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BAE's ship repair yard in Norfolk, Va. Photo: BAE Systems

Navy Acquisition Chief Orders 30-Year Ship Repair And Maintenance Plan

The Navy is starting a 30-year ship repair and modernization plan as a sort of companion to the 30-year shipbuilding plan, the Navy’s top acquisition official said Tuesday. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition (ASN RDA), told reporters during a conference that the 30-year shipbuilding plan is “only as […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Defense Watch: Bill on Senate Floor, HASC/SASC Hearings, NASA Deputy

Defense Bill. The Senate plans to resume consideration of its $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill on June 18 at 3 p.m. A vote to pass the legislation could occur as early as that evening. The Senate spent much of the previous week discussing the bill. HASC Hearings.  The House Armed Services Committee […]

Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) prepare an MK-48 inert training torpedo during an expeditionary ordnance loading exercise onboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton/Released).

Aerojet Rocketdyne Wins ONR Phase 1 Torpedo Propulsion Program, Lockheed Martin Wins MK48 Maintenance Contract

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is moving ahead with its Torpedo Advanced Propulsion System (TAPS) program as it awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] a $2.6 million Phase I contract to develop a prototype torpedo propulsion system, the company said Tuesday. TAPS aims to improve the engine efficiency of the U.S. Navy’s Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo. […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Raytheon Nabs Next-Gen F-35 DAS Sensor

Lockheed Marin [LMT] chose Raytheon [RTN] to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, replacing the sensor’s incumbent Northrop Grumman [NOC]. Lockheed Martin highlighted this change in provider will reduce cost while adding capabilities. “The supply chain competition for the next generation F-35 Distributed Aperture System […]

Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5), is recently nominated to be the commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Lewis Tapped For 2nd Fleet

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis has been nominated as the commander of the newly reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Lewis currently serves as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy (N3/N5) and began the position in August 2017. This new position includes the reappointment as a three-star admiral. Lewis […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

GAO: Delays and Rising Prices Mar Navy Shipbuilding In Last Decade

The Navy has had persistently poor shipbuilding outcomes, schedule delays, and cost overruns over the past decade because policy and processes allow the service to deviate from best practices, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says. Reviewing and updating a decade’s worth of reports and recommendations, the GAO found that the Navy has fallen […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

Boeing Awarded Super Hornet Contract

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing [BA] a $862 million contract modification to procure 15 F/A-18E single-seat and three F/A-18F dual-seat Lot 42 full rate production Super Hornets for the Navy. Work will mostly occur in El Segundo, Calif., (41 percent), and St. Louis (22 percent) and is expected to be finished by […]

Pratt Awarded $2 Billion Mod For F-35 Engine Equipment

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded United Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] Pratt & Whitney a $2 billion modification for engine equipment to support F-35 low-rate initiation production Lot 11 aircraft, the Defense Department said on May 31. This modification adds funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems. It […]

SOUTHCOM Head Pushes Area As AI Testbed, Dealing With Russia/China Competition

The head of Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is advocating his forces as a place to test new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning while separately dealing with increasing military sales competition from Russian and China. SOUTHCOM does not often get much attention in defense strategy or budgets, but commander Adm. Kurt Tidd is arguing […]


Senate NDAA Draft Requires Space-Based Missile Interceptors

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) draft FY ’19 defense authorization bill would require the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a space-based missile defense intercept layer regardless of what the upcoming Missile Defense Review (MDR) calls for. The Senate panel’s provision withdraws the statutory flexibility on this variety of boost-phase intercept capability provided in […]