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CT lawmakers vote against waiver for defense secretary nominee Mattis

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday voted against granting retired Marine Gen. James Mattis a waiver that would allow him to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of defense. Blumenthal was only one of three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote against a waiver. Continue Reading →

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Navy boosts projections for Virginia-class submarines

WASHINGTON — The Navy on Friday sharply increased its projections for how many Virginia-class attack submarines it needs from 48 to 66 – opening the door to boosting production to three subs a year. “It’s the first time the Navy has taken a new look at submarines since 2004, and it’s long overdue,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House approves stopgap bill that helps CT defense industry

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday helped pass a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown – and ease the way for the confirmation of retired Gen. James N. Mattis as the next secretary of defense – but there’s trouble in the Senate. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers torn between funds for subs and waiver for Mattis

WASHINGTON – A stopgap measure to fund the federal government would allow work to continue on a new Connecticut-built ballistic missile submarine while also expediting the controversial nomination of retired Gen. James N. Mattis as the next secretary of defense, posing a tough choice for Connecticut’s lawmakers. Continue Reading →

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Defense hawks hope Trump keeps vow to boost military spending

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a $619 billion defense bill and the Senate is expected to follow this week, but there’s a push to add F-35s, Black Hawk helicopters and other military hardware to the Pentagon’s shopping list early next year, right after President-elect Donald Trump assumes office. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Lame duck need not be lame

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to work this week for a lame-duck session aimed at trying to set aside partisan differences long enough to keep the government from closing. Connecticut’s two Democratic senators also hope some of the state’s priorities will survive in the next six weeks. Continue Reading →

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Clinton out-raises Trump in CT defense-industry campaign cash

WASHINGTON — Following a national trend, Connecticut’s defense workers and their bosses overwhelmingly gave to the campaign of Hillary Clinton while slighting that of Donald Trump. According to a Connecticut Mirror analysis, as of the end of August, the Clinton campaign raised more than $56,000 from individuals who work for the state’s defense industry, while the Trump campaign raised only $3,094. Continue Reading →

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Electric Boat plans major hiring, expansion to tackle sub ramp up

WASHINGTON — The man in charge of developing and acquiring the Navy’s weapons systems said it’s going to be “a tough ramp up” to get Electric Boat’s shipyards and another at Newport News, Va., ready to meet the nation’s need for submarines. The decline in the U.S. manufacturing base and the retirement of skilled tradesmen pose key challenges. Continue Reading →

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Senate defense bill holds the line on F-35s, Black Hawks

WASHINGTON — A Senate defense panel has been far less generous to Connecticut defense programs than it’s counterpart in the House, which had boosted the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes and doubled the number of Black Hawk helicopters the Pentagon had asked for. Continue Reading →

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Navy names EB prime contractor on new class of ballistic-missile subs

WASHINGTON — The Navy on Monday released a new submarine construction plan that makes Electric Boat the prime contractor on the costly Ohio-class replacement sub and shifts some work on Virginia-class subs to Newport News Shipbuilding. The total price tag of the Ohio-class replacement boats has been projected at $102 to $107 billion. Continue Reading →

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