Archive: Navy/USMC

Korean Shipyards Demonstrating Significant Production Rates, Official Says

By Geoff Fein South Korean shipyards are achieving significant production rates, upward of a ship per week, and there are no signs the facilities are planning to slow down, according to Navy Secretary Donald Winter, who recently returned visiting them. During his visit, Winter said he was fascinated with the work going on at the […]

Army Studying MRAP Engineering Fixes To Address Rollovers, Other Theater Issues

By Emelie Rutherford The Army has been working on engineering changes to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP) to address issues troops have encountered–including rollovers, power-line snags, and jammed doors–a materiel-readiness official said. Army Materiel Command (AMC) leader Gen. Benjamin Griffin, talking to reporters at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) conference in […]

AoA Should Help Navy And Marine Corps Find Best Options For NSFS Gap, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy is optimistic a new Joint Expeditionary Fires Analysis of Alternatives (JEF AoA) will help them and the Marine Corps find a solution that meets the requirement at an affordable price, a top Admiral said. Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, Deputy CNO for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8), and Lt. Gen. […]

Speakes: Potential Future MRAP Effort Wouldn’t Clash With JLTV

By Emelie Rutherford A senior Army official said while it’s not known yet if the Pentagon will order more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for troops in Afghanistan, he does not see a potential follow-on effort for lighter versions of the trucks conflicting with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Lt. Gen. Stephen […]

Geospatial Intelligence Leader Sees Rising Use Of Commercial Satellites For Intelligence Gathering Work

Vice Adm. Murrett: U.S. Systems Can Detect Enemy Tunnels, Spot Individuals As They Walk U.S. intelligence efforts are using huge amounts of civilian space imaging capabilities, and that will continue, Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said. Murrett sees a two-way benefit here: not only is the intel community gaining […]

Hill Denies Over $500 Million In Omnibus DoD Reprogrammming, Axes Most New Starts

By Emelie Rutherford Lawmakers have denied the Pentagon the ability to shift funds to cover six requested "new start" efforts detailed in a lengthy omnibus reprogramming request sent to Capitol Hill in July. The Pentagon last week released the results of the reprogramming request–originally totaling $3 billion and signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England […]

General Dynamics’, Elbit’s Skylark UAVs Making Inroads With Army, Marine Corps

By Geoff Fein General Dynamics [GD] and Israel’s Elbit Systems’ [ESLT] are hoping their Skylark II Long Endurance (LE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will capture the contract for the joint Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Tier II program. The gas-powered UAV can operate for more than 17 hours and carry a 65-pound payload. […]

QinetiQ Shows Off New Smaller, Lightweight, Lower Cost Robotic Systems

By Geoff Fein QinetiQ Tuesday put on display their latest low-cost, lightweight robotic systems designed for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams. The company had the units on display at the Modern Day Marine expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Built off of its Dragon Runner (DR) Basic, Automatika, co-owned by QinetiQ, has developed the […]

Boeing Team Submits Proposal For Special Operations Forces Support Activity

By Ann Roosevelt Boeing [BA], teamed with Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC], submitted a comprehensive proposal Oct. 2 responding to the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) request for proposals for the potential $5 billion Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA). Boeing and CSC announced their teaming agreement in April (Defense Daily, April 11). "Boeing already supports […]