The Navy has determined three types of vessels it would develop as part of future surface combatant programs, and the service expects to complete the initial capabilities document for the family of vessels by July, according to officials.
As they wait for Congress and the Trump administration to sort out the messy details of funding the federal government, officials at Naval Sea Systems command are quietly planning for building toward the president's goal of a larger Navy.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said this week he is worried that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis might be unknowingly steered in the wrong budgetary direction by former Obama administration officials at the Pentagon, who, Thornberry asserts, have spent the past several years denying the existence of readiness problems and fighting congressional efforts to increase defense spending.
July 17, 2002 -- The Air Force awarded a $140 million ballistic missile flight test and data collection and analysis support contract to Van Nuys, CA-based Xontech, Inc. and Chelmsfor, MA-based Schafer Corp., the Pentagon announced yesterday.
The companies will "provide highly specialized scientific and technical analysis regarding air-breathing vehicles, satellites, and ballistic missile threats," a Defense Department statement reads. "This effort supports the Have Gold III threat research and development, data collection, and analysis program."
The Navy is still analyzing how to dispose of the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) once the inactivation work is complete in August by Newport News Shipbuilding, according to an official.
The Navy earlier this month held a "fleet maintenance summit" to determine how it can better calculate funding requirements for ship and submarine maintenance, according to the head of Naval Sea Systems command.
The head of the F-35 joint program office told lawmakers this week he is 'confident' he won't be asking lawmakers for more money to complete development, stating that favorable future negotiations could free up funds to mitigate additional costs.
The first of the Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers is expected to head out to sea soon to light off its radar, as well as to test out fixes made to the ship's propulsion system, according to the Navy.
The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input to develop an architecture to enhance offensive swarming tactics with an eye for how this could help in challenging urban environments, according to a new broad agency announcement.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose primary public role in the fledgling Trump administration has been the reassurance of foreign allies, stands to benefit from the exit of Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, who the White House said was forced from his job by the president after an "erosion" of trust stemming from statements he made about a wiretapped conversation with Russian officials.
In an oblique appeal to the Trump administration, the Aerospace Industries Association is touting a "record trade surplus of $90 billion in 2016" and continued support of the U.S. manufacturing sector.
It will cost $400 billion over the next 10 years to operate, maintain and modernize U.S. nuclear forces, an average of $40 billion annually, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' directive to review the Joint Strike Fighter program stems from a pair of phone calls then-President-elect Donald Trump had in January with F-35 Joint Program Office director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the senior Air Force officer told lawmakers.
The Pentagon has stripped plans for the United States to participate in buying Joint Strike Fighter aircraft as part of a new three-year "block-buy" contract, largely limiting participation in the potential multiyear deal to foreign buyers, according to a senior Defense Department official. The deal was originally touted to save as much as $3 billion.
Boeing officials plied President Trump's staff with literature on a newly rebranded variant of the Super Horner -- the F/A-18 XT -- which the defense contractor is pitching in response to Trump's request for a proposal to compete against the Navy's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft requirement.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said last week that Michael Flynn's resignation as national security advisor "raises further questions" about the Trump administration's policy toward Russia.
Inside the Navy covers Navy and Marine Corps programs, policy and modernization efforts. Focus areas include shipbuilding, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, unmanned development efforts and the sea service's shift to the Asia-Pacific region.