ICYMI: Congresswoman Luria Discusses Navy Priorities in CIMSEC’s Sea Control Podcast

January 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Last week, the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) featured the insights of Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08) in a recently released “Sea Control” podcast. This podcast focused on commentary about the importance of investing in the Navy’s industrial base, meticulously developing shipbuilding plans, and how Congress should get involved in developing new force structures.

Click here to listen to the CIMSEC podcast.

As a 20-year Navy veteran, U.S. Naval Academy graduate, and Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Congresswoman Luria is committed to ensuring our Navy has the resources and guidance needed to succeed. During the podcast, she expanded on many of the same subjects her recent CIMSEC article covered. 

“It was a pleasure joining this podcast to discuss the future of our Navy and the role of Congress in national defense,” said Congresswoman Elaine Luria. “A thriving Navy is an integral part of our national security and our local economy in Coastal Virginia. In Congress, I will continue fighting to ensure the Navy has the tools it needs to successfully execute its vital mission.”

Congresswoman Luria spoke about the Secretary of Defense’s new Battle Force 2045 plan, which seeks to expand the U.S. Navy’s fleet to 500 ships. The Congresswoman emphasized the importance of investing in ship maintenance infrastructure needed to ensure our current fleet can deploy. She also acknowledged that the Navy must stay at the forefront of innovation but must thoroughly vet and test new technologies and ship models to maximize the taxpayer’s investment and ensure these initiatives will achieve their goals. Toward the end of the podcast, Congresswoman Luria and Congressman Gallagher discussed the need to modernize the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which reorganized the Department of Defense and enhanced civilian control over the military.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.