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Navy calls for 'urgently' fast-tracked new weapons to counter Russia and China

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File photo: The USS Shiloh (CG-67) cruises through the waters of the South Pacific Ocean. (Credit: Getty Images)

File photo: The USS Shiloh (CG-67) cruises through the waters of the South Pacific Ocean. (Credit: Getty Images)  (2004 Getty Images)

The Vice Chief of Naval Operations told the force there needs to be an intense and concentrated effort to speed up weapons and technology acquisition for the specific purpose of countering massive military gains by both Russia and China.

“We need to scale up in a wildly unpredictable environment, as we see the reemergence of true existential threats. We face a new era of great power competition,” Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, told an audience at the annual Navy League Sea Air Space Symposium.

Moran emphasized that although threats like Iran and North Korea are still quite relevant, major power competition – with rivals such as China and Russia - needs to take center stage as the Navy seeks to both expand in size and sustain a technological advantage.

“We need to act with a sense of urgency,” Moran stressed.

In the context of talking about urgency, Moran specified fleet growth and “agile” acquisition; he said the service was on a “good vector” to reach its goal of 355 ships.

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