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Inside the Navy - December 3, 2018
  • Industry feedback leads Navy to change course on CHAMP

    Following industry feedback, the Navy is moving away from its initial vision of a program that would produce one ship hull for five mission sets and is instead weighing using two or more designs.

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  • Geurts: Final decision on two-carrier buy will come by the end of the year

    The Navy expects to decide whether it should pursue a two-aircraft-carrier buy of CVN-80 and CVN-81 by the end of this month, according to the service's top acquisition official.

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  • Inhofe unveils top defense policy priorities; gears up for budget battle

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has an ambitious list of priorities all built around a central line of effort -- increasing the defense budget, despite newly empowered Democrats and a White House looking for spending cuts to offset skyrocketing deficits.

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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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  • Contract Bid Protests

    The Government Accountability Office sustained 15 percent of all contract bid protests in fiscal year 2018, down from 17 percent in FY-17 and 23 percent in FY-16, according to an annual report. "Our review shows that the most prevalent reasons for sustaining protests during the 2018 fiscal year were: (1) unreasonable technical evaluation; (2) unreasonable cost or price evaluation; (3) flawed selection decision," the GAO report reads. "It is important to note that a significant number of protests filed with our office do not reach a decision on the merits because agencies voluntarily take corrective action in response to the protest rather than defend the protest on the merits."

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  • Navy turns to Lockheed for hypersonic flight test support through 2023

    The Navy is turning to its trusted supplier for submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles -- Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, CA, business unit -- to design, develop, build and integrate large rocket motors and missile bodies to support test flights of the service's hypersonic boost-glide vehicle program.

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  • USMC to host Sea Dragon 2025 urban warfare experiment in summer 2019

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA -- The Marine Corps plans to conduct an urban warfare experiment in summer 2019 as part of its Sea Dragon 2025 effort.

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  • U.S. 2nd Fleet to begin operational testing in February

    The recently re-established U.S. 2nd Fleet will begin operational testing in February as it works toward final operational capability in 2019, according to the fleet's commander.

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  • Top admiral, Navy acquisition executive validated FFG(X) requirements

    The chief of naval operations and the Navy's acquisition executive recently validated the requirements for the future frigate, according to service officials.

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  • Geurts: Review team 'likely' for Ford-class advanced weapons elevators

    The Navy is "likely" to stand up an independent review team to help oversee the production, testing, certification and long-term sustainability of the advanced weapons elevators bound for the Ford-class aircraft carriers, according to the Navy's top acquisition official.

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  • Navy seeks participants for autonomous cargo UAS exercise prior to ANTX

    As part of the run up to its annual technology exercise, the Navy is seeking industry participants for an experiment using autonomous unmanned aerial systems to transport cargo between ship and shore, according to a Nov. 27 Federal Business Opportunities notice.

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  • Poor weather, Hurricane Michael delayed UISS milestone C decision

    The minesweeping system subsumed by the Navy's newest mine countermeasures program missed its planned milestone C decision date earlier this year because of poor weather and the impact of Hurricane Michael.

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  • GOP defense chairmen draw line over budget

    Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees used an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal late last week to send a message to President Trump, arguing he should submit a $733 billion defense budget in February, not the $700 billion version Pentagon officials say they have been directed to write by the White House.

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  • Senate Republicans at odds with White House over proposed defense cut

    The opening bell has officially rung in Washington's latest round of arguments over national defense spending.

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  • Northrop Grumman teams with Harris, Comtech on NGJ-LB

    Northrop Grumman last week announced it is teaming with Harris Corp. and Comtech PST for the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band Demonstration of Existing Technologies competition, a new rapid-acquisition effort to field the second increment of the 21st-century airborne jammer by 2024.

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  • Army awards Oshkosh $1.7B JLTV contract, the largest single order to date

    The Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a $1.7 billion contract to produce more than 6,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and more than 22,000 associated vehicle kits -- the largest single order to date for the program that partially consolidates purchases for vehicles Congress funded over three years.

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  • PACAF assessing wing cmdr needs to support increased fighter readiness

    As the Pentagon drives the Air Force and Navy to bring key fighter aircraft to an 80 percent mission-capable rate, the head of the Pacific Air Forces said Nov. 26 he is working with his wing commanders to better understand what they need to increase aircraft availability.

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  • DOD contract obligation boost mostly benefited 'big five'

    The Pentagon's contract obligations grew 13 percent between fiscal years 2015 and 2017 -- but the five largest defense contractors reaped most of that benefit, according to new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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  • Cybersecurity ambitions in NDS meet reality of budget constraints

    Lofty goals in the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy were brought down to earth by a pair of Defense Department advisers, who told a Senate panel last week that a lack of funding will hinder execution of the plan, which deeply incorporates cybersecurity in the consideration of malign actions by nation-states and individuals.

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  • Trump response to China's cyber activities pulls all levers of int'l power

    Senior Trump administration officials have described China's cyber aggressions as a "whole-of-government" campaign from Beijing, and in response the United States is putting in motion a range of policy options involving the Pentagon and economic and trade sanctions, as well as law enforcement actions, according to recently released strategy documents and reports.

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  • Chewning: Government is taking into account BAE's concerns over CFIUS

    A top Pentagon official said an interim Treasury Department rule that has concerned some organizations, including BAE Systems, will go through a regulation-writing process over the next year.

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  • Moody's: UTC split would allow 'enhanced strategic focus'

    United Technologies' plan to spin off Otis and Carrier into separate entities following its acquisition of Rockwell Collins means the company will need an adapted capital structure as well as new capital allocation policies, according to a new Moody's Investors Service report.

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