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Inside the Navy - August 13, 2018
  • Spencer: Two-ship buy analysis may be sent to Congress by 'mid-fall'

    The Navy secretary last week said he hopes to deliver to Congress detailed information about potential cost savings realized through a two-ship buy of the third and fourth Ford-class aircraft carriers by "mid-fall."

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  • Supplier of faulty welding on subs working to understand scope of defects

    The company responsible for faulty welding on missile tubes slated for the Navy's Columbia-class submarine is still working to understand the full scope of the defective work, its chief executive told Wall Street investors last week.

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  • DOD IG: Marine Corps failed to appropriately disclose aircraft readiness

    Squadron commanders in the Marine Corps failed to appropriately disclose the readiness of their aircraft due to uncertain standards and a lack of oversight, the Defense Department inspector general has found.

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  • Pentagon moves to create Space Force as a new branch of the military

    At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

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  • Bill Signing

    President Trump will sign the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill Aug. 13 at Ft. Drum, NY, according to a statement from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). "I am honored that President Trump has accepted my invitation to visit Ft. Drum and the brave men and women of the 10th Mountain Division on Monday," she said. "I am proud of the partnership with this administration to begin rebuilding our military, and the president's visit is an important opportunity to highlight this achievement and to thank our men and women in uniform for their service."

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  • Navy will assess if it can double LCS dry-docking interval in FY-19

    The Navy will assess whether the dry-docking interval for the Independence-class of Littoral Combat Ships can be doubled from 32 months to 64 months in fiscal year 2019, according to a Navy spokesman.

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  • Navy creates agility task force for emerging technologies

    The Navy has formed an agility task force designed to help the service expedite its creation and use of "emerging technology."

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  • New SCO director aims to maintain 'optempo,' with tech demos forthcoming

    The new director of the Strategic Capabilities Office says several technology demonstrations are planned for the coming weeks, as he looks to maintain the "optempo" the office has set in developing novel ways of using existing conventional capabilities to deter China and Russia.

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  • Pentagon's big acquisition shake-up still waiting on two key players

    The Pentagon is touting its new efforts to reorganize its acquisition and innovation system, but remains without two key administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate.

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  • Trump officials pledge 'streamlined' arms sales to boost defense industry

    Trump administration officials said Aug. 8 the government has embarked on a new era in foreign military sales to boost the U.S. defense industry and maintain global influence amid the rise of China and resurgence of Russia.

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  • British defense chief stresses defense industry partnerships with U.S.

    The United Kingdom's top defense official last week stressed military relations with the United States remain strong thanks partly to robust industrial partnerships and foreign military sales, though he noted that "some" are quick to discount the UK's contributions to global stability.

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  • Defense Innovation Unit drops 'experimental' to reflect permanence at DOD

    The military's Silicon Valley start-up is no longer an experiment, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 official.

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  • DSB recommends new roadmap to bolster defense against WMDs

    A Pentagon advisory panel is advancing two dozen recommendations for changes in policy, organization, personnel and technology that collectively aim to improve the U.S. military's ability to deter, prevent the threat from -- and deal with the aftermath of an attack of -- chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, according to a summary of a three-volume, classified report.

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  • Oracle files pre-award protest in $10B JEDI cloud competition

    Oracle America filed a pre-award protest last week against the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure solicitation, as the company argues the contract will lock DOD into a "legacy cloud" for the next decade.

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  • Pentagon still working through cost, scope of Space Force

    The Pentagon hasn't yet determined the cost to create a new Space Force, but the deputy defense secretary said last week he assumes it will require "billions" of dollars in additional resources.

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  • Selva: Standing up Space Force will be complicated

    The military's second highest-ranking officer said Aug. 10 that while the Pentagon will fully support President Trump's direction to propose the creation of a Space Force, the complicated path toward a sixth service will require "significant work with Congress."

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  • Leidos executive to depart

    Leidos said Aug. 2 Timothy Reardon, the head of the company's defense and intelligence group, will leave the company.

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