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GAO: Military Services Do Not Track All Aviation Mishap Data, Do So Differently

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the information the military collects about aviation mishaps found the services do not track all relevant data and each have different standards, making it hard for the Department of Defense to analyze trends. The report said each service’s safety center does not collect standardized aviation mishap data. […]

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Marine Corps Lays Out Requirements For Next-Generation H-1 Rotorcraft Replacement

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–The U.S. Marine Corps is beginning to develop its own requirements for a next-generation rotorcraft and hopes to find common ground with the Army as it leads the Future Vertical Lift program. “The requirements for the Marine Corps for an attack/utility replacement are structured around our operations, our … philosophy […]

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CACI Acquires Business Unit From GD That Provides Engineering Services To The Navy

CACI International [CACI] on Thursday said it has acquired a professional services unit from General Dynamics [GD] that bolsters CACI’s work with the Navy and provides it with the opportunity to offer its existing capabilities to new customers. CACI paid $84 million for the Systems Engineering and Acquisition (SE&A) Support Services Business Unit, which GD […]

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Marine Corps Readies H-1 Fleet For Operations Into 2040s

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–Nearing the end of production for the most-advanced H-1 utility and attack helicopters, the U.S. Marine Corps is planning for how it will efficiently maintain and effectively upgrade the aircraft for the next 30 years of service. Now the service is focused on improving readiness of the fielded fleet while […]

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) operating in the South China Sea in  2013.
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GD NASSCO Nabs $148 Million Contract For USS Cowpens Modernization

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics’ [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) a $148 million contract for the FY ’18 modernization of the USS Cowpens (CG-62). The firm-fixed price contract covers a “long-term” modernization period availability for the Ticonderoga-class cruiser that includes modernization, maintenance, and repairs. The contract includes options that, […]


Marine Corps Releases RFI For New Lightweight Hard Armor Plates

The Marine Corps released a request for information (RFI) Tuesday to gauge industry’s ability to deliver lightweight hard armor plates needed to replace its Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert (ESAPI), with an eventual contract award expected by the end of FY ‘19. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) said its looking for industry partners who could […]

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Marine Corps Kicks Off Bug Bounty Program, Finds 75 Network Vulnerabilities

The Marine Corps is the latest service to kick off a bug bounty program to uncover vulnerabilities in its network, with hackers already discovering 75 security flaws at an event last Saturday. Hack the Marine Corps will run through August 26 and pay ethical hackers to find discover potential areas for cyber exploitation in the […]

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) transiting the Pacific Ocean in 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HII Awarded $188 Million To Prepare For CVN-74 Overhaul

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a $188 million contract for advance planning to prepare for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) work on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. This award provides for the first year of RCOH advance planning efforts and includes activities like material […]

U.S. Marine Aviation Commanders Failing To Report Accurate Readiness Rates

Marine Corps aviation squadron commanders incorrectly reported the number of aircraft ready for combat, leading to inaccurate accounting of readiness rates across the service’s aviation units, according to the Defense Department watchdog. Of 10 Marine Corps squadrons surveyed by the DoD Inspector General (IG), nine commanders did not report the state of their squadron’s aircraft […]