Category Archives: Budget Industry

CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

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An artist's conception of a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

An artist’s conception of a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

The U.S. Navy’s top uniformed officer said that while he does not expect an autonomous unmanned strike aircraft to emerge in the coming decades, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) might prove to be very useful. Read More

Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

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Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) on Sept. 1, 2014. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-commissioning unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) on Sept. 1, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is starting early preparation work to design a new nuclear attack submarine to replace the Virginia-class boats (SSN-774) in the 2030s. The new attack boat would become operational in 2044 after the last Block VII Virginias are built. Read More

A Brief History of Grooming in the U.S. Navy

A Brief History of Grooming in the U.S. Navy

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Military grooming standards made news this summer when African American women in the Army and Navy complained about revisions in the regulations governing hair. At least one sailor was discharged for a hairstyle that was unauthorized when the Navy said she couldn’t wear a gas mask properly.

The instance is the latest in a long line of revisions and controversies over military grooming standards in the U.S. Navy going back more than a century.

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NAVSEA: Submarines Control Systems are at Risk for Cyber Attack

NAVSEA: Submarines Control Systems are at Risk for Cyber Attack

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Virginia-class attack boat North Dakota during recent sea trials. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack boat North Dakota during recent sea trials. US Navy Photo

The head of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) warned that the U.S. Navy will have to
ramp up its cyber-security efforts to secure the controls systems of its submarines.

“It is the threat to our control systems,” Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of NAVSEA, told an audience at the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va. on Wednesday. Read More

Russian Foreign Minister: No Need for NATO in the Arctic

Russian Foreign Minister: No Need for NATO in the Arctic

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USS New Mexico (SSN 779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. US Navy Photo

USS New Mexico (SSN 779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. US Navy Photo

There were no emerging problems in Arctic that require NATO involvement and, “moreover, there are no problems there which demand military decisions,” Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said in a foreign policy lecture on Monday. Read More

Panel: China Expanding Submarine Capabilities

Panel: China Expanding Submarine Capabilities

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People's Liberation Army Navy Type-92 submarine. PLAN Photo

People’s Liberation Army Navy Type-92 submarine. PLAN Photo

China is constantly improving underwater operations and investments in platforms, sensors, and even oceanographic research, said Thomas Mahnken of Johns Hopkins School of Advance and International Studies during a Monday panel at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Read More

Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy's Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib

Memo: Hull Based on San Antonio Design is Navy’s Preferred Option for Next Generation Amphib

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USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

USS Arlington (LPD-24) under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls Industries Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has signed an internal memo recommending the service base its next generation amphibious warship (LX(R)) on the existing San Antonio-class (LPD-17) warship design, first reported by the Inside the Navy newsletter on Monday. Read More

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

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Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy said that service might take a second look at the mix of scholarships it offers to Naval ROTC midshipmen in the next few years. Read More