Archive: Navy/USMC

Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

Navy, Marine Corps Gaining Better Understanding of Sea Basing Requirements

By Geoff Fein The Navy and Marine Corps have spent the past year working to better define the requirement for sea base operations, looking at platform needs and how best to move warfighters and their equipment from ship to shore, a Marine Corps official said. The cornerstone of the sea basing effort is the Navy’s […]

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The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Campaign Report. An overflow crowd at BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H., turned out last week to listen to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), fresh from a solid finish in the Iowa caucuses, said Clark Dumont, vice president of communications for BAE’s Electronics & Integrated Solutions […]

Navy SDD Effort Putting Data Links On Harpoon, JSOW

By Geoff Fein The Navy has begun a Systems Design and Development (SDD) effort to incorporate a data link into Boeing’s [BA] Harpoon missile and Raytheon’s [RTN] Joint Stand-Off Weapon making the two systems the first true network enabled development efforts, a Navy official said. The goal is to develop a better target selectivity capability […]

Navy Looks To Industry For Direct Attack Moving Target Capability

By Geoff Fein The Navy in 2008 will begin an effort looking at developing a direct attack moving target capability (DAMTC) for strike weapons as well as necking down the number of bomb racks the service has as well as moving away from energetics, to pneumatics, for bomb release, a Navy official said. The Navy […]

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Launches USS

The future USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth ship of the San Antonio-class of amphibious ships, was launched last month from Northrop Grumman [NOC] Ship Systems in Avondale, La., the company said. Throughout 2008, Northrop Grumman will continue to complete this 684-foot-long warship. Key milestones such as electrical generator, combat systems, and main engine light-offs […]

Navy’s P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Begins Production

The U.S. Navy and its Poseidon industry team marked the beginning of the P-8A production last month at Spirit AeroSystems’ [SPR] Wichita, Kan., the Navy said. The P-8A is the first Navy aircraft to be produced on an existing commercial production line, the Navy said. The P-8A fuselage, a derivative of Boeing’s [BA] Next Generation […]


By Geoff Fein The investigation into welding issues at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) shipyard that initially led to the tying up of the first three Virginia-class submarines earlier this month has been expanded to include other subs and aircraft carriers, the Navy said. The Navy, NGNN, and General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat are […]

Northrop Grumman, L-3 Partner On Navy’s EPX Solicitation

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has submitted a proposal with L-3 Communications [LLL] for the U.S. Navy’s EPX aircraft program that will provide a transformational, multi-intelligence capability delivering strike targeting information to the warfighter, Northrop Grumman said. The proposal was submitted in response to a broad agency announcement (BAA) issued in November that solicited bids to develop […]

Huckabee Seeks To Accelerate Growth of Ground Forces

By Jen DiMascio Presidential contender former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) wants to move quickly on existing planned growth in the military’s ground forces and increase investment in defense. Huckabee laid out his defense and foreign policy goals in a wide-ranging article in Foreign Affairs magazine Dec. 15. In the article, he pledges to implement President […]