Archive: Navy/USMC

Marine Corps’ G/ATOR On Track For ’08 Preliminary Design Review

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps’ Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR), a three dimensional, Humvee-mounted radar designed to detect rockets, artillery and mortars, completed its system functional review (SFR) and is now preparing for preliminary design review (PDR) in early ’08. G/ATOR is an effort to replace 11 existing Marine Corps radars, Anne Sandel, Deputy […]

Industry Shouldn’t View Acquisition Reform As A Negative, SECNAV Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s efforts to develop a formal acquisition process that will help serve the interests and objectives of the service should not be viewed as a negative by contractors or an attempt to pit the Navy against them, a top service official said. Navy Secretary Donald Winter is trying to reinvigorate the […]

Navy Secretary Proposes Improving Acquisition Process

By Geoff Fein Navy Secretary Donald Winter is looking to reinvigorate the service’s acquisition process and at the same time restore some discipline in the way the Navy determines what assets it needs for the future. "What I am trying to do right now is develop a very formal process that we can go ahead […]

Navy Kills LCS-4, Cost Cap For Follow-On Ships Could Rise

By Geoff Fein The Navy yesterday terminated General Dynamics’ [GD] second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-4), after failing to agree to contract modifications sought by the service because of cost growth on the company’s first ship. The situation is reminiscent of the Navy’s decision in April to cancel LCS-3, Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] second LCS (Defense Daily, […]

Navy to Begin Testing Sub Launched UAV This Month

By Geoff Fein When the USS Montpelier (SSN-765) deploys later this month it will include a new Internet system to improve communications as well as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the crew will test to see if this type of capability can be used on submarines, according to a Navy official. The Montpelier has been […]

Navy Plans Counter RCIED Industry Day

The Navy will host an Industry Day on Dec. 4 for Counter-Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) electronic warfare regarding the acquisition strategy, high level system requirements and future technology requirements. The acquisition strategy is to maintain competition through the development phase by awarding one or more development contracts. The Navy plans to award on […]

Reps. Bartlett, Sestak See Need For Medium Heavy-Lift Navy Helicopter

Two members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) are asking the Navy to explore whether the service needs a medium heavy-lift helicopter to conduct a variety of missions from airborne mine detection to battlefield medical evacuation. Of concern is that the Navy may be unable to conduct some missions if it has to rely […]

Navy’s ERP Effort: Transforming Business Practices

By Geoff Fein Earlier this month the Navy transitioned to its new enterprise resources planning (ERP) system that will provide a standard set of management tools to service organizations to improve businesses processes and provide interoperable data for financial, acquisition and supply chain management, according to a top Navy official. There are two ways to […]

Lawmakers Consider Size of Navy Fleet

By Jen DiMascio The same week Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) called for an increase in the size of the Navy’s fleet, members of the House Shipbuilding Caucus mulled over ways the service could better afford its current plans. Discussion about shipbuilding comes as the House and Senate are reconciling differences between the chambers’ different versions […]

Future of ASDS In Question, Navy Studying SOCOM Requirement

By Geoff Fein While the Navy and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) continue to work on reliability issues with the Advanced Seal Delivery System (ASDS), the cost of future ASDS hulls may make the program unaffordable, according to SOCOM. "The original requirement for a small fleet of manned dry submersibles is unchanged, but it is […]