Archive: Navy/USMC

Huckabee Seeks To Accelerate Growth of Ground Forces

By Jen DiMascio Presidential contender former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) wants to move quickly on existing planned growth in the military’s ground forces and increase investment in defense. Huckabee laid out his defense and foreign policy goals in a wide-ranging article in Foreign Affairs magazine Dec. 15. In the article, he pledges to implement President […]

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Flies First Mission System Flight

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s all-weather, airborne early warning battle management aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, flew its first mission system flight, with its radar operating, earlier this month, and the second aircraft has begun flight testing at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] St. Augustine, Fla., facility. The mission system flight lasted four and a half hours […]

Lockheed Martin Debuts Marine Corps’ F-35B STOVL

Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday rolled out the Marine Corps’ F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, a little over a year since the first F-35 took its inaugural flight. The F-35B, designed to replace Marine Corps AV-8Bs and F/A-18s, is one of three variants of the Lightning II. Its first flight is […]

Coast Guard Sees ICGS Phasing Out of Deepwater

By Calvin Biesecker As the Coast Guard continues to assume a greater systems integration role over its Deepwater modernization program, the contractor originally hired for the lead systems integration job will eventually probably have nothing to do with the program, service acquisition officials said yesterday. Two years ago about two-thirds of the Coast Guard’s Deepwater […]

House Proposes Omnibus Package That Includes War Money, $4.3 Billion For JIEDDO

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee early yesterday disclosed its plan to fund the federal government and the military’s war efforts, which includes $4.3 billion for the Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. The bill written in the House walks a political fine line between responding to the potential for […]

Navy Grounds 39 P-3C Orions Due To Structural Fatigue Concerns

By Geoff Fein The Navy yesterday grounded 39 of its fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft due to structural fatigue concerns discovered during an ongoing evaluation of the aircraft, according to the service. "This is a proactive effort based on the study," a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) spokesman told Defense Daily yesterday. The Navy has […]

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 […]

In The News

Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]

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 […]

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, […]