Archive: Navy/USMC


Phoenix Negotiates Breathtaking Entry And Descent, Lands Safely On Mars In Frigid Northern Realm Spacecraft Has Just Months To Examine Water Ice, Key To Human Habitation On Mars; Search For Possible Life On Mars To Involve Shovels, Laboratories It worked. The Phoenix spacecraft, streaking at 12,500 miles an hour, blazed brightly through the orange sky […]

Senate Passes $165.4 Billion In War Supplemental Spending, Sends Back To House

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate passed a veto-proof supplemental defense spending bill yesterday with $165.4 billion in war funding for systems including C-17 airlifters, C-130 transport aircraft and mine-resistant vehicles, but no funds to continue the F-22 jets’ production in the future. The Senate broke the supplemental bill–for fiscal year 2008 and bridge funding for […]

Pentagon Awards $2.2 Billion Contract To Buy 12 CTOL, STOVL JSFs

The Pentagon has authorized the release of $2.2 billion to buy six conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning IIs for the Air Force, with provisional approval to purchase six short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35Bs for the Marine Corps following a senior leadership review and the inaugural flight of that variant, according to Lockheed Martin […]

Textron Systems Boeing SAIC Offer Parallel Hybrid JLTV

By Ann Roosevelt The Textron [TXT] Systems, Boeing [BA], SAIC [SAI] team considers its proposed parallel hybrid electric drive, center drive and innovative suspension will be key discriminators in the potential $40 billion competition for the Army-Marine corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The JLTV is a family of vehicles with trailers to replace Army […]

Marine Corps Helicopter Programs Stabilizing, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Although Marine Corps rotary wing platforms have had their share of issues, the successful first deployment of the V-22 Osprey demonstrates that the service’s aircraft are on the right track, according to the former head of Marine Corps aviation. "Remember when the commandant announced we were going to send the V-22 to […]

Gates, Mullen Warn Congress Against Skipping Over FY ’09 Defense Approps Bill

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon leaders warned Senate appropriators yesterday that multiple defense initiatives– including buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)–would be jeopardized if Congress skips over passing a base defense appropriations budget for next fiscal year, as has been rumored on Capitol Hill. At the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee’s (SAC-D) budget hearing members also relayed concerns […]

U.S.-U.K. Exercise A Precursor For Persistent, Expanded Joint Training

By Ann Roosevelt In the recently concluded exercise Druid’s Dance, U.S. and U.K. troops could train together over a live virtual training network, though separated by thousands of miles. "The goal with this is we want to deliver a persistent capability," Steve Kostoff, U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) communications exercise planner, told Defense Daily. "We’re […]

Marine Corps Will Buy More Humvees Until JLTV Arrives

By Geoff Fein To continue to provide tactical mobility, the Marine Corps will have to continue buying Humvees until the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) makes its debut, a Marine Corps official said. Additionally, there is a concern with the ability to provide volume fires and surface fire support to Marines on the ground since […]

General Dynamics Delivers First ASW USV For LCS To Navy

General Dynamics [GD] Robotic Systems earlier this month delivered the first 11-meter "Fleet" class Anti-Submarine Warfare Unmanned Surface Vehicle (ASW USV) to the Navy as part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission package, the company said. General Dynamics has worked in partnership with a Navy team that includes PEO-Littoral & Mine Warfare (LMW), PMS-420 […]

‘Pressure Hull Complete’ For USS New Mexico

Northrop Grumman [NOC] this past weekend completed the final hull welds of the Virginia-class submarine USS New Mexico (SSN-779), the last major milestone before the ship’s christening later this year, the company reported. This accomplishment, known as "pressure hull complete," signifies the hull sections being joined to form a single unit. The New Mexico, the […]