forced the department to make hard choices to balance during which only three areas were exempted. deployed and next to deploy forces, personnel, and shipbuilding. shipbuilding being the least reversible of our mitigations. the take away, however s not the dollars, although important. the take aways are what the profiles represent. a strategy funding mismatch budget instability combined with consistent and lengthy crs most importantly the squandering of a precious resource of time. time that should be spent maintaining our tactical advantages. every year we operate under the mismatch and cr we pay a price in time, decrease productivity and reduce purchasing power beyond showing reduction in funding the area between the black and maroon lines by year represents the decline in training of nondeployed sailers and marines a decline in
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material conditions of ships of aircraft of ground equipment and shore facilities and the total area between the lines represents the urgency with which we should address this short fall. reversing this trend and rebuilding the readiness of the current force was the guidance from secretary of defense mat tis. his budget direction was clear improve war fighting readiness which was addressed and enacted in fy 17 bill. restore program balance by continuing to rebuild readiness and filling holes in this submit. and finally after the defense strategic review is complete and during the next president's budget submission, build, capacity and improve lethality. additional guidance from the secretary was to gain full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense thereby earning the trust of congress and the american people. to undergo an audit in fy 18 the marine corp. will be under full financial audit this year.
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2018 president's base increased 12.3 billion from 159 to 171.5 billion in this submit. operations and maintenance increase to 54.6 military personnel increased 2 billion to 47.6 billion. procurement accounts increased 800 million to 49.5, research and development 500 million to 17.6 billion and infrastructure increased 370 million to 2.2 billion total. the next section of slides will provide a detailed overview of how the department addressed by appropriation requirements to enhance readiness to increase personnel increases how the ships aircraft and ground vehicles will be sustained, the proper training or personnel preparation for their deployments and how we maintained our ship procurement profiles made difficult tradeoffs in aviation and enhance weapons procurement and made investments in key technologies to better posture us. these important to note, however the effects of multiple years of
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insufficient resources can not be corrected by the increase of one budget year. the department will require stable, predictable funding over multiple years to achieve sustained positive results. the ship maintenance fund 100% using base and oco funds and funds ten additional ship availabilities for total of 71. complies with current 246 law by end of fy 16 and six krudsers. this will also fund an additional induction. infunds lsd midlife modernization and increases planning, engineering and man power to align the work force to the projected workload and modern i.t. infrastructure at a rate above benchmarks to improve work force performance. we continue to lempl the skill sets and capacity of industry to augment our efforts. and for the future we work to continue a backlog of deferred maintenance currently stands at $3.5 billion. the ship operations growth from
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fy 17 to 18 is comprised of increases from 13 new warships in the inventory as well as increase of two ships msc fleet. fuel prices leads to minor growth in this program. using base oco, ship operations funds as with the 17 request, 58 days deployed and 24 under way when not deployed. in this submit, aircraft depot maintenance is funded to capacity, 89% of the requirement. this is increase from last year where we funded air maintenance to 85%. capacity is limited to different reasons at our fleet readiness centers. some are limited by the hiring of civilian personnel. other by ageing tools and materials. in all cases, we are investing to correct these limitations. the flying hour program funds flight operations for naval fleet squad rans and air training. it is funded to the maximum executable level.
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the growth is driven by increased costs per hour, primarily for repair parts to return nonmission aircraft to service. the unavailable aircraft are primarily legacy hornets with some mv some mv-22s and ch-53s, echoes included. in the past we were underresourced to fund flying hours. this out of balance funding contributed to ready basic aircraft gaps. executing the training and political flight hours requires more than just flying and depot maintenance funding. it requires aviation logistics, aviation support, and funded in apn aviation spares. the aviation logistics support was increased 6% to a high of 87% of the requirement. these logistic requirements are funded at an all-time high and we anticipate future growth as more f-35s end the fleet.
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aviation support, primarily program related engineering and logistics, was funded higher in '17 but not to 100%. this account also funds critical chain initiatives to increase hiring of planning, engineering, and maintenance support manpower to align the workforce to the projected work flow. aviation spares is funded to the highest level in years, at 91%. for the marine corps, they'll maintain the equipment they have and prioritize investments in key programs. the marine corps force 2025 will provide a rapidly deployable scaleable force, able to succeed across the full spectrum of conflict. the marine corps is nearing reset from the centcom area of responsibility. funding remains at 79% which is executable at the depot and is consistent with previous funding levels. funding for operating forces is
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indicative of our operating concept. it includes increased investments in net centric information technology services, operations and maintenance for six additional ground air task radars or gator. the marine corps's next generation radar. spares for small unmanned aerial systems. and network on the moves, systems bought in the last two fiscal years and supports 35 systems being procured in fy '18 as we bring this critical capability to our deployed forces. the navy marine corps installations provide physical environments essential for the individual unit and total force training, material sustainment, unit recovery and equipment reconstitution. the submit funds facility sustainment at 78% for the navy and 74% for the marine corps. while these levels are roughly 17% higher than '17, they're down 84% for navy and 87% for
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marine corps funded in fy '16. the funding will be prioritized to preserve critical facility performance and perform maintenance that affects the health and safety of sailors, marines and their families. however we continue to carry risk in facility sustainment and will need to closely monitor the condition of our facilities. this submit exceeds the 6% legislative requirement, 10% is provided across the shipyards and 8.7 for need readiness center and marine depots. as always, our ability to successfully complete our mission rests on the navy and marine corps team. sailors and marine, active duties and reserves, our civilian teammates and all our families. retaining the force for the navy is continuing support sailor 2025 program, which is composed of supporting modern
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teaching initiatives focused on providing the right training at the right time, and increased sailor readiness. shareholder submit funds a pay raise of 2.1% in line with the enacted pay raise in '17. both services align and strength and force structure for the active navy force the net increases an additional 4,000 billets to fund 327,900. this increase is due in part to cruiser modification, lcs blue and gold crew concept, the joint strike fighter operational requirements, support to increase marine corps and strength, for example core men and chaplains, expeditionary stage base 4. reductions occurred in the major headquarters activity billets and recruiters following consolidation of regional headquarters recruiting districts. lastly, for the active component, this request increases funding for the navy
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permanent change of station to begin recouping navy risk in funding constraints and unwritten orders for sailors. the navy reserve shows a modest increase as we complete a period planned growth in progress forever the last six years. the growth areas are cyber, unmanned, and shipyard surge maintenance. additionally, our navy operational support centers with security personnel to protect our sailors against threats. for the marine corps, the marine corps is the nation's crisis response force which provides the nation with the ability to provide to unexpected creasies from humanitarian systems and disaster relief efforts to major great operations. the summit funds 185,000 marines in a reserve strength of 38,500. the end strength provides overall dwell ratios of one to two for active forces against
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the sustained goal of one to three and one to four for reserve forces. a year-long review which focuses on the changes necessary to successfully operate in the increasingly complex environment and it billion a balanced mag tap. it includes the establishment of a group to increase defense cyber operations and communications, increased reorganized aviation intelligence support and its intelligence battalions, new infantry battalion to size and increase fires through high mars rocket utility battalion. the budget funds the civilian workforce with regard to restoring readiness. to accomplish this, the department's full-time equivalent increased at shipyards to meet scheduled maintenance and to reduce the backlogs that have accumulated over the last decade. overall the navy working capital fund fte increased for engineering for support for an
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expanding profile of airframes, for s.t.e.m. personnel, for nav subpersonnel needed for weapons support, for cyber support, to handle aviation maintenance backlogs. it also funds an additional 226 civilian guards to protect department of navy installations. the department remains committed to complying with the mha and the budget reflects a decrease of 310 fte for headquarters. overall the civilian personnel numbers highlighted here reflect the essential role in our civilian personnel play in our mission's success. the department appreciates the continued strong support of congress. changes in this budget from the president's fy '17 plan reflect congressional action which added an lcs and an lpd. new construction totals remain the same in the submit submitted last year. other construction totals
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reflect key shipbuilding efforts in this submit are, the columbia class program. it continues with its second year of advanced procurement funding for the lead ship. ssbn 826. 826 remains on schedule to meet its first deployment in 2031. procurement funds, to comply with law any appropriate sen already deposited in the national sea based deterrence fund. we are using two authorities, continuous production of compartment components and advanced construction. we plan to award the next aircraft carrier, "uss enterprise," in march of 2018. cvn 80 is incrementally funded with 1.$1.89 billion requested. 2.6 requested for the "john f. kennedy." cvn 79 is on track to deliver within the cost cap. two virginia class submarines are requested and they are the
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final two block four boats in the fy '14-'18 multiyear contract. two destroyers will be a flight three ship funded with the advanced initial defense radar and are requested as part of a ten ship multiyear. one littoral combat ship is funded. two surface warfare mission packages are in this submit. it also includes the first procurement of the surface to surface module which will provide over the horizon capability against surface threats. for amphibious ships, we are requesting the second and final funding for the lh-8, expected to be awarded in june. the second t-205 replacement requested in '18 along with advanced procurement for future oiler. the oiler contract was awarded in '16 for one ship and five priced options for future oilers. the '18 is the first of those
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five priced options. the department is requesting a second combined towing rescue and salvage ship with a planned award in 2018. the department appreciates the continued support of congress and aviation procurement. changes in this submit from the '17 plan reflect congressional action which added six total f-35s, 12 f-18s, two zula cobras, one mq-4. procurement totals for the summit decreased from 99 to 91 aircraft, a reduction of five zulu cobras and five tritons were cut with one p-8 added. year aircraft included include 14 f-18 super hornets with four charlies and 20 bravos. to address shortfall, while we continue the transition to a fifth transition fighter.
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on the rotary side, there was a small decrease in the zulu cobras, specifically to fund a comprehensive strategic recovery plan aimed at maintaining combat relevance through capability improvements. the 53-k replacement for the echo helicopter completed its milestone c review in '17. low rate initial production for aircraft continues in '18, leading to an ioc in '20. this summit requests funds to procure the first six navy cnc-22s to replace the c-2. forecast for the navy variant is fiscal year '21. this includes the production buy for navy and marine corps. for our unmanned systems, continued procurement of three mq-4 tritons. and the mq-8 fire scout
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production was truncated because sufficient inventories on hand to meet planned lcs deployments. the program will continue to be assessed as the lcs and frigate program progresses. in weapons procurement, a net decrease of ten weapons with reductions funding optimalness of weapons. the small diameter bomb adds moving target capability for the f-18 and f-35. quantities were decreased to procure refresh missiles which will replace 85% of the components. the c was delayed from '17 to '18. the '17 funding will be used to maintain ioc for '19. due to the delay, no missiles were requested in this submit. in ship order weapons, the navy
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added 100 tomahawk missiles for savings. 66 to replace those expended in the red sea and syria, and 34 baseline missiles. it also begins procurement of modernization kits to be installed in fy '19 with recertification. the navy decreased ram block two quantities to invest in merging complex grade threats. this submit includes initial procurement of the block 2 procurement and the harpoon block 2 plus mods. the block 2 replaces the guidance section with an improved seeker and the harpoon provides an expanded capability to provide more accurate targeting. the navy increases the buy of the surface to surface missile module to provide lcs the ability to protect sea lanes and move forces quickly through a choke point or other strategic waterways. the submit provides substantial
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investments to modernize capabilities in order to continue to overmatch our adversaries. it includes key investments in cybersecurity to ensure resiliency in operational technology, advanced efforts to outpace the threat in electronic warfare and information warfare domains is supported by the consolidated float network and enterprise services and the navy multiband terminal system. various ship and submarine modernization efforts include the tactical system which provides submarine sonar, imaging, electronic warfare systems and advanced electronic warfare and attack capabilities. the ddg modernization ensures that fleet mods meet or exceed expected service life. another enabling spares is funded to 85% of the requirement. the marine corps and pnc continues to balance ground equipment, procurement, and
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future development to support the current fight while modernizing to dominate a future fight. it funds major programs including the procurement of 527 joint light tactical vehicles, three gator systems and the initial procurement of 26 amphibious combat vehicles. procurement of weaponry in ongoing contingency operations and general purpose bombs, jdam guidance systems and airborne rockets, ranging from guns on destroyers to precision guided artillery. while there is general agreement, we must increase the size of the fleet, the urgency associated with budget uncertainty and increasing global volatility requires that we implement improvements in concept development, research and development, and rapid fielding efforts to accelerate the fielding of advanced capabilities that will provide our fleet a force multiplier effect. in the r&d appropriation,
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science and technology funding remains steady at payroapproxim $2 billion per year. the columbia blaclass submarine provides strategic weapons system integration and ship design efforts. capability assessments to ensure the multimission frigate paces future threats. the f-35 is funded for 2018. the next generation jammer and the f-18 fatigue life expectancy, including unmanned and undersea vehicles to increase endurance and payload delivering capability. there's funding for navy cyber situational awareness, enterprise workforce and building control systems. the navy invested $50 million to establish the digital warfare office whose priorities will include setting requirements, prioritizing resources and
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leading efforts related to information and systems operability. we've increased investments in laser technology to accelerate delivery of more laser capabilities to the fleet. it builds on successes with lasers in the low power module with a future investment of $107 million. the navy is focused on increasing the speed with which we provide war fighters with critical war fighting capabilities. to facility this, the navy implemented an urgent needs and accelerated acquisition policies for the maritime accelerated capabilities office or maco program and the rapid prototyping experimentation demonstration or rped projects and the amphibious contact vehicle. for family housing are a 13% increase compared to '17. it funds 35 projects, 18 for the navy and 17 for the marine corps. the program focuses on targeted
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investments that provide maximum readiness and war fighting capability to include ship and repair training facilities, paint blast and rubber facilities, repair facilities for avionics and lift fans, recapitalization for chambers field, indian island, and mayport. forces in guam and okinawa and privatization and oversight of the department's family housing worldwide. overall this budget provides the investments required for the navy and marine corps to execute its missions as assigned, against the backdrop of complex global security and challenging physical environments, it reflects the best balance of investments across our readiness inputs of people, ordnance, networks and information. balanced resources provides a wholeness to the force that will allow to us maintain
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capabilities and capacity to accomplish the missions of today and the future. this completes my review. i look forward to your questions. >> just we have about nine minutes. so i'll be quick with the ground rules. of course this is on record for attribution. when i point to you, please state your name and affiliation and please limit your questions to today's brief. >> reporter: megan eckstein. you spoke of this being a readiness year and not necessarily a growth year. but navy and industrial based folks have talked about for the program needing three ships to keep the base healthy and the lpd 29 hull to help the transition to lxr. i was wondering what the discussion was as you were putting this budget together around those two. >> so as you said, the guidance was fix, fill the holes for '18. but the industrial base is a consideration for the shipyards, for airplanes, for weapons.
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so we -- the direction was clear, fill the holes first. then as we go forward for the future, we'll look at the industrial base and we will conduct a review to ensure that we understand truly what a mum sustained rate is for an acquisition program. and then we will review what is sustainable. the goal for the navy is to have both shipyards available to compete for the ffx competition down the road. so we would respond accordingly in the out years if it was necessary. >> reporter: admiral sidney freedberg, "breaking defense." compared to the obama plan from last year, for fy '18, this was an out year, are the same number of ships being built and the exact same type of ships being built and i believe the aircraft are very similar, difference of 99 -- what type of was coming down in that?
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>> what type of airplanes? we reduced some f-35s were reduced. and as i mentioned, the zulu, there was five zulu cobras. but they self-funded their modernization program. so they took quantity and then bought capability with that. we truncated the buy of the fire scout because we have sufficient inventory on hand to address that. i think those were the three major ones. >> reporter: i'm with "aviation week." what was the reason for the decrease in f-35-c's this year? and i didn't see any mention of the next generation aircraft fighter, can you just explain why there's no mention of it and what's the plan for that? has it been delayed? >> i'll start with the first.
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so to continue the theme of '17, we had to make hard choices. and so we maintained a readiness, we had to balance somewhere. we tried to hold the line as best we could in our procurement accounts. but if there was something -- so reducing just two f-35s allowed to us maintain the ioc in '18 for the f-35. so we made a hard choice, and -- but maintained the risk to allow us to maintain ioc. so that was a cost/benefit analysis on that. >> reporter: it's deferred? >> the f-35s? we'll look at that as we go forward with the defense strategic review. all the out years, and, you know, i think mr. roth mentioned this earlier, right, as we go through, those ten mission sets will be examined. those ten mission sets are the driver for the utilization of the forces. if something comes out saying hey, we need a different construct, that may drive. my expectation is we will
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continue to fly airplanes off aircraft carriers and we'll procure the aircraft inappropriate to the dsr when it comes out to august and september. for your ffx, i'll have to -- i don't have that off the top. i'll get back to you on that. >> reporter: can i just clarify, you said -- or limiting those aircraft allowed you to get to ioc in 2018. >> we maintain ioc, right. >> reporter: where does the money go, like how does that work? >> i can't take you as this is a dollar and fund it through. i will tell you in the aggregate, we increase funding, for example, in aviation spares. so aviation spares is a high level. we went those enabling accounts, pre, prl. so we brought engineers to do disposition for the maintenance. we brought people to handle the ioc for the jff. the two airplanes for jff may
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have been programmatic to increase the airplanes in the other accounts. >> reporter: justin, "inside defense." i think it was about a billion dollars requested for just one lcs. ships have been coming in at $500 million. so why do you need that much money for just one lcs? >> i'm not familiar that we askeds for a billion dollars for one lcs. >> reporter: the second part, how does the budget set up the transition to the frigate going forward? >> as i mentioned earlier, we'll take a look to maintain an industrial base that remains competitive. in the r&d effort, we're funding the effort to ensure we know what it neaeds. we're on pace for the award for the ffx. that's the end state we want to do. >> reporter: you mentioned in brief that 4 sail,000 sailor wa
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going to be apportioned, i was wondering if you could go more granular, this many for the blue and gold concept, this many for the expeditionary core base. >> if you'll give me a second to get to it, i can. actually it's -- this is a delaying technique. i have to go to the other brief. i know that approximately 2,000 are in ia and ttph, the overhead associated with the friction. so we can get sailors to their ships on time. there was a thousand for cruisers. modification 450 for the lcs blue and gold concept. 373 to support the ioc for the jsf. support for the marine corps was 163. and the expeditionary staging base was 100. that adds up roughly to about 4,000.
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>> reporter: "sea power." with regard to the single lcs for 2018, does that represent a single hull design? >> the intent is to have two shipyards competitive in 2020. the navy seeks to have a competitive bidding process. >> reporter: chris cabs, "defense news." my understanding is omb wanted to add another lcs to this budget to make two, but the submission is for one, the obama request. is there the possibility of the navy submitting an addendum to this or a modification to this request and going up to two ships? >> as i know today, we are not submitting an amended budget submission for a second lcs. >> reporter: do you plan on submitting an amended budget submission right now? >> as of right now, i have not been directed to create nor submit an amended budget submission.
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>> thank you, everyone. if you have followup questions, you can direct them to me, and terry as well. fbi director james comey goes before the senate intelligence committee on thursday as part of the committee's investigation into allegations of russian tampering in the presidential election. in march, then-director comey testified before the house intelligence committee about his goals for the investigation. here is what he had to say. >> i have been authorized by the department of justice to confirm that the fbi as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. and that includes investigating the nature of any links between
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individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. as with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. because it is an open, ongoing investigation, and is classified, i cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining. at the request of congressional leaders, we have taken the extraordinary step in coordination with the department of justice of briefing this congress's leaders, including the leaders of this committee in a classified setting in detail about the investigation. but i can't go into those details here. i know that is extremely frustrating to some folks. but it is the way it has to be. for reasons that i hope you and the american people can
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understand, the fbi is very careful in how we handle information about our cases and about the people we are investigating. we are also very careful about the way we handle information that may be of interest to our foreign adversaries. both of those interests are at issue in a counterintelligence investigation. please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that i may not be able to comment on certain topics. i know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because i say that i can't comment. >> president trump fired mr. comey last month. the former fbi director will testify on thursday before the senate committee investigating russian activities before last year's election. we'll have coverage of the open hearing at 10:00 a.m. eastern. watch online at c-span.org or listen to the free c-span radio
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app for apple and android devices. sunday night on "after words," new america president and ceo ann marie slaughter examines global networking in the digital age in her book, "the chessboard e& the web." she's interviewed by the former white house chief of staff in the obama administration from 2013 to 2016. >> what would strike me was that we knew there was a world of states and state threats. today, if you think about north korea or iran or sometimes china and russia, that world of state to state relations is still very, very important. and i think of it as the chessboard world, because it's the world of how do we essentially beat our adversaries and we think about a move and we try to anticipate what move
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they're going to make. and that world is there, and it's very important. but equally important is what i call the world of the web. that world of criminal networks, including terrorists, but also arms traffickers and drug traffickers. the world of business, which increasingly big network supply chains, global corporations, and the world of non-governmental organizations. i think of all those actors as web actors, as increasingly important actors. but we don't have strategies for how to bring them together. >> watch "after words," sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2's book tv. the pentagon held a series of briefings after the president released his 2018 defense budget request. major general james martin addressed the priorities of the air force. this is 40 minutes.

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