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Inside the Navy - August 21, 2017
  • Navy plans to implement tax in fiscal year 2019 across all programs

    The Navy plans to institute a procurement tax across every program in the fiscal year 2019 budget, according to multiple sources.

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  • New LCS manning concept will cost Navy additional $245M over five years

    Shifting the Navy's manning strategy for the Littoral Combat Ship will cost the service an additional $245 million over the next five years, according to a service spokesman.

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  • MUOS constellation schedule breached over operational deficiencies

    The Navy postponed declaring full operational capability for the Mobile User Objective System, causing a schedule breach in the program's baseline, according to a Selected Acquisition Report obtained by Inside the Navy.

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  • Plan to restructure DOD acquisition sparks concern among former weapons testers

    Former top Defense Department weapons testers are concerned a new bureaucratic shake-up, combined with the possible departure of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), could weaken their former office's influence on decisions to procure multibillion-dollar weapon systems.

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  • 4,000 Missiles

    Tomahawk manufacturer Raytheon Missile Company successfully delivered its 4,000th Block IV cruise missile to the Navy, according to an Aug. 16 service statement. The government's milestone comes following a production acceptance test that took place at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD earlier this month. "Each member of the Tomahawk team has played a vital role in achieving this meaningful milestone and it is definitely one to be celebrated," Capt. Mark Johnson, Tomahawk Weapons System program manager said in a statement, characterizing Tomahawk as the "nation's weapon of choice."

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  • White House OMB sends out FY-19 defense R&D wish list

    The White House Office of Management and Budget wants the Defense Department to give “special focus” to missile defense, hypersonic weapons, autonomous and space-based systems as well as other technologies when drawing up research and development investments for fiscal year 2019, according to a recent memo.

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  • Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer design is 91 percent complete

    The design for the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is 91 percent complete as the Navy is wrapped up in continued contract negotiations with General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for DDG-126 and DDG-127.

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  • Navy buying 'proven laser weapon' system for destroyers

    The Navy is looking to buy a 60-150 kW high energy laser weapon system with an integrated counter intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance laser for non-destructive dazzling capabilities against unmanned aerial vehicle-mounted sensors, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

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  • Congress approves $9.7M in funds preventing Knifefish stop-work order

    The Navy has not stopped work on the unmanned undersea vehicle Knifefish because Congress approved $9.7 million in reprogramming funds this fiscal year to continue program integration and testing efforts.

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  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to replace legacy Hornets at NAS Oceana

    The Navy plans to transition 62 F/A-18A/C/D Hornet aircraft in its fleet and reserve squadrons based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia to F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft beginning as early as 2018.

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  • DOD ducks requirement to rank 'optimized mix' of U.S. military aircraft in study, report 

    The Defense Department is sidestepping a requirement to conduct a review of the U.S. military's future aircraft needs originally requested by Congress to produce a prioritized ranking -- or "optimized mix" -- of short- and long-range strike aircraft as well as the best combination of manned and unmanned platforms.

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  • Trump administration echoes concerns about outlook for future military aircraft

    The Trump administration is echoing concerns raised by the Obama administration about the ability of the aerospace sector to sustain the unique design and manufacturing skills needed to ensure future U.S. military combat aircraft can be both designed and produced, according to a report by the Pentagon office charged with monitoring the defense industrial base.

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  • SCO seeks new round of proposals, including 'non-traditional defense technologies'

    The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office is gathering new ideas for potential funding in the areas of autonomous systems, deep learning, cyber, cross-domain kill chains and non-traditional defense technologies.

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