Archive: Navy/USMC

Young Claims Inaccuracies, Assumptions In Navy Destroyer Cost Comparison

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon’s acquisition chief has questioned the accuracy of a Navy letter stating the life-cycle costs of the new DDG-1000 destroyer and older DDG-51 destroyer are similar while the procurement cost of a DDG-51 is "significantly less." The May 7 letter is seen on Capitol Hill as bolstering the stance of lawmakers […]

Small Massachusetts Company Finds Niche In Navy Composite Work

By Geoff Fein The Navy is in the process of signing a contract with Massachusetts’s-based KaZak Composites Inc., for the company’s impact recovery post, a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) effort that will be incorporated onto all the service’s aircraft carriers. The post will replace an existing system used on carriers to keep crew from […]

Navy SBIR Effort Developing UAV To Be Deployed From P-3C, P-8

By Geoff Fein Acuity Technologies and Piasecki Aircraft Corp., are both in the midst of a phase two Navy small business innovation research (SBIR) effort to develop a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to be deployed from either a Lockheed Martin [LMT] P-3C or Boeing’s [BA] P-8 surveillance aircraft. For Menlo Park, Calif.-based Acuity, this […]

Opportunities For Firms Focus On Current Navy Threats, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Small businesses looking to tap into Navy programs need to focus their ideas on the service’s current concerns, otherwise they are unlikely to get an audience with program managers or acquisition staff, a top Navy official said. But if a small firm’s idea ties to the threat…to the current concerns of the […]

Lockheed Martin Submits Its Bid For The Navy’s LCS

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday submitted its bid to build the next series of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Navy, a company spokeswoman said. In March, the Navy issued its LCS request for proposal (RFP) to Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics [GD]. Industry responses were due today. A spokesman for General Dynamics […]

Pentagon Gathering TACAIR Input From Industry

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is seeking industry’s help in finding cost-effective ways to fill a projected tactical aircraft gap next decade. Acquisition authorities within the Defense Department (DoD) recently issued a request for information (RFI) to industry seeking "best practices in the future production of TACAIR assets." DoD has been collecting the responses this […]

Pentagon to Weigh Future of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Contract Tomorrow

By Emelie Rutherford General Dynamics [GD] could receive a new contract as soon as next month for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program–which continues to be scrutinized by Congress–following a key Pentagon meeting tomorrow. Pentagon acquisition executive John Young is slated to convene the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) tomorrow to decide whether to allow the Marine […]

Without War Supplemental, Pentagon Asks Congress To Reprogram Funds

By Emelie Rutherford As promised, the Pentagon asked lawmakers for permission on Tuesday to internally reprogram $9.66 billion to cover Army personnel and operational costs as it waits for Congress to pass a delayed war-supplemental funding bill. "This emergency action was necessary to extend Army and defense-wide operations in the absence of requested supplemental appropriations […]

DoD Closely Examining Roles And Implications of UAVs

By Geoff Fein With the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) growing, the Pentagon is examining a number of issues, from the systems’ implications on tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) to how the drones should be controlled to what kind of payloads the systems should carry, a senior defense official said. While the argument about […]

Northrop Grumman Overcoming ASDS Reliability Issues; SOCOM, Navy Exploring Options

By Geoff Fein In light of the recent success of docking the Advanced Seal Delivery System (ASDS) with a converted Ohio-class submarine, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has no plans to buy anymore of the small submersibles. "There are no plans to acquire additional ASDS platforms. USSOCOM and the Navy established an ASDS improvement program with […]