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Inside the Navy - June 26, 2017
  • Navy mulls using Air Force MQ-1s after 2018 retirement

    CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV. -- The Navy is considering a plan to recycle the Air Force's soon-to-be retired MQ-1 Predators for its own use, a Navy spokeswoman confirmed to Inside the Air Force last week.

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  • Navy expected to notify Congress before July 4 on LCS budget offset

    The Navy and the Office of Management and Budget are in discussions over the budget offset for a second Littoral Combat Ship in the fiscal year 2018 budget and plan to notify Congress of their decision before the July 4 recess, multiple sources confirmed to Inside the Navy.

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  • House wants Navy plan to accelerate production of ALaMO ship-defense weapon

    A House panel is signaling its interest in a promising new weapon system, asking the Navy to draft plans to accelerate production of a project begun as a secret research and development effort and adopted in the Navy budget as a stand-alone program in fiscal year 2017: the Advanced Low Cost Munition Ordnance (ALaMO), being developed by Plano, TX-based L3 Mustang Technology.

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  • Marines test 'critical link' between Amphibious Vehicle Increment 1.1, 1.2

    The Marine Corps recently tested a "critical link" between Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 and 1.2, which was the ability to launch and recover the system from an amphibious assault ship.

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  • Fitzgerald Investigation

    U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin directed Rear Adm. Brian Fort to lead an investigation into the Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collision, according to a June 23 service statement. The ship experienced extensive damage June 16 after colliding with a Filipino container ship off the coast of Honshu, Japan. The ship suffered damage resulting in three large compartments flooding that included one machinery room and two berthing areas. Seven sailors were found deceased.

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    A senior Pentagon official has told House and Senate lawmakers an ongoing study of the utility of sea-based national missile defenses confirms an earlier analysis showing no technical reasons why the Navy could not assume a major role in NMD.

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  • Navy will submit shipbuilding plan that does not reflect 355-ship fleet

    The Navy will submit a 30-year shipbuilding plan in fiscal year 2018 that does not reflect its plans for a 355-ship fleet because the budget does not support growing the force, according to a service official.

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  • SM-3 Block IIA fails intercept flight test on heels of MDA production approval

    The joint U.S.-Japan effort to develop a new ballistic missile interceptor suffered a setback last week when the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA failed to intercept a target during its second attempt, potentially complicating plans to transition future testing of the new weapon into the Ballistic Missile Defense System architecture.

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  • Navy awards $3 billion contract modification for LHA-8

    The Navy recently awarded a $3 billion contract modification to Ingalls Shipbuilding for procurement of detail, design and construction for LHA-8.

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  • House subcommittee mark approves seven-year V-22 Osprey buy

    The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee has approved a seven-year V-22 multiyear procurement contract with a caveat: the aircraft must include common configuration improvements.

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  • Courtney: House subcommittee mark requests 13 ships in fiscal year 2018

    The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee mark directs the Navy to purchase 13 ships in fiscal year 2018, which disregards the service's initial request of eight vessels.

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  • McCain questions Shanahan's Boeing ties; threatens to block nomination

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) on June 20 questioned the corporate ties of President Trump's deputy defense secretary nominee Patrick Shanahan, and threatened to block the former Boeing executive's nomination if he continued to "duck" questions on the threat posed by Russia.

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  • New defense topline budget numbers emerging from GOP committees

    The rough draft of the defense topline for fiscal year 2018 is significantly higher than the figure sought by the Trump administration, though negotiations continue and a partisan budget battle remains likely, according to multiple sources inside three separate House committees.

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  • Readiness subcommittee leaves BRAC proposal unaddressed

    The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee's portion of the defense policy bill does not provide for a new Base Realignment and Closure round for the Defense Department, but the full committee's bill may address the issue, according to congressional aides.

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  • Pentagon briefing lawmakers on U.S. military advantages over Russia, China

    As the Defense Department tries to convince Congress to raise budget caps and return to regular order, the Pentagon has begun briefing lawmakers in detail about how the U.S. military's upper hand over potential enemies is slipping away, according to a top general.

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  • DOD advisory task force seeking 'new approaches' to CI mission

    The Defense Department is seeking new ways to strengthen counterintelligence capabilities, looking beyond simply spending more money to defend against "insider" threats and seeking "new approaches" to the challenge of managing massive stores of sensitive data in an age where an individual can, in one fell swoop, make off with a "staggering scale" of state secrets.

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  • House authorizers aim to shift procurement away from MDA

    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is advancing legislation requiring the Pentagon to shift acquisition authority for operational missile defense systems from the Missile Defense Agency to the military departments.

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  • House authorizers call for more oversight of F-35 EOQ strategy

    Some House authorizers are proposing additional oversight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's economic order quantity strategy, calling for reporting requirements similar to those of a multiyear procurement deal.

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