Archive: Navy/USMC

Speakes: Potential Future MRAP Effort Wouldn’t Clash With JLTV

By Emelie Rutherford A senior Army official said while it’s not known yet if the Pentagon will order more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for troops in Afghanistan, he does not see a potential follow-on effort for lighter versions of the trucks conflicting with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Lt. Gen. Stephen […]

Geospatial Intelligence Leader Sees Rising Use Of Commercial Satellites For Intelligence Gathering Work

Vice Adm. Murrett: U.S. Systems Can Detect Enemy Tunnels, Spot Individuals As They Walk U.S. intelligence efforts are using huge amounts of civilian space imaging capabilities, and that will continue, Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said. Murrett sees a two-way benefit here: not only is the intel community gaining […]

Hill Denies Over $500 Million In Omnibus DoD Reprogrammming, Axes Most New Starts

By Emelie Rutherford Lawmakers have denied the Pentagon the ability to shift funds to cover six requested "new start" efforts detailed in a lengthy omnibus reprogramming request sent to Capitol Hill in July. The Pentagon last week released the results of the reprogramming request–originally totaling $3 billion and signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England […]

Boeing Team Submits Proposal For Special Operations Forces Support Activity

By Ann Roosevelt Boeing [BA], teamed with Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC], submitted a comprehensive proposal Oct. 2 responding to the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) request for proposals for the potential $5 billion Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA). Boeing and CSC announced their teaming agreement in April (Defense Daily, April 11). "Boeing already supports […]

General Dynamics’, Elbit’s Skylark UAVs Making Inroads With Army, Marine Corps

By Geoff Fein General Dynamics [GD] and Israel’s Elbit Systems’ [ESLT] are hoping their Skylark II Long Endurance (LE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will capture the contract for the joint Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Tier II program. The gas-powered UAV can operate for more than 17 hours and carry a 65-pound payload. […]

QinetiQ Shows Off New Smaller, Lightweight, Lower Cost Robotic Systems

By Geoff Fein QinetiQ Tuesday put on display their latest low-cost, lightweight robotic systems designed for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams. The company had the units on display at the Modern Day Marine expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Built off of its Dragon Runner (DR) Basic, Automatika, co-owned by QinetiQ, has developed the […]

ATK Completes Successful BTERM Test

By Geoff Fein After months of delays and disappointments, ATK [ATK] on Monday successfully fired its Ballistic Trajectory Extended Range Munition (BTERM), with one of the rounds hitting the target at range, according to the Navy. ATK’s BTERM was an alternative approach to Raytheon’s [RTN] Extended Range Guided Munition (ERGM) for a 5-inch munition. These […]

Northrop Grumman Receives Second Navy Fire Scout LRIP Award

The Navy last month awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $32.9 million contract for the second year of low rate initial production (LRIP) of the company’s Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV). The contract is for procurement of three LRIP vehicle units. This is the second of three LRIP awards anticipated […]

Ensuring Continuity of Service Is Prime In Transition To NGEN, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy is expecting to issue a request for proposals in spring ’09 to develop the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), the follow-on to the Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI). The Navy last week posted responses to roughly 35 questions it received from the Sept. 8 industry day, Capt. Timothy Holland, program […]

Israel Looks To Spend $15 Billion For CTOL Variant of F-35

The Israeli government is seeking to spend upward of $15.2 billion for 25 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighters with an option to purchase 50 additional aircraft, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The initial request is for 25 Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft. The option could be for either 50 […]