Lee Hudson

Lee Hudson was Inside the Navy's managing editor until June 2018. She has covered Navy and Marine Corps issues since 2011, reporting at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, aboard ships and military facilities around the U.S. Previously she worked as a staff reporter at The Daily Review in Morgan City, LA, covering local government and crime. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Marketing from Loyola University New Orleans.

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Daily News | July 14, 2015

The Marine Corps recently cleared two milestones to declare its F-35B Joint Strike Fighter variant operational by the end of July, according to a service spokesman.

Daily News | July 8, 2015

Lockheed Martin and Finnish vehicle manufacturer Patria mutually agreed to end their partnership for the Marine Corps' next-generation amphibious vehicle competition, according to a Lockheed spokesman.

Daily News | June 25, 2015

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford will prioritize funding efforts that facilitate distributed operations in the next budget cycle as well as mitigating risk for Marines operating in Africa and the Pacific.

Daily News | June 23, 2015

The Marine Corps will kick off its final operational readiness inspection of the Joint Strike Fighter short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing variant in mid-July before declaring the jet operational, according to a service spokesman.

Daily News | June 18, 2015

The Marine Corps recently completed the first-ever MV-22 Osprey landing aboard a Dutch warship, according to a service statement.

Daily News | June 4, 2015

The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin a $950 million advance acquisition contract for 94 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Daily News | May 29, 2015

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee in its mark of the fiscal year 2016 defense spending bill slashed $68 million from the Marine Corps' next-generation amphibious vehicle, according to documents obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Daily News | December 18, 2014

Congressional auditors estimate the first two ships of the Ford-class aircraft carrier program built by Huntington Ingalls Industries will exceed statutory cost caps by $1.7 billion, raising the prospect that lawmakers may have to loosen restraints designed to reign in the price tags of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79).

Daily News | December 10, 2014

The $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2015 spending bill Congress has fashioned reflects major discrepancies between the appropriations and authorization committees regarding the way ahead for the Navy.

The Insider | August 5, 2014

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada announced on July 24 that the Peruvian government had awarded the company a $67 million contract to equip Peruvian Marines with Light Armored Vehicles.

The Insider | July 16, 2013

The losing bidder on the Navy's multibillion-dollar Next-Generation Enterprise Network filed a protest today on the contact award, according to a company spokeswoman.

Daily News | May 31, 2013

All three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons development program in the Pentagon's history, are expected to reach initial operational capability by February 2019, according to a joint service report submitted to Congress today.

Daily News | May 21, 2013

A House subcommittee is recommending raising the cost cap on the Navy's Ford-class aircraft carrier by $1.2 billion, pushing the total cost of the project to $12.9 billion, according to a draft of the subcommittee's fiscal year 2014 defense authorization mark released today.

The Insider | March 5, 2013

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall told the National Defense Industrial Association yesterday that due to sequestration kicking in the Defense Department will likely be buying less equipment and signing fewer service contracts through the end of fiscal year 2013.

The Insider | March 4, 2013

One day after the law imposing sequestration kicked in, Navy Secretary ray Mabus laid out how the service will take immediate action in response to that law and the prospect of a yearlong continuing resolution.

Next month the Navy will shut down a carrier air wing and begin preparations to stand down at least three additional air wings, with two more slated to be reduced to minimum safe flying levels by the end of the year, he said in a March 3 message to the service.

The service will defer the deployment of the hospital ship Comfort to Central America and South America, will cancel or defer the deployments of up to six ships to various theaters around the world, will lay up four combat logistics force units in U.S. Pacific Command and will bring some ships home from deployment early, according to Mabus' message.

Mabus directs the Navy to begin negotiating contract modifications for any investment programs where the remaining unobligated balance will be insufficient after the sequestration reduction is applied. Major programs affected include Virginia-class submarine advance procurement, reactor power units and the Joint High Speed Vessel.

The Marine Corps will begin final planning to slow depot maintenance activities including reductions in non-permanent workforce. Also, the service will cease new enrollments in voluntary education tuition assistance, he wrote. On March 2, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos sent out a similar sequestration letter covering his service's planned sequestration actions.

The March introductory flight screening for future pilots and naval flight officers is canceled. The Navy will also cancel Blue Angels shows scheduled in April, which include MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX, Vidalia, GA and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC.

Navy recruiting media support is canceled in March and the service will reduce the majority of advertising contracts under contractual conditions.

“Navy department leadership understands the uncertainty that these and other decisions create both amongst our people and in the defense industry upon which we rely,” Mabus wrote. “The lack of legislative solution to avoid sequestration is deeply regrettable.

“That said, we must endeavor to deal with the situation as we face it, not as we wish it could otherwise be,” he added.

-- Lee Hudson

Daily News | February 28, 2013

The Marine Corps will have to choose between the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and the Marine Personnel Carrier if sequestration is implemented, according to a service official.

The Insider | February 21, 2013

Following a Pentagon announcement that all civilian workers would be furloughed if sequestration budget cuts go into effect March 1, the Navy's top officer released a memorandum yesterday stating that civilians are essential to the service's mission.

Daily News | February 21, 2013

The Navy reevaluated the contract ceiling for the legacy Navy-Marine Corps Intranet and has raised it to $6.1 billion, a $1.2 billion boost, according to a Feb. 20 Federal Business Opportunities notice of intent.

Daily News | February 19, 2013

The Navy has delayed eight installations of its multimillion-dollar Consolidated Afloat Networks Enterprise Services program due to fiscal uncertainty, according to a service official.

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