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Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

Marine Corps Tests Look To Extend Life of CH-53 Engines

By Geoff Fein By the end of the year, the Marine Corps will begin the first of two tests on the CH-53 engine that the service hopes will add another 800 hours of operation time before an engine overhaul is required, according to a Marine Corps official. Although engine tests are not typically big news, […]

Lawmakers Question Service Chiefs Over Size of Fleets, Hull Commonality

By Geoff Fein Lawmakers yesterday raised concerns with the top Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officials about fleet size and capabilities, and offered to find the funding to help the Navy build a nuclear powered cruiser. House members, led by Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), have been pushing for the […]

House Passes Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio The House yesterday approved, 370 to 49, a bill to authorize Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the legislation "authorizes critical funds to restore readiness and protect our forces in the field, making sure that our service members have […]

Coast Guard Plans Release of NAIS Increment 2 RFP

The Coast Guard expects to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) around Dec. 20 to procure Increment 2 Phase 1 of the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) to establish coastal transmit and receive capability. In Increment 2 Phase 1 the core NAIS capability will be designed, developed and delivered and NAIS receive and transmit coverage […]

Delay In Supplemental Poses Dire Consequences For Marine Corps, General Says

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps could be facing dire consequences if Congress and the president are unable to reach an agreement on the supplemental defense bill, according to a Marine Corps official. The Marine Corps is spending about $750 million a month, half of which goes toward supporting forces in Iraq and other war […]

Navy Closing In On $2 Billion Price Tag For

By Geoff Fein The Navy is continuing to find ways to shave dollars from the cost of building Virginia-class submarines, and is within $40 million of reaching its goal of $2 billion per hull, according to a Navy official. Additionally, the Navy is moving closer to getting the construction cycle from build to completion down […]


By Geoff Fein Three days after acknowledging a weld problem with its Virginia-class submarines, the Navy yesterday said the issue was not as serious as first thought and all three boats should be ready to go this week. "We have come through the process of clearing the North Carolina (SSN-777) for alpha trials and the […]

Paper Urges Killing Raptor, Osprey, DDG 1000, And Buying Just One Sub Per Year

By Dave Ahearn A new paper urges killing the Air Force F-22 Raptor supersonic-superstealth fighter aircraft program, the Air Force-Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, the Navy DDG 1000 destroyer, and also urges abandoning plans to increase Virginia-class submarine purchases from one to two per year. Another recommendation is that missile defense programs be kept […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]