Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Likely To Change CG(X)’s Procurement Schedule, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy yesterday acknowledged a pending change in schedule for its next-generation cruiser, as service officials continue to scour the CG(X) analysis of alternatives (AoA), the head of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said. Currently, the Navy’s 30-year ship building plan calls for CG(X) procurement to begin in 2011. However, yesterday at […]

Navy UCAS Vital For Future Threats, But Lack of Support Could Doom Effort

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s effort to develop an aircraft carrier based unmanned combat aircraft system (UCAS) is absolutely critical to the service, but the Navy must demonstrate that the system can be safely integrated onto a ship and it must have the support of congress and the Pentagon for UCAS to survive, according to […]

Launching Ideas Is Vital For The Nation, Stavridis Says

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–In the battleground of ideas in the world today, it’s vital to launch new ideas to ensure the nation is as strong in the 21st century as it was at its founding, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said. "We have to do a better job of launching ideas," […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command Creates Irregular Warfare Center

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) June 1 created an Irregular Warfare Center (IWC), expected to be fully operational late summer or early fall, with 30 to 40 people, a command official said. "Irregular warfare applies across the entire spectrum," Rear Adm. John Richardson, JFCOM J5, director, Strategy and Policy Directorate, […]

Fixing Defense Acquisition Key To Joint Warfighting, Officials Agree

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–Fixing defense acquisition is vital for joint and coalition forces to be dominant, relevant and ready to face the challenges of the 21st century, officials said. "What we should be doing is emphasizing system of systems…for 21st century missions," said Jacques Gansler, former DoD acquisition chief now at the University […]

Harris Awarded Potential $77 Million Contract For Navy SATCOM Terminals

The Navy this week awarded Harris [HRS] a potential five-year, $77 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for development and production of multiband satellite communications terminals that will provide high-speed communications for military personnel serving onboard cruisers and destroyers, the company said. Under the IDIQ contract, the company received an initial award valued at $17.5 […]

Exercise Provides Nations Opportunity To Hone Submarine Rescue Skills

By Geoff Fein For the first time in the seven-year history of Bold Monarch, the Russian navy took part in the international submarine exercise that brings together 18 countries in a cooperative effort to train for submarine escape and rescue. Not only was this the first time the Russian navy participated in the event, but […]

Maine Senators Try To Rally Senate Appropriators Against Changing DDG-1000 Plans

By Emelie Rutherford Maine’s senators are appealing to defense appropriators in their chamber to heed the Navy’s $2.5 billion budget request for buying a third DDG-1000 destroyer–and to fight House attempts to halt the ship program. "Any significant decrease in FY2009 DDG-1000 funding or a directed delay in ship procurement would have a devastating impact […]

Boeing, Navy Readying For First P-8 Flight In FY ’09

By Geoff Fein The next year will be a busy time for the Navy’s P-8 Poseidon program as it prepares for first flight of its developmental test aircraft in FY ’09 and begins static and fatigue testing about the same time, a Navy official said. The first aircraft is in final assembly waiting for engine […]

Idaho Re-Ups With Nuclear Navy; Keeps Spent Fuel Limits

By George Lobsenz Amid discussions in Congress and at the Pentagon on expanding the Navy’s nuclear-powered fleet, Idaho officials Thursday announced an agreement with the Energy Department’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Office and the Navy to extend naval fuel operations at DoE’s Idaho National Laboratory beyond 2035. Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) and Attorney […]