Archive: Navy/USMC

Coast Guard One Step Closer To Accepting CGC

The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) has recommended the Coast Guard accept delivery of the first National Security Cutter (NSC-1), following correction or waiver of several deficiencies. The CGC Bertholf (NSC-1) generated approximately 2,800 trial cards during its five days of acceptance trials, the Coast Guard said. The ship completed acceptance trials […]

Congress Short-Changes Defense; Huge Funding Increases Needed To Support Existing, Future Programs Including Procurement Of Major Weapons Platforms: AIA Report

The federal government needs to step up to the challenge and fully fund myriad defense programs, specifically including procurement of ships, tanks, planes, missiles and more, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) stated in a new report. The AIA noted that its warning comes as war costs, bills to pay for replacing or repairing platforms damaged […]

Pentagon Officials Eye Increasing Near-Term Ballistic Missile Defense Assets In POM ’10

By Emelie Rutherford Two senior Pentagon officials said they are working to bolster ballistic missile defense fielding in the near term, an effort that could double the number of planned Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) assets in the coming years. Missile Defense Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey […]

Modernization Continues At ATK Lake City Ammunition Plant

By Ann Roosevelt ATK [ATK] continues modernizing the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., even as the plant produces about 1.4 billion cartridges a year as the primary production source for small caliber ammunition. "The only remaining small caliber Army ammunition plant is Lake City…we are considered a national asset," Randy Wisian, ATK […]

Navy’s New Approach To Acquisition Includes Examining Workforce Structure

By Geoff Fein As the Navy begins to incorporate a new approach to buying everything from ships to information technology, it is also looking over its acquisition workforce, determining what it needs to develop and build an acquisition corps. Particular attention is being paid to the people involved in program management, contract management and systems […]

Navy Taking Steps To Becoming A More Informed Buyer

By Geoff Fein In February, Navy Secretary Donald Winter issued an eight-page memo outlining the way ahead for improvements to the service’s acquisition process. It’s hoped that the new effort will improve the way the Navy buys things…making the right decisions before making significant investments, Winter told Defense Daily in a recent interview. "One of […]

Big Hit On LHD-8 Programs Raises Execution, Management Questions

By Calvin Biesecker and Geoff Fein Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] early morning surprise yesterday that it would take $320 million to $360 million charge on the LHD-8 amphibious assault ship it is building for the Navy left some analysts discouraged about the company’s ability to overcome a series of execution issues on several large programs. "Program […]

Navy Working To Make Intel Data Available Faster, Seamless

By Geoff Fein While there are still challenges with sharing intelligence data, not only within the United States, but with allies, efforts are being made to speed up the process and make information that is time sensitive more accessible, a Navy official said. There are challenges with classification levels and highly sensitive data, as well […]

Navy To Begin Testing Periscope Camera That Provides 360-Degree View

By Geoff Fein This summer, the Navy will begin testing a prototype advanced camera for Los Angeles-class submarine periscopes that will provide a 360-degree scan of the surrounding waters. Developed by Massachusetts-based RemoteReality, the prototype will also provide nighttime views using an infrared sensor, Dennis McGinn, chairman and chief executive officer, told Defense Daily in […]

Young Signs Joint Strike Fighter LRIP II Memo

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon acquisition executive John Young last week signed a memo approving the purchased of six conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force, a source familiar with the matter said. The acquisition decision memo (ADM) from Young also conditionally OK’s buying six short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOL) variants, but says that purchase cannot be […]