Category Archives: Budget Industry

Document: Congressional Research Service Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program Report

Document: Congressional Research Service Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program Report

From the Congressional Research Service Sept. 27, 2013 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) report:The LCS program has become controversial due to past cost growth, design and construction issues with the lead ships built to each design, concerns over the ships’ ability to withstand battle damage, and concerns over whether the ships are sufficiently armed and would be able to perform their stated missions effectively. Some observers, citing one or more of these issues, have proposed truncating the LCS program to either 24 ships (i.e., stopping procurement after procuring all the ships covered under the two block buy contracts) or to some other number well short of 52. Other observers have proposed down selecting to a single LCS design (i.e., continuing production of only one of the two designs) after the 24th ship. Read More

Pentagon Faces its own Debt Ceiling Crisis

Pentagon Faces its own Debt Ceiling Crisis

Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale

Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale

If the debt ceiling is not raised there would be delays in paying salaries even to the military and recalled Pentagon employees, as well as meeting obligations to contractors—from shipyards to health care providers, the Pentagon comptroller warned Thursday.

Although the hearing of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee had been called primarily to learn why the Department of Defense (DoD) did not recall all its workers, Robert Hale said the debt ceiling problem “is a very different kind of situation” from the one faced during the shutdown. Read More

Raytheon Wins Next-Generation Navy Radar Contract

Raytheon Wins Next-Generation Navy Radar Contract

An artist's conception of the Air Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). Raytheon Photo

An artist’s conception of the Air Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). Raytheon Photo

Raytheon has won a $386 million contract for the Navy’s next-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), officials with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told USNI News on Thursday.

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Navy’s First Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Testing

Navy’s First Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Testing

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) conducted high-speed trials, reaching speeds approximately 40 knots off the coast of Virginia in August. US Navy Photo

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) conducted high-speed trials, reaching speeds approximately 40 knots off the coast of Virginia in August. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s first Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) has completed its initial operational testing and evaluation builder Austal USA announced on Wednesday. Read More

Shutdown: Impact on Navy Operations is Still Unclear

Shutdown: Impact on Navy Operations is Still Unclear

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG-61), USS Barry (DDG-52) and USS Stout (DDG-55) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) on Sept. 27. US Navy Photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG-61), USS Barry (DDG-52) and USS Stout (DDG-55) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) on Sept. 27. US Navy Photo

Even with most of the Navy’s civilian workforce returning to their jobs on Monday, there are still lingering questions on how the government shutdown on the Navy’s ships and aircraft. Read More

Shutdown: Most Pentagon Civilians Return to Work Today

Shutdown: Most Pentagon Civilians Return to Work Today

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the Department of Defense National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 20, 2013. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the Department of Defense National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 20, 2013. DoD Photo

The Pentagon today will be bringing back most of the 350,000 civilian employees who were put on furlough last week in the wake of a congressional deadlock over spending bills for this fiscal year, Department of Defense officials announced Saturday. Read More

Navy's Environment Chief on Small Business and Disaster Relief

Navy’s Environment Chief on Small Business and Disaster Relief

Then-Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, speaks with panelist retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn in 2009. US Navy Photo

Then-Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, speaks with panelist retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn in 2009. US Navy Photo

The advice the newly confirmed assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment offered to the dozens of small innovative businesses trying to win defense contracts—such as KSI Video and Solar Cookers International—was stark: consider selling 30 percent of the business to a larger contractor, one that knows the ins and out of the labyrinth of government buying. Read More

Document: GAO UCLASS Acquisition Needs More Oversight

Document: GAO UCLASS Acquisition Needs More Oversight

From the Sept. 26 Government Accountability Office report: Navy Strategy for Unmanned Carrier Based Aircraft System Defers Key Oversight Mechanisms.

UCLASS faces several programmatic risks going forward. First, the UCLASS cost estimate of $3.7 billion exceeds the level of funding that the Navy expects to budget for the system through fiscal year 2020. Second, the Navy has scheduled 8 months between the time it issues its request for air vehicle design proposals and the time it awards the air vehicle contract, a process that DOD officials note typically takes 12 months to complete. Read More

Shutdown: Navy-Air Force Football Game Back On

Shutdown: Navy-Air Force Football Game Back On

U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Trey Miller (1) hands off the football during the 113th Army-Navy Football game at Lincoln Financial Field in 2012. US Navy Photo

U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Trey Miller (1) hands off the football during the 113th Army-Navy Football game at Lincoln Financial Field in 2012. US Navy Photo

The football game between the Naval and Air Force academies is back on, according to a Naval Academy release obtained by USNI News. Read More