Educating the public and our elected officials on the importance of strong sea services has been an important part of our programming since 1902.
National Security Briefings
In February 2014, the New York Council of the Navy League launched a new program, the National Security Breakfast Series — Tomorrow’s Challenges. Noted Naval Historian RADM Joseph Callo, USN (Ret) authored the program. The program continues today with the goal of encouraging a more forward-looking perspective on national defense, and is in line with the public education mission of the Navy League.
Speakers are often flag officers, senior government officials or leading academics. The audience typically brings together senior and mid-range professionals, many with either a military background or a strong interest in national security matters. The sessions are held in the morning or mid-day, usually at a venue near Grand Central Station, and attendees enjoy a buffet meal before the session begins. Each talk is followed by a question and answer session, plus time for networking.
Some of our recent briefings can be viewed above. For information about upcoming sessions, please see our events calendar on the homepage.
Raise your voice to Congress by participating in the email campaigns below. New York Council members also participate in the Navy League’s bi-annual Congressional Fly-In and local briefings. In the third quarter of 2019, regional Navy League members sent 127 emails to Congress and had four meetings with members of Congress.
Government Funding Watch
The Senate passed its first spending package by a vote of 84-9 Thursday, October 30, for the fiscal year 2020 that began October 1. The $214 billion includes funding for the Maritime Administration with just $91.1 million for port infrastructure in FY20, more than a $200 million reduction from FY19 and $130 million less than what the House proposed. The Navy League sent a letter to the Senate urging members to match the House number. Despite bipartisan support, this legislation has a difficult path to becoming law, as the House and Senate still need to come to agreement on funding levels.
The Defense spending bill was also blocked Thursday, as negotiators haven't been able to agree on what to do about the Administration's reprogramming of funds for the border. Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced his proposal for a slimmed down version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 as negotiators work to break the border wall impasse. The so-called “Skinny NDAA” contains the 3.1% military pay raise, along with bonuses, counter-ISIS authorities, F-35 materials and LCS maintenance authorization. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adams Smith (D-WA) has said that the work-around isn't necessary and that it is important to come to agreement on the comprehensive bill. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) argues that in fact a "skinny NDAA" isn't necessary and "may reduce the incentive" to pass a full bill later.
siGN UP FOR VOICE-TO-CONGRESS ALERTS
Voice-to-Congress is an initiative to keep Navy League members up to date on legislative issues that impact the sea services and informs them how to take action. To read up on legislation, get in contact with elected officials in your area and receive alerts, please go to the Navy League Voice-to Congress site.