SECNAV Del Toro Tells Industry to Hold Down Costs, Resist Requirements Creep

Attack boat Vermont (SSN-792) float-off on March 29, 2019. General Dynamics Electric Boats Photo

The Navy needs to resist “requirements creep” in changing designs to complete its number one strategic priority, the Columbia class ballistic missile submarine program (SSBN-826), Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said on Monday at a virtual conference hosted by the Southeastern New England Defense Industrial Alliance.

Del Toro stressed that the defense industry needs to be equally observant in holding...

Del Toro Sworn In As Navy Secretary; White House Nominates Navy General Counsel

Carlos Del Toro, a former surface warfare officer and destroyer commander, was sworn in as the 78th secretary of the Navy late Monday.

During a private evening ceremony at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., Navy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment Meredith Berger swore Del Toro into the position, according to a Navy official.

On Tuesday, Del Toro joined Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on a visit to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to see the...

SECNAV Del Toro’s First Message to the Fleet

The following is the Aug. 10, 2021 first message from Secretary of the Navy Carlos to the Department of the Navy.

To our Sailors, Marines, civilian employees, and their families and loved ones:

Today, together, we again embrace the most sacred duty – defending our nation and working to build a world more defined by peace than conflict.

I join you as someone who loves the Navy – who spent twenty-six years in uniform and another seventeen striving to make sure you had the capabilities you needed to...

Senate Confirms Del Toro as Next Navy Secretary

The Senate confirmed the White House’s nominee to lead the Department of the Navy in a voice vote late Saturday.

Carlos Del Toro, a former surface warfare officer, is the final Defense Department service secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.

The Cuban-born Naval Academy graduate served in the Navy for 22 years in uniform before working as a Pentagon civilian and then as the head of a Northern Virginia information technology firm. He will be the second Hispanic SECNAV following Edward Hidalgo...

Harker: Navy, Marine Corps Must Fix More Business Practices to Improve Readiness

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – While the Navy and Marine Corps have fixed problems they’ve identified in their business practices, the service’s top official said it still needs to correct some weaknesses to improve readiness.

Speaking at the Navy League’s 2021 Sea Air Space conference, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker said the top-to-bottom audit of the Pentagon and military departments “highlighted ways in which we can operate more efficiently and...

SASC Advances Del Toro’s Secretary of the Navy Nomination to Senate Floor

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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday approved President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as the Navy’s top civilian, paving the way for a vote on the Senate floor.
The panel approved Carlos Del Toro, a former surface warfare officer, via a voice vote, the committee said on Tuesday.

Carlos Del Toro

Del Toro appeared before the panel earlier this month as part of his confirmation process to serve as Navy secretary. During his hearing, the former destroyer commander confirmed his...

SECNAV Nominee Del Toro Supports Growing U.S. Fleet as China Expands Influence

Sailors aboard Chinese missile destroyer Xi’an during the military parade marking Russia’s Navy Day on the sea near Kronshtadt islet off the shore of St. Petersburg, Russia on July 28, 2019. Xinhua Photo

President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as the Navy’s top civilian had a congenial confirmation hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, with the nominee echoing calls for a larger fleet to balance out a rising China.

Carlos Del Toro, a former surface warfare officer and...

SECNAV Nominee Del Toro’s Written Statements to the Senate

The following is the written statement and answers Advance Policy Questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee prepared for the July 13, 2021 nomination hearing for Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.

From the statement

Mr. Carlos Del Toro
Nominee to be Secretary of the Navy
Senate Armed Services Committee
July 13, 2021

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Distinguished Members of the Committee.

I am honored to appear before you as President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the...

SECNAV Nominee Del Toro Will Appear Before Senate Next Week Ahead of Budget Markups

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The nominee to serve as the top Navy civilian will appear before the Senate next week, as Congress prepares to mark up the annual defense spending and policy bills.

Carlos Del Toro, a former surface warfare officer and destroyer commander, will testify in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 13 along with four other Pentagon nominees.

Del Toro would be the second Hispanic Navy secretary should the upper chamber confirm him to the position.

His testimony follows recent...

White House Taps Carlos Del Toro as SECNAV Nominee

A former surface warfare commander and president of a small information technology firm is the Biden administration’s nominee for the long-vacant top job in the Department of the Navy, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to USNI News on Friday.

Carlos del Toro, a Cuban-born Naval Academy graduate, has been the current chief executive officer of SBG Technology Solutions for the last 17 years.

Carlos Del Toro

Del Toro served in the Navy for 22 years, including the commissioning commanding...

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