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Inside the Navy - October 22, 2018
  • CBO: Navy's shipbuilding plan requires $28.9 billion per year going forward

    To achieve its desired 355-ship fleet, the Navy will require in future years an annual shipbuilding budget of $28.9 billion, nearly $5 billion more than the service received in fiscal year 2019 and one-third more than the service has estimated, according to a new analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office.

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  • XLUUV prototype contracts to be awarded in early 2019

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy expects to award fabrication contracts in early 2019 for phase two of a new unmanned undersea vehicle program, according to an officer overseeing the effort.

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  • Marine Corps will use OTA for Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Marine Corps plans to use an other transaction agreement for the Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype to speed the acquisition process, according to a senior service official.

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  • Trump: DOD's budget will 'probably be' $700B next year

    President Trump said last week the Defense Department's budget in fiscal year 2020 will "probably be $700 billion," a potential cut of approximately 2.3 percent, though he said other departments will be asked to make 5 percent cuts.

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  • Pentagon, Israeli defense officials ink anti-tunneling R&D agreement

    The Defense Department and Israeli ministry of defense have inked an agreement to begin collaborating on counter-tunneling capabilities, paving the way for the two nations to team up where the Pentagon has developed a portfolio of about a dozen projects -- including an effort this year to identify a tunnel test site with terrains and geologies of mutual interest.

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  • Navy acquisition chief says service looking at budget trade-offs

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy's top acquisition official said last week the service is looking at ways to shift and save funding for its upcoming budget request, citing the recently canceled Assault Amphibious Vehicle survivability upgrade program as an example.

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  • Coffman: Navy preparing mine warfare plan

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy's expeditionary warfare office is preparing an overarching mine warfare plan, which will eventually be approved by the service's top admiral and general, to more clearly communicate its strategies and objectives, according to a Marine Corps general overseeing the effort.

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  • Pentagon approves new Navy MCM USV program

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Pentagon recently approved a mine countermeasures program that will adapt three payloads for use on an unmanned surface vehicle, according to an officer overseeing the program.

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  • DOD acquisition chief tightens oversight of new rapid prototyping programs

    Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord is increasing oversight of developmental weapon programs for which the military seeks to use a new rapid prototyping authority granted by Congress.

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  • Navy still eyeing CHAMP, but not ruling out single-mission ship designs

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Early findings from the Navy's studies on a common hull for five unique missions are driving the service to reconsider its requirements to avoid "predisposition" toward an answer, according to two Navy officers responsible for strategic sealift.

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  • Navy releases service management portion of NGEN recompetition RFP

    The Navy last week published its final request for proposals for the service management portion of the Next Generation Enterprise Network recompetition, according to a statement from the program executive office for enterprise information systems.

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  • LPD-17 Flight II acquisition strategy coming in FY-20

    ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The acquisition strategy for the Navy's future amphibious San Antonio-class (LPD-17) Flight II ships will become clearer in the fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to a senior Navy official.

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  • Most F-35s return to flight operations following fuel tube inspections

    More than 80 percent of the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and those of international partners are returning to flight operations several days after the fleet was temporarily suspended for an enterprise-wide fuel tube inspection, according to the Joint Program Office.

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  • Navy seeks industry input on Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle

    The Navy is seeking input from industry on its proposed medium unmanned surface vehicle, according to a new request for information.

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  • Navy awards Austal USA $57.8 million contract for EPF

    The Navy has awarded a $57.8 million contract to Austal USA for the Expeditionary Fast Transport 13, according to an Oct. 18 Pentagon announcement.

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  • Senior Democrat lawmaker wants to stop U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia

    Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week that all U.S. sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia should be halted pending an international investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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  • Harris and L3 Technologies to combine in merger of equals

    Harris and L3 Technologies said they have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger to create a defense contractor with about $16 billion in annual sales and about 48,000 employees.

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