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DoD Research Head Eyes More Focus On Non-Laser Directed Energy Weapons

The Department of Defense’s directed energy efforts are too concentrated on laser weapons and should pay more attention to other approaches, such as high-power microwaves and neutral particle beam systems, according to the Pentagon’s new research chief. While lasers have been the subject of several high-profile demonstrations and deserve continued funding, other technologies also hold […]

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Navy Awards Contracts For T-ATS Shipbuilder And Modification Trident Production

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Gulf Island Shipyards LLC a $63.6 million contract for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of the Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) on Friday. The fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract includes options for up to seven additional ships. If all options are exercised, the value will […]

Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, director of architecture, operations, networks, and space for the  Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 discussing "Halt, Fix, Pivot." Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Looking To Industry, Short-Term Solutions For New Approach To Fixing Tactical Network

Army officials are moving ahead with a halt, fix, pivot approach to address vulnerability and technical concerns with its tactical network, looking for industry input on long-term solutions to improve resiliency and embracing short-term programs for the most pressing communication needs. Following a period of mission analysis and user feedback from operational units, leadership from […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

DoD Laying Groundwork For Faster Action In Space, General Says

The Department of Defense is trying to speed up the fielding of new space capabilities, but it is too early to say whether that effort will bear fruit, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said March 20. DoD and the Air Force have both assembled teams of leaders who believe in moving more quickly in […]

DoE, DoD Officials Won’t Talk Timeline on NNSA

In separate congressional hearings here Tuesday, senior Energy and Defense officials declined to pin down the date at which the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) might start modifying an existing warhead to create the low-yield, submarine-launched weapon sought by the Trump administration. The Pentagon has already requested 2019 funding to start work on upgrades for the […]

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Deterrence, International Norms Among Senate Panel’s Recommendations For Election Security

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a draft set of bipartisan recommendations for enhancing the security of U.S. election systems, saying that adversaries should know that attacking the country’s election infrastructure would be taken as a hostile act. The committee last year began its investigation into Russian attempts to target U.S. election infrastructure during […]

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CSRA Prefers GD, Which Ups Bid

CSRA, Inc. [CSRA] on Tuesday said its board of directors prefers a proposal by General Dynamics [GD] to acquire the company over an unsolicited, but higher, offer made by CACI International [CACI] over the weekend. General Dynamics and CSRA on Tuesday amended their February merger agreement, with GD now agreeing to up its acquisition price […]

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Perry, Gordon-Hagerty Again Due on Capitol Hill for Budget Hearings

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), are due to testify in Congress this week in separate budget hearings. It will be the second public trip to Capitol Hill in as many weeks for both officials. Gordon-Hagerty will be first to face lawmakers this week. The new […]

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CBO Says Quickly Getting To 355 Ships Will Cost Billions More Per Year

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report comparing various future fleet size costs said moving to a 355-ship Navy in 10-20 years is doable but will cost hundreds of billions more over 30 years. The Navy currently operates 280 ships. The CBO report looked at four options: getting to 355 ships quickly by building more […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Photo: U.S. Navy by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released.

Navy Issues HII Two-Carrier RFP To Help Define Savings

The U.S. Navy released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding to help define possible cost savings when purchasing CVN-80 and 81 as a two-ship buy The service said it has been working with HII for several months to estimate the total cost savings the Navy could achieve by […]