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Naval Power

* The United States and China are engaged in great power competition, with the Indo-Pacific region a major potential flashpoint. National Defense will examine the balance of power in the maritime domain between the U.S. and Chinese navies.

Marine Corps-Navy Integration

* With China building up its naval fleet, the Navy and Marine Corps are planning to more tightly integrate their forces. Officials have said this will fiscally, operationally and strategically improve the sea services.

Shipbuilding

* The Navy is trying to bolster its fleet and bring new systems online as it faces off against advanced adversaries. The effort has major implications for shipbuilding and budgets.

Aircraft Carrier

* The Navy's big-ticket Gerald Ford nuclear aircraft carrier has faced a litany of problems that has led to cost overruns and schedule delays. The ship is now in a post-delivery test and trials period...

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