and with the budget constraints of
recent years has reduced its ability
to surge carrier strike groups from
five deployed and two in 30-day
surge readiness to about half of
“Post 9/11, the Navy entered a
semi-permanent [period of]
surge,” he said. “This was con-
sumption. Now we need to recapi-
talize. The Navy has to reconstitute
Daly warned that, with con-
strained resources, “we’ve gotten to
the point where we have to run the
race a little differently” and that
there is a “realization that we’ve
got to step down enough for main-
tenance and modernization.”
Fitzgerald, former commander,
Naval Forces Europe/Africa, point-
ed out some advantages of deployed
carrier strike groups.
“The first thing an aircraft carrier
does is bring power for the president
to control a crisis,” Fitzgerald said.
“Two, it allows you to operate
without caveat,” he said, pointing
out that the only airpower that
struck at the Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria for the first 54 days of
Operation Inherent Resolve was
carrier-based, free from the need
for foreign basing permission.
“Third, an aircraft carrier brings
with it a lot more than a ship with
jets,” he said, noting the command
and control, electronic warfare,
self-defense and strike capabilities
of the carrier strike group.
“Fourth, it provides persistence.”
Farley, however, questioned the
wisdom of the size of the Navy’s
investment in carriers, saying that
large-deck amphibious assault
ships could assume some of the
burden placed on carriers and may
represent a less costly procurement
path. He said that he sees amphibi-
ous assault ships filling in for CVNs
in the future and, in some cases,
performing more effectively.
“The carrier faces a very significant threat to its existence: its cost,”
Farley said, saying that the cost can
reduce other naval capabilities.
■ Boeing has officially opened
Boeing Research & Technology-Alabama, a new 80,000-square-
foot facility devoted to the creation
and development of analytics and
simulation technologies. The facility will serve as the company’s hub
for collaborative technology development with academic institutions
and research partners in analytics
and simulation in the Southeast
United States. Steve Swain will
lead the new center.
■ Global Diving & Salvage Inc.,
based in Seattle, is opening a new
office near Long Beach, Calif., to
support the company’s core service
lines in the Southwest United States;
Marine Construction, Casualty
Response and Offshore Support.
Danny Broadhurst, Global’s California operations manager, is the
manager of the new facility.
■ The Boeing board of directors
elected Dennis A. Muilenburg as
the company’s 10th chief executive
officer (CEO), succeeding W.
James (Jim) McNerney Jr.
Muilenburg, had served as Boeing
president and chief operating offi-
cer since 2013. McNerney contin-
ues as its chairman of the board.
The company named Bernie
Dunn president of Boeing Middle
East, based in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates (UAE). Dunn previously
served as president of Boeing
Turkey and North Africa. He suc-
ceeds Jeff Johnson, who was
named vice president, Business
Development and Strategy, Boeing
Military Aircraft, earlier this year.
The company also named Tim
Noonan vice president of Training
Systems and Government Services,
replacing Bob Gower, who retired.
Noonan previously served as vice
president of Boeing’s Phantom
■ Cubic Corp. has appointed
retired VADM David Buss as vice
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returns to its homeport at Naval
Station Norfolk, Va., July 3 following a docking planned incremental availability
period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.