Archive: Navy/USMC

Air Force, Navy Sign MoA To Streamline Global Hawk Acquisition Process

Navy and Air Force Global Hawk-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program officials have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to streamline their joint acquisition processes, according to the Navy. The MoA, signed Aug. 28, strengthens the services’ efforts to leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4- based programs managed by the Air […]

Global Hawk Provides Imagery In Ike’s Aftermath, Potential Future For Hurricane Tracking

By Geoff Fein In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the Navy flew one of its two Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) platforms to take pictures of damaged areas and search for survivors, a Northrop Grumman [NOC] official said. The Navy’s GHMD flew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., to the Gulf Coast, remaining […]

Senate, House Defense Appropriations Panels Clash On Troubled Aircraft Efforts

By Emelie Rutherford Senate defense appropriators have staked out different stances than their House counterparts on troubled aircraft efforts, including calling for greater funding reductions to the presidential helicopter and Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) while advocating less substantial changes to the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program. Thus, funding for these programs are likely fair game […]

New SATCOM Terminals Will Improve Navy’s Ability To Perform Missions, Quality of Life

By Geoff Fein In the coming year, the Navy is planning to outfit its surface fleet with the latest in commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals to increase the amount of data transferred to ships at sea, according to a service official. The Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP), run out of the Program Executive Office Command, […]

Business Opportunities Exist In Navy’s OA Approach, If Companies Do Their Homework

By Geoff Fein As the Navy moves toward open architecture (OA) systems, companies shouldn’t worry they will be closed out of opportunities, according to a top Navy official. "There are always opportunities for companies. That’s the one phenomenon that people have to understand," Robert Carey, Navy chief information officer, told Defense Daily in a recent […]

Sypherlink Developing Ways To Share Data Across Hastily Formed Networks

By Geoff Fein The Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) in San Diego recently signed a three-year Cooperative Research Agreement (CRADA) with Ohio-based Sypherlink to find ways to rapidly share information across hastily formed secure data networks, a company official said. Since the company started back in 2001, Sypherlink’s focus has been information sharing, James […]

Senate Defense Appropriators Want More Shipbuilding Funds, Third DDG-1000

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee (SAC-D) included funds yesterday in its marked-up bill for a third DDG-1000 destroyer for the Navy in fiscal year 2009, ensuring the battle over continuing the ship program is divided between the House and Senate. The $487.7 billion FY ’09 defense appropriations bill the SAC-D approved also […]

Northrop Grumman’s Hill Backers Slam Tanker Cancellation

By Emelie Rutherford Congressional backers of Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] aerial refueling tanker bid decried news that the Pentagon is terminating the current KC-X solicitation, charging politics factored too much into the decision. Boeing [BA] supporters, meanwhile, hailed the move defense officials announced yesterday and said they expect no opposition to the Pentagon’s new request for […]

Raytheon Disappointed With Potential Congressional Cut In Funds For KEI Missile Defense

In Talks With Navy, Raytheon Suggests Making New Zumwalt Destroyers Missile Defense Ships Raytheon Co. [RTN] is disappointed that lawmakers in Congress may cut funding needed to develop the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) because it is in development, since those cuts would delay the program just when terrorist and rogue state missile threats are increasing, […]