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Inside the Navy - January 14, 2019
  • New LHA, LHD overhaul model may see funding in FY-23 for 'beta test'

    Expeditionary warfare officials aim to identify funding in a future budget to start proving out concepts necessary to design a new maintenance and modernization model for big-deck amphibious ships, according to a Navy official.

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  • Navy sets MQ-25 price tag at $15.2B, nearly $2B higher than service cost position

    The Navy estimates the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aircraft system -- the service's first operational unmanned aircraft for the aircraft carrier fleet -- will cost $15.2 billion to acquire, up nearly $2 billion from a $13.3 billion price tag the service tallied last year.

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  • Army, Marine Corps exploring IBCS-G/ATOR integration

    The Army is coordinating with the Marine Corps to integrate the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense program, a sign of new confidence by the Army that its $7.9 billion IAMD program -- beset two years ago by a string of serious developmental setbacks and schedule delays -- has turned a corner and is "on track" for fielding in 2022 or sooner.

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  • Pentagon fires back on allegations Shanahan is favoring Boeing

    The Pentagon says allegations that acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, a 31-year executive at Boeing, has acted improperly to benefit his former employer or is biased in favor of the company are unfounded and untrue.

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  • CNO To China

    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing this week, the Navy said Jan. 11. Richardson will meet with Chinese navy chief Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and Central Military Commission leadership during a three-day visit from Jan. 13 to 16. The goal of the trip is continuing "a results-oriented, risk-reduction-focused dialog between the two militaries," a Navy statement reads. Richardson previously met the Chinese admiral at a seapower symposium last year and has conducted three discussions through video teleconference.

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  • Navy seeking potential contractors to produce SEWIP Block III

    The Navy is seeking information from contractors interested in producing the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block III, according to a Jan. 7 notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

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  • HII hires former Navy sub boss Tofalo

    Huntington Ingalls Industries last week announced it hired retired Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo as its corporate vice president of program integration and assessment.

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  • Marine Corps seeks information on cloud migration

    The Marine Corps' acquisition arm is seeking information from industry on how the service could move data onto the cloud.

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  • Norquist: DOD has final budget topline; Thornberry supports $750B request

    Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said Jan. 9 the Defense Department has a final budget topline for fiscal year 2020, but would not say what it is amid comments from Pentagon sources saying it will likely be $750 billion.

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  • Pentagon aims to cut cost to sustain F-35A by 43 percent

    The Pentagon needs to cut about 43 percent of the annual cost to sustain the F-35A by 2036 in order to meet sustainment affordability goals, according to a new report to Congress.

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  • Navy prioritizes 'extreme cost-conscious acquisition' in CHAMP trade studies

    The Navy's formal solicitation for trade studies concerning a new common hull form for auxiliary ships stresses the need for "the most extreme cost-conscious acquisition approach" and prioritizes sealift as the most important mission set of the five requiring recapitalization.

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  • Former officials see challenges in fraying nuclear security consensus

    The potential for House Democrats to remove their support for a nuclear triad and uncertainty surrounding how the Trump administration will proceed on arms control agreements are among the top issues threatening a "fragile" consensus on nuclear security, according to former diplomats and defense officials.

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  • DOD releases new 'other transaction' guidance, clarifies follow-on production

    The Defense Department has released a new guide on using other transaction agreements to better define key milestones and terms after a production OTA was successfully protested last year.

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  • Defense Innovation Board to host first public meeting on AI principles

    The Defense Innovation Board will convene the first public meeting to discuss artificial intelligence principles later this month at Harvard University's Belfer Center in Cambridge, MA.

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  • M&A lawyers prep for closer scrutiny from regulators concerned about cyber

    Lawyers navigating mergers and acquisitions are preparing for a greater focus by regulators on the cybersecurity implications of deals involving foreign parties and are grappling with efforts to determine whether certain foundational and emerging technologies qualify for government reviews.

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  • Senators offer bill creating WH office focused on supply-chain threats

    Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently announced a new bill that would establish an office within the White House aimed at galvanizing stakeholders to stem the threat of intellectual property theft from China through forced technology transfers, and to secure the supply chain for critical technologies.

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  • Lawyer: Warner-Rubio bill should receive prompt consideration

    A new bill by Senate Select Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) could take the issue of export controls on emerging technology out from under the auspices of a relatively obscure government office and bring it to a larger stage -- and should receive prompt consideration in Congress, according to a leading attorney who specializes in the national security implications of cybersecurity policy.

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  • UK's new modernization program seeks efficiencies to boost space, cyber

    The United Kingdom's new modernization program puts increased importance on the cyber and space domains and launches a new transformation fund for innovative technologies, but paying for the effort will require finding efficiencies in existing programs, according to a Ministry of Defence official.

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  • General Dynamics promotes Kirchmaier, Schmid

    General Dynamics said Jan. 11 that Robert Helm, its senior vice president for planning and development, will become special adviser to the chief executive, effective April 1.

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  • DOD hands lawmakers list of critical tech to protect from cyber adversaries

    The Defense Department has submitted a list of technologies that must be protected from cyber and foreign adversaries such as Russia and China, according to a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee, a move that is intended to guide efforts to secure the military's cyber supply chain and reform the acquisitions process.

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  • Parsons COO: OGSystems acquisition slated to include all employees

    Parsons' acquisition of OGSystems is not meant to result in cost savings, according to the chief operating officer of Parsons.

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