Archive: Navy/USMC

Requirements For CG(X) Are Unclear, Navy Secretary Says

By Geoff Fein The requirements for the Navy’s next-generation cruiser CG(X) remain unclear as service officials hash out the detailed specifications for the ship and define what exactly the Navy wants to build, a top service official said. Defining the requirements for CG(X) is as much a political process as it is a technical process, […]

JFCOM Moving Forward On C2 Portfolio Management

By Ann Roosevelt U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) is the voice of the services when it comes to joint command and control(C2), according to a command official. "We are the sole joint voice in developing capability," Air Force Maj. Gen. David Edgington, JFCOM J-8, director, Joint Capabilities Development Directorate, said at the Joint Warfighting Conference […]

Navy Creates New Civilian Position For Acquisition Workforce

James Thomsen has been named to head up the newly created Principal Civilian Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition Workforce (PCDASN (AW)), according to the Navy. Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA), John Thackrah announced the formation of the new position yesterday, according to Lt. Cmdr. […]

Mattis: Irregular Warfare Is The Key Today, But Not To Exclusion of All Else

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–While irregular warfare (IW) is the key problem today, the military must not succumb to tunnel vision and lose competency in other areas of military operations, according to the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). "Irregular warfare, from my perspective, is the key problem that we face today," Marine […]

Navy Likely To Change CG(X)’s Procurement Schedule, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy yesterday acknowledged a pending change in schedule for its next-generation cruiser, as service officials continue to scour the CG(X) analysis of alternatives (AoA), the head of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said. Currently, the Navy’s 30-year ship building plan calls for CG(X) procurement to begin in 2011. However, yesterday at […]

Navy UCAS Vital For Future Threats, But Lack of Support Could Doom Effort

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s effort to develop an aircraft carrier based unmanned combat aircraft system (UCAS) is absolutely critical to the service, but the Navy must demonstrate that the system can be safely integrated onto a ship and it must have the support of congress and the Pentagon for UCAS to survive, according to […]

Launching Ideas Is Vital For The Nation, Stavridis Says

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–In the battleground of ideas in the world today, it’s vital to launch new ideas to ensure the nation is as strong in the 21st century as it was at its founding, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said. "We have to do a better job of launching ideas," […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command Creates Irregular Warfare Center

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) June 1 created an Irregular Warfare Center (IWC), expected to be fully operational late summer or early fall, with 30 to 40 people, a command official said. "Irregular warfare applies across the entire spectrum," Rear Adm. John Richardson, JFCOM J5, director, Strategy and Policy Directorate, […]

Fixing Defense Acquisition Key To Joint Warfighting, Officials Agree

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–Fixing defense acquisition is vital for joint and coalition forces to be dominant, relevant and ready to face the challenges of the 21st century, officials said. "What we should be doing is emphasizing system of systems…for 21st century missions," said Jacques Gansler, former DoD acquisition chief now at the University […]

Harris Awarded Potential $77 Million Contract For Navy SATCOM Terminals

The Navy this week awarded Harris [HRS] a potential five-year, $77 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for development and production of multiband satellite communications terminals that will provide high-speed communications for military personnel serving onboard cruisers and destroyers, the company said. Under the IDIQ contract, the company received an initial award valued at $17.5 […]