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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 […]

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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 […]

Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

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 […]

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

House Appropriators Match Authorizers To Fund Three LCS

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill funds 12 Navy ships at $22.7 billion, including three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). This is nearly a billion dollars more than the Navy’s FY ’19 shipbuilding budget request of $21.9 billion (Defense Daily, Feb. 12). The appropriations panel released the subcommittee draft on Wednesday before […]

USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine, completing initial sea trials. Photo: Ashley Major/Huntington Ingalls Industries.

BAE Wins GD Contract For Two More Virginia Payload Module Tubes

BAE Systems won a General Dynamics [GD] contract for an undisclosed amount to produce payload tubes for two new U.S. Navy Block V Virginia-class attack submarines, BAE said Tuesday. For this contract, BAE will deliver two sets of payload tubes, each consisting of four tubes, for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM) on future unnamed submarines […]

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias speaks to reporters in front of the future USS Tripoli (LHA-7). (Photo: Defense Daily)

Marine Corps Considers Offensive Amphib Sea Capability, Using Auxiliaries More, And Extra Marine Capabilities On Surface Ships

The Marine Corps is thinking about how to best use its amphibious and auxiliary support ships as the Navy fleet grows, including by adding offensive weapons, leaders said at an event on Monday. Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, head of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, echoing the the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan, said there is […]

The Navy's test of the NSM on a Littoral Combat Ship last year. Photo: US Navy

First Over-The-Horizon Missiles Going On Independence LCS In 2020

The first installation of the Raytheon [RTN] – Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) as the Over-the-Horizon (OTH) missile will be on an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) starting in fiscal year 2020, a Navy spokesperson told Defense Daily. Following installation, initial operating capability (IOC) for the OTH is planned for FY ’21. The spokesperson said […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

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

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Untied 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 Thursday. This modification adds funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems. It […]

Boeing Optimistic For More International Super Hornet Sales

Boeing’s [BA] leader for the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft is optimistic that the company will see more international interest in F/A-18 Super Hornets. In a press event on May 23, Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler programs, said the company anticipates deliveries of F/A-18 E/Fs to Kuwait […]

The Navy's test of the NSM on a Littoral Combat Ship last year. Photo: US Navy

Raytheon Awarded $15 Million Over-The-Horizon Missile Contract

The Navy on Thursday awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $15 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Over-the-Horizon (OTH) missile program for use on Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and the future guided-missile frigate (FFG(X). The Navy released its request for proposals (RFP) for the OTM program last year and it closed last June. A Raytheon-Kongsberg Gruppern team was […]