Megan Eckstein

About Megan Eckstein

Megan Eckstein is the deputy editor for USNI News. She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy.


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New JO Deck Course Showing Results, Boosting Young SWOs’ Competency

New JO Deck Course Showing Results, Boosting Young SWOs’ Competency

Ens. David Williams, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, left, and Lt. j.g. Kevin Hunter, from Pittsburg, right use the ship’s surface radar to locate surface contacts aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62). US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy is continuing its drive to better train junior surface warfare officers, rolling out new courses in San Diego and Norfolk to try to increase the overall proficiency of these officers before they show up to ships. Read More

Navy Prefers Fielding 'Revolutionary' Combat Capability Through New Weapons Rather than New Hull Designs

Navy Prefers Fielding ‘Revolutionary’ Combat Capability Through New Weapons Rather than New Hull Designs

Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) pulls along pierside in Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy is striving to field “revolutionary combat capability” in new ships and through mid-life modernizations, but it can do so while keeping risk low by focusing on new weapons and systems rather than radical new hull designs, the program executive officer for ships said. Read More

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brent Vigil, from San Diego, runs diagnostic testing on an antenna aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a replenishment-at-sea. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s chief engineer thinks the Navy could make better use of ship-readiness data if the service could adopt a faster process to write and field software, and he’s eyeing the upcoming launch of a new readiness-monitoring system as an opportunity to be more agile in software development.

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Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls

Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls

IBNS helm controls on USS Dewey (DDG-105). US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy will begin reverting destroyers back to a physical throttle and traditional helm control system in the next 18 to 24 months, after the fleet overwhelmingly said they prefer mechanical controls to touchscreen systems in the aftermath of the fatal USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collision. Read More

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

Navy Considering More Advanced Burke Destroyers as Large Surface Combatant Timeline Slips

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 Block IIIA on Nov. 18, 2018. Bainbridge is underway with Norfolk-based cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units from Carrier Strike Group 12 conducting a Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) event. US Navy photo.

SAN DIEGO – The Navy is looking at “something beyond even a Flight III” combat capability for its new-build destroyers, as its plans for transitioning from building the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to the future Large Surface Combatant continue to evolve and the LSC procurement date continues to slide. Read More

ANTX Tech Demonstrations Helping Refine Future Distributed Naval Operations

ANTX Tech Demonstrations Helping Refine Future Distributed Naval Operations

Advanced Naval Technologies Exercise (ANTX) WEST 2019 military and civilian participants assessed a number of emerging technologies with a specific focus on Command and Control (C2), Communications (COMMS), Kinetic and Non-Kinetic Fires (FIRES), Unmanned Systems (UxS), Counter Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (C-ISRT). US Marine Corps photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and Marine Corps are using their tech experimentation series to better understand how to execute new warfighting concepts and to see how evolving gear may change those concepts. Read More

USS Montgomery at Sea for First International Exercise Since LCS Deployments Restarted

USS Montgomery at Sea for First International Exercise Since LCS Deployments Restarted

Indonesian Navy sailors watch as the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) arrives in the port of Tanjung Perak as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2019 on July 31, 2019. US Navy Photo

A Littoral Combat Ship operating in the Pacific is participating in its first international exercise since the LCS program reorganized and rebooted its deployments to Singapore. Read More

Rear Admiral Relieved from NAVSEA Job Due to Inappropriate Relationship

Rear Admiral Relieved from NAVSEA Job Due to Inappropriate Relationship

Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson, then the director of Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addressed Hampton Roads area engineering duty officers (EDO) during the EDO Road Show in January 2017 hosted by Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy photo.

Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson was relieved from his duties as the Naval Sea Systems Command director of industrial operations due to an inappropriate personal relationship, service told USNI News on Friday. Read More