Requirements Debate Continues to Delay UCLASS RFP

Requirements Debate Continues to Delay UCLASS RFP

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An artist's concept of the Navy's Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) from Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s concept of the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) from Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Image

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has pushed back the release of the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft because the service’s top leadership has not yet signed-off on those specifications. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on Marine Corps' Next Amphibious Vehicle

Document: Report to Congress on Marine Corps’ Next Amphibious Vehicle

An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). US Navy Photo

An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). US Navy Photo

The following is the March, 19 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress.

On January 6, 2011, after spending approximately $3 billion in developmental funding, the Marine Corps cancelled the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program due to poor reliability demonstrated during operational testing and excessive cost growth. Read More

Document: Congressional Report on Maritime Territorial Disputes Involving China

Document: Congressional Report on Maritime Territorial Disputes Involving China

A 1947 map of China's maritime claims.

A 1947 map of China’s maritime claims.

The following is from the March, 14 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress

China’s actions for asserting and defending its maritime territorial and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claims in the East China (ECS) and South China Sea (SCS), particularly since late 2013, have heightened concerns among observers that ongoing disputes over these waters and some of the islands within them could lead to a crisis or conflict between China and a neighboring country such as Japan, the Philippines, or Vietnam, and that the United States could be drawn into such a crisis or conflict as a result of obligations the United States has under bilateral security treaties with Japan and the Philippines. Read More

DARPA Awards Contracts in Search of a 460 MPH Helicopter

DARPA Awards Contracts in Search of a 460 MPH Helicopter

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Sikorsky bid for DARPA's VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. DARPA Photo

Sikorsky bid for DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. DARPA Photo

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to four companies to design a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that is much faster than a helicopter but retains excellent hover capability. Read More

Opinion: In Defense of Navy's Science and Engineering Emphasis

Opinion: In Defense of Navy’s Science and Engineering Emphasis

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Lt. Brittny Lambert talks to a midshipman about flight operations in the landing signal officer shack aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). US Navy Photo

Lt. Brittny Lambert talks to a midshipman about flight operations in the landing signal officer shack aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). US Navy Photo

According to a recent opinion piece in USNI News, Naval commissioning programs’ preference for officers with science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degrees is a misguided policy that will create an officer corps devoid of critical thinking skills. Read More