Author Archives: Rich Abott

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Defense Watch: Navy Reforms, USAF Radios, New IARPA Head

Navy Reforms. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer earlier this month told reporters that 78 of 110 recommendations made by the Strategic Readiness Review and Comprehensive Review have been implemented. Those reviews were set up in the aftermath of four Naval mishaps in the Pacific theater, two of them involving deadly destroyer collisions with civilian […]

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GAO: Military Services Do Not Track All Aviation Mishap Data, Do So Differently

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the information the military collects about aviation mishaps found the services do not track all relevant data and each have different standards, making it hard for the Department of Defense to analyze trends. The report said each service’s safety center does not collect standardized aviation mishap data. […]

The Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

IBCS Completes Fourth Army Test

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) demonstrated an ability to scale up across long distances during a successful five-week long U.S. Army test, the company said on Wednesday. The multi-node distributed test occurred with Army air and missile defense assets spread across over 20 nodes from White Sands […]

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) operating in the South China Sea in  2013.
(Photo: U.S. Navy)

GD NASSCO Nabs $148 Million Contract For USS Cowpens Modernization

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics’ [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) a $148 million contract for the FY ’18 modernization of the USS Cowpens (CG-62). The firm-fixed price contract covers a “long-term” modernization period availability for the Ticonderoga-class cruiser that includes modernization, maintenance, and repairs. The contract includes options that, […]

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) transiting the Pacific Ocean in 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HII Awarded $188 Million To Prepare For CVN-74 Overhaul

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a $188 million contract for advance planning to prepare for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) work on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. This award provides for the first year of RCOH advance planning efforts and includes activities like material […]

Patriot Launcher
Photo: Raytheon.

Sweden Officially Buying Patriot Missile Defenses

Swedish officials on Friday formally announced they agreed to buy the Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system from the U.S. Army in a signed Letter of Offer and Acceptance. This agreement comes on the heels of an announcement last week by the Swedish Defense Ministry that the government was empowering the Swedish Defence […]

Defense Watch

Space-Based Sensors. The Defense Department is exploring options to build a constellation of small satellites that could detect and track hypersonic weapons. The MDA is expected to complete a systems engineering assessment of the sensor requirements involved in such a system by this fall, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. […]

Greaves Outlines Missile Defense Space Sensor Layer

Huntsville, Ala. — The head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) this week broadly outlined how he sees a future missile defense space sensor layer could work on the heels of increased Congressional attention to improving U.S. missile defense sensors and their ability to help detect hypersonic weapons. The missile defense community has been “seriously” […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

Pentagon Officials: Starting Space-Based Interceptor Work And Space Sensors Necessary For Hypersonic Threat

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Top Pentagon officials said here on Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium that the Missile Defense Agency and Defense Department overall are working toward space-based missile interceptors while promoting a space sensor layer for both missile defenses and hypersonic defense The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Air Force […]