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Huntington Ingalls, Kinder Morgan Jointly Exploring Opportunities For Avondale

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on Friday said it has teamed with the energy company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners [KMP] to explore redevelopment opportunities for HII’s Avondale shipyard in Louisiana, which is on a path to eventually be closed down once work is completed on a Navy ship program.   HII’s effort with Kinder Morgan […]

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New LCS Timeline. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley tells the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee that the cost of the last Littoral Combat Ship may go up because of budget-driven delays. Subcommittee chairman Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) asks about the Navy’s plans to defer one of the four fiscal year 2015 ships to FY ’16. […]

Lockheed Martin Expects First Foreign Sale of LCS Hull This Year

Lockheed Martin [LMT] anticipates the first foreign sale of its international version of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship sometime this year, a company executive said Friday. Joe North, vice president for littoral ship systems at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training unit, said the interested country is a Southeast Asian nation but would not […]

Rheinmetall To Supply Norway With New Military Logistics Trucks

Rheinmetall AG April 4 said it has a major order for military wheeled logistical vehicles from the Norwegian armed forces. The vehicles are made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), a joint venture with Rheinmetall AG holding 51 percent and MAN Truck&Bus AG holding 49 percent. Signed at RMMV’s Vienna plant, the framework contract for […]

RD-180 Study Committee Members Taking Shape

A former high ranking Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) officer and a former NASA administrator are participating in the Defense Department’s study into the feasibility of producing the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine in the United States. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Howard “Mitch” Mitchell, former AFSPC director of operations and now the vice president of […]

DoD Resisting Proposed Legislation Prohibiting Use Of RD-180

The Defense Department is resisting proposed House legislation that would prohibit use of the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines in national security space launches, according to a letter obtained by sister publication Defense Daily. In an April 3 letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Assistant Defense Secretary for Legislative Affairs Elizabeth King strongly opposes legislation […]

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Set For Multi-Year E-2D Hawkeye Production

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Navy is close entering into a multi-year production contract with Northrop Grumman [NOC] for the production of 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command and control and early wanting aircraft. The Navy went into full-rate production for five of the aircraft last year. The multi-year will take place over five years. Capt. John Lemmon, […]

Federal Agencies Continue Push To Outsource IT And Cloud Services

With federal IT departments spending an estimated 50 percent of their budgets on life-cycle support, agencies have been looking to the private sector for efficiencies.  Following White House guidance, there has been a major push to outsource server hosting and clouds services to commercial data centers. As part of their contracts, commercial providers are responsible […]

Navy Eyes Late September for NMCI Transition

The Navy is confident it can transition to the next generation of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) by the end of September, about three months earlier than the expected timeframe based on when the service awarded the contract to Hewlett-Packard [HP], a program official said April 4. The Navy’s program manager for the Next Generation Enterprise Network […]