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The INSIDER - October 21, 2014

Posted on InsideDefense.com: October 21, 2014
Ship Shape.

Big news on the LX(R) program tops this week's Inside the Navy:

Mabus Signs Decision Memo: LPD-17 Variant Preferred Platform For LX(R)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a decision memorandum last week that lays out the service's determination that a design based off the LPD-17 San Antonio-class hull form is the preferred alternative for a notional LX(R) amphibious replacement fleet, according to the memo obtained by Inside the Navy.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, former Commandant Gen. James Amos and Sean Stackley, the Navy's top acquisition official, first signed the document, dated Oct. 14. The memo was then forwarded to Mabus, who officially approved the decision with his signature.

Senior Navy officials had made the case to Mabus in an Oct. 9 briefing that the service move forward with this alternative, ITN reported Oct. 13. Greenert, Amos, Stackley and Dunford attended the meeting.

We're still working on getting a shareable version of that memo, so stay tuned.

Tactical.

ITN also covered last week's Association of the United States Army conference:

Army Wraps Up JLTV Limited-User Testing; Marines Begin Trials Soon

The Army recently wrapped up its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle limited-user testing where soldiers performed three different mission cycles, and the Marine Corps will begin its experimentation soon, according to an Army official.

Col. John Cavedo, JLTV program manager, told Inside the Navy Oct. 15 after his presentation at the annual convention of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, that he observed some of the testing at Ft. Stewart in Georgia.

Each mission cycle lasts about 96 hours and the soldiers get a break in between, he said.

Related AUSA news:

Northrop Grumman Humvee Modernization Costs About $145K Per Vehicle

Northrop Grumman pitched its humvee modernization solution last week during an annual Army conference contending it will cost the government about $145,000 per vehicle, according to a company executive.

Jeff Wood, vehicle modernization director for Northrop Grumman, told reporters Oct. 14 at an annual convention of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, the company's solution will extend the vehicle's life through 2040.

"It returns the humvee to its original performance, payload and maintains the current force protection," Wood said.

Australia Sale.

Australia wants to buy APKWS rocket kits:

Australia Submits Letter Of Request To Buy More Than 1,000 APKWS Units

The Australian Defence Forces recently submitted an official letter of request for a foreign military sale of at least 1,000 units of the U.S. Navy's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket, according to a BAE Systems official.

Australia plans to field BAE's APKWS on that country's Army Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and Navy MH-60R Seahawk platforms beginning in 2015, Joe Tiano, APKWS program manager for BAE, told Inside the Navy in an Oct. 16 interview.

Australia submitted the official LOR in the last month, Tiano said, adding that the country is looking at more than 1,000 units to start.

Eyes Of A Hawk.

Newer-model E-2 Hawkeyes will have fully replaced legacy ones by 2027:

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Declared Operational; First Deployment In 2015

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy recently declared the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye operational and plans to replace legacy aircraft in each squadron by 2027, according to a service official.

Capt. Drew Basden, airborne command and control and logistics wing commodore, told reporters here Oct. 16 that he signed paperwork to declare the aircraft operational on Oct. 9 but it did not go into effect until the following day, Oct. 10.

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron-125 (VAW-125) will be the first E-2D operational squadron and will deploy in 2015 aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The Hawkeye acts as the "digital quarterback" for the carrier strike group, Capt. John Lemmon, E-2/C-2 tactical data system program manager told reporters during the same media day.

Grab Bag.

Some new documents of note:

DOD Instruction On The Pentagon's Directives Program

The Oct. 17, 2014, Defense Department instruction "updates established policy, assigned responsibilities, and procedures governing" directives, instructions, manuals, publications, directive-type memoranda and "OSD administrative instructions (AIs)."

DOD Instruction On Audit Policies

The purpose of the Oct. 16, 2014, Defense Department instruction is "to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for DOD audits."

DOD Notice Of TRAC Meeting

On Oct. 17, 2014, the Defense Department announced its Threat Reduction Advisory Committee would hold a closed meeting on Nov. 4-5, 2014, to "obtain, review and evaluate classified information related to the Committee's mission to advise on technology security, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD), counterterrorism, and counterproliferation."

-- John Liang

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