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Inside the Navy - December 10, 2018
  • Modly: 'Profound impact' on fleet if DOD topline is cut from $733B to $700B

    A potential $33 billion cut to the Defense Department's topline budget in fiscal year 2020 would have "a profound impact" on the size of the Navy's fleet, said the service's second most senior civilian, who also raised questions about the Navy's latest aircraft carrier program.

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  • Spencer: Navy should conduct freedom of navigation ops in the Arctic

    The Navy should conduct Freedom of Navigation operations in the Arctic as it works toward an increased presence in the region, according to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.

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  • Navy advances work on potential sub-launched hypersonic weapon booster

    The Navy last week plunked down an additional $28.5 million to expand development of a new hypersonic booster for a submarine-launched, Intermediate-Range Conventional Prompt Strike prototype weapon -- exercising an option with prime contractor Lockheed Martin that allocates the largest portion of spending to date to a subcontractor.

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  • F-35 formally enters initial operational test and evaluation

    The F-35 joint program office announced this week the program has officially entered the initial operational test and evaluation phase.

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  • Huntington Ingalls Acquires G2

    Huntington Ingalls Industries said Dec. 3 it has acquired cybersecurity firm G2, which will join the company's technical solutions division. HII did not disclose the terms of the deal. Andy Green, who heads the technical solutions division, told Inside Defense the purchase of G2, which specializes in national cyber defense, computer network exploitation, cyber analytics and the distributed analytic platform, adds about 130 employees to the group. "The vast majority have advanced degrees, the vast majority are very highly cleared," he said. Green said G2 would become part of HII's mission-driven innovative solutions.

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  • Navy awards SeaPort Next Generation contracts worth $5 billion per year

    The Navy last week awarded 1,870 companies indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple award contracts for Seaport Next Generation, the next iteration of the services contracting vehicle SeaPort-e, according to a Defense Department statement.

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  • Marine Corps planning to use OTAs for wargaming prototypes

    The Marine Corps plans to use other transaction agreements to procure wargaming technology prototypes and begin testing those prototypes at the beginning of fiscal year 2020, according to a recent Federal Business Opportunities notice.

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  • Navy accepts delivery of final LCS anti-sub mission package component

    The Navy recently accepted delivery of the Littoral Combat Ship's anti-submarine warfare mission package's final component following testing in Fort Pierce, FL, according to a service statement issued Dec. 4.

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  • Marine Corps seeks info from industry on MADIS components

    The Marine Corps' acquisition arm is requesting information from industry on two components for its Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS), which is expected to go on the service's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

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  • Inhofe 'urging' Trump to up defense budget, but tweets make him 'cringe'

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said Dec. 6 he used a recent White House meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence and national security adviser John Bolton to urge the administration to forgo a planned $33 billion cut to defense spending.

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  • Mattis: NDS priorities will flounder without military spending boost

    SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Dec. 1 denounced a potential cut to the Pentagon's future funding, saying the Defense Department needs Congress' full financial support to meet the National Defense Strategy's goals.

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  • Mattis and GOP defense chairmen go to Trump for budget boost

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accompanied Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to the White House last week to convince President Trump the new defense budget must be at least $733 billion, rather than the $700 billion being floated by the Office of Management and Budget, according to officials with knowledge of the meeting.

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  • Nominees: Anything below $733B defense budget 'would increase risk'

    Military officials nominated to run U.S. Central and Special Operations commands said Dec. 4 that at least $733 billion is necessary to implement the National Defense Strategy, an assertion that aligns them with GOP defense hawks, but runs counter to the White House's position that a $700 billion budget should be considered.

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  • Information technology to be specialized between services

    The military's information technology world is being divided up into specialties to synchronize capabilities and improve interoperability among the services, according to the Army's deputy chief information officer, G6.

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  • As programs grow, Lockheed pursues new talent

    The surge of new aerospace and defense work means Lockheed Martin must look beyond simply recruiting from competitors and must attract new employees to the industry, according to Jeff Babione, the general manager of the company's Skunk Works unit.

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  • Pompeo: U.S. to withdraw from INF Treaty in 60 days unless Russia complies

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week formally announced that if Russia does not come back into compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the United States would withdraw from the pact in 60 days.

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  • China takes center stage at Reagan Forum

    China's evolving military and surging economy continue to loom large in the minds of U.S. defense policy experts, but President Trump sparked new uncertainty about his administration's posture last week by voicing a desire to halt an "uncontrollable arms race" between China, Russia and the United States.

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  • National Defense ISAC announces new executive director

    The National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center announced Dec. 3 that Steve Shirley will become executive director, taking over leadership of the group following a period of major transitions and consolidations among defense info-sharing entities.

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  • DIU now able to issue its own OTAs as it looks to tackle broader projects

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Three years after it launched as the Defense Department's conduit to Silicon Valley, the Defense Innovation Unit can now award contracts using its own other transaction authorities, rather than rely solely on service-led acquisition groups.

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  • Mercury Systems looks to acquisitions and R&D for growth

    Mercury Systems, a supplier to dozens of prime contractors, has been rapidly making acquisitions and is investing heavily in research and development as it seeks growth.

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  • Pentagon moves to implement LPTA limitations

    The Defense Department last week issued a proposed rule that would implement sections of 2017 and 2018 legislation limiting the use of lowest-price, technically acceptable source selection.

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  • Lockheed aims for mid-2019 delivery of F-35 virtual training capability

    Lockheed Martin expects to deliver a key F-35 simulator capability in mid-2019 that will allow pilots to connect with other aircraft and with partner jets in a virtual environment.

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  • F-35 JPO seeks industry support for sustainment SCRM review

    As the Defense Department continues to craft a long-term sustainment plan for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the joint program office is looking to partner with industry to better understand the sustainment risks involving sub-tier suppliers.

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