The Navy's LHA-8 amphibious assault ship design includes a redesigned flight deck with a smaller island, allowing for the well deck reintroduction without sacrificing aviation capability for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, a Marine official said earlier this month.
The Joint Strike Fighter program office is mindful of the
potential risks in shifting test points within its planned test program and
believes it is making progress on a number of troublesome F-35 items, including
the carrier variant's tailhook, the program's logistics system, future software
blocks and the next-generation helmet to be used on all three versions of the
The Navy and its industry partners are implementing more operations and support cost-saving measures into the Virginia-class submarine Block IV buy through a reduction in total ownership cost study, according to a service official.
While the Defense Department's next Quadrennial Defense Review has not yet started, possible topics for the Marine Corps may include executing the national strategy under budgetary reductions, force structure and force sizing, according to the service's QDR representative.
The Guardian (MCM-5) may have run aground on the Tubbataha
Reef in the Philippines' Sulu Sea on Jan. 17 due to inaccurate navigation
charts, the Navy announced last week. Personnel evacuated the ship and left it
on the reef due to bad weather, and the Navy is still determining how to free
the ship without harming the reef, which is a World Heritage Site. The day
after the grounding, "the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency provided
the Navy preliminary findings of a review on Digital Nautical Charts that
contain inaccurate navigation data and may have been a factor," though the Navy
is still investigating to more fully understand what took place, according to the
Navy statement.117 words
The Marine Corps continues to take its time to define requirements for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle program because the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle left a "scar" and the service wants to get it right, according to a top official.
BAE Systems and Boeing are pushing their Mark 38 Tactical Laser System through intense internally funded testing, hoping to get onto a ship for at-sea testing as soon as one is available, company officials said earlier this month.
Despite the prevalent fear that future budget cuts will always mean that funding for surface ship maintenance will be the first to go, a panel of surface ship maintenance leaders said earlier this month that several initiatives are making the most of limited resources and finding innovative ways to keep costs down and sailors properly trained.
LINTHICUM, MD -- If affordability is the name of the game in
Navy contracting right now, then modularity is the key to winning awards,
particularly the Air and Missile Defense Radar around which the next generation
of destroyers is centered, a Northrop Grumman official said last week.827 words
Getting away from single-mission ships and moving toward modularly-constructed ones with common hull parts and separately-built combat systems is the only way the Navy will be able to afford to sustain its fleet going forward, two Navy admirals said earlier this month at the Surface Navy Association's annual national symposium in Arlington, VA.
The Marine Corps is working closely with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in an effort to revolutionize the way ground vehicles are designed and built for the services, according to a service official.
The Defense Department's cost assessment and program
evaluation office will soon launch an analysis of alternatives for the LX(R),
the replacement to the LSD amphibious dock landing ship, according to Marine
Corps Maj. Gen. Timothy Hanifen, the Navy's expeditionary warfare requirements
The Pentagon is canceling major conferences, including a
missile defense gathering, following Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's
recent guidance to curtail the events amid federal fiscal woes.653 words
The Pentagon's list of technologies that cannot be exported
is outdated and does not do what it was designed to do, the Government
Accountability Office says in a Jan. 23 report.411 words
The Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is
likely to remain grounded for "several weeks" until program officials are
confident they have explained and corrected an issue with the F-35B's
fueldraulic system, according to a senior program official.326 words
Senior officials from the Joint Strike Fighter program office
and lead F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin said last week they expect to have a
definitized contract in place for the aircraft's sixth and seventh production
lots by the summer, which would represent a major improvement over the
year-long negotiations required for Lot 5.929 words
The F-35 program's recent grounding of its Marine Corps
variant due to a fuel-line failure comes amid continuing concern in the
Pentagon and on Capitol Hill about the reliability of all three versions of the
fighter jet.668 words
Pentagon officials must ensure that they do not take steps to
harm acquisition workforce improvements or hinder critical hiring efforts in
light of potential confusion over sequestration guidance, according to Defense
Department guidance.386 words