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Inside the Navy - April 24, 2017
  • Marine Corps 'Force 2025' begins taking shape

    The Marine Corps' project to reshape its force for future warfare has begun in earnest, as the service took steps this spring to re-organize the structure of command and infantry units, as well as identify several capabilities the service needs to make greater investments in, according to top officials.

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  • Navy's Advanced Arresting Gear program incurs critical cost breach

    The Ford-class aircraft carrier's Advanced Arresting Gear has incurred a critical cost breach after congressional authorizers made the Pentagon use a 2009 cost estimate as the program's baseline.

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  • Navy orders Boeing to delve into T-45 issues citing 'compelling urgency'

    The Navy recently awarded Boeing a $700,000 sole source contract to delve into the T-45 Goshawk environmental control system due to "unusual and compelling urgency" after pilots reported an uptick in physiological episodes.

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  • Navy to release new science and technology 'framework' this summer

    The Navy will release a new document to guide the service's science and technology developments in July, according to an Office of Naval Research official.

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  • F-35C targeting system

    The F-35 integrated test force used an F-35C Joint Strike Fighter to drop a laser-guided bomb on a moving target at Edwards Air Fore Base, CA, in March, according to the Air Force. The F-35C is the Navy's primary version of the JSF, as it can be launched from an aircraft carrier. During the March 29 test, the aircraft used a GBU-12 Paveway II guided bomb to destroy a small pickup truck. According to the statement, it was the first time the force had done a weapons delivery accuracy test from an F-35 using the 3F software configuration.

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  • GAO urges Pentagon to delay Navy's frigate acquisition

    Government auditors are again urging the Pentagon to delay the Navy's frigate program, as the Defense Department reviews the requirements and acquisition strategy for the ship.

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  • Pentagon agrees to adjust troop counts when comparing AAV, ACV costs

    The Pentagon is supporting a Government Accountability Office recommendation that it adjust troop figures to more accurately compare the operations and support costs of Assault Amphibious Vehicles with those of Amphibious Combat Vehicles.

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  • Congress wants a sub optimized to host special operations forces

    Congress wants the Navy to design a submarine optimized to host special operations forces based on the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine.

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  • General Atomics tells Navy accelerated acquisition is part of its culture

    General Atomics is pitching the Navy that it is the best vendor for the MQ-25 Stingray program because accelerated acquisition is part of the company's culture, according to an executive.

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  • DIUx remains a priority under Mattis

    The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, which faced an uncertain future at the start of the Trump administration, remains a priority now that Defense Secretary James Mattis runs the Pentagon and reports directly to him in the same way it did with his predecessor, Ash Carter, who established DIUx to inject greater innovation into the acquisition system.

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  • DSB: Additional $2.5B needed per year to defend against advanced missiles

    Improving ballistic and cruise missile capabilities and inventories by potential adversaries could render U.S. military forces -- particularly equipment and units deemed critical to war plans -- vulnerable, and requires a new three-pronged strategy to shore up U.S. defenses that could cost $2.5 billion annually.

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  • DSB: U.S. must trade in air dominance for 'on-demand air superiority'

    The U.S. military, which for a generation has wielded the world's preeminent air power capability, needs to prepare to trade in expectations for air dominance -- control of the entire battlespace at all times -- for something new: "on-demand air superiority," a shift due to increasing technological prowess of potential adversaries that will render U.S. air dominance unaffordable.

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  • Pentagon faces shutdown in Trump's first 100 days

    As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office this week, the Pentagon and other federal agencies have been notified by the White House to begin precautionary preparations for a government shutdown in the event Congress cannot pass a budget bill by April 29 or agree to extend a stopgap spending measure.

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  • DOT&E: Operational test workforce 'steadily declining'

    The Pentagon's operational test workforce has been shrinking and is expected to be 42 percent smaller in 2020 than it was in 2010, according to a recent report sent to lawmakers by the Defense Department's top weapons tester.

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