Category Archives: Budget Industry

LCS Mission Packages: The Basics

LCS Mission Packages: The Basics

USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) US Navy Photo

USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) US Navy Photo

The beating heart of both variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) is the series of three mission packages the Navy is developing to handle some of the service’s most dire needs in the littorals.

The modular ship is a marked departure from the past in the way the Navy develops capability for its surface fleet. Sailors often liken the LCS to a video game system—with the mission packages being the actual games. But instead of “Halo” or “Call of Duty,” sailors will try their hands at mine countermeasures (MCM), surface warfare (SuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

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Document: GAO Report on Next Generation Jammer

Document: GAO Report on Next Generation Jammer

From the Aug. 20, 2013 Government Accountability Office report on Next Generation Jammer.

The Department of Defense (DOD) has assessed whether the planned Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program is duplicative using a variety of means, but none of them address all of the system’s planned roles or take into account the military services’ evolving airborne electronic attack investment plans. Read More

Document: CNO's Navigation Plan 2014 to 2018

Document: CNO’s Navigation Plan 2014 to 2018

From the document issued on Aug. 16, 2013:
A Navigation Plan draws from Sailing Directions to describe in greater detail how a ship will use its resources to safely and effectively sail to a new destination. Similarly, CNO’s Navigation Plan describes how Navy’s budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2018 pursues the vision of the CNO’s Sailing Directions. It highlights our investments that support the missions outlined in our defense strategic guidance (DSG), Sustaining U.S. Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, viewed through the lens of my three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. This Navigation Plan defines the course and speed we will follow to organize, train, and equip our Navy over the next several years. Read More

NASA and Navy Test Capsule Recovery Plan

NASA and Navy Test Capsule Recovery Plan

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) recover an Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) recover an Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. US Navy Photo

The Navy and NASA conducted tests this week in Norfolk, Va. to prove that a San Antonio-class (LPD-17) amphibious warship could be used to recover the space agency’s next bid for manned space flight, NASA officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

HII Launches Fourth National Security Cutter

HII Launches Fourth National Security Cutter

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, the fourth Legend-class National Security Cutter, was launched Aug. 10, 2013, at Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss. Huntington Ingalls Inc. Photo

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, the fourth Legend-class National Security Cutter, was launched Aug. 10, 2013, at Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss. Huntington Ingalls Inc. Photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) launched the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753), the fourth in a class of eight planned Legend-class National Security Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More

AUVSI 2013: UCLASS Requirements Modified Due to Budget Pressure

AUVSI 2013: UCLASS Requirements Modified Due to Budget Pressure

 An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The reduction in strike capability of the Navy’s next generation carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle was born of fiscal realities, said Dyke Weatherington, the Pentagon’s director of unmanned warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

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Levin: Close Vote Likely in Senate Military Sexual Assault Measure

Levin: Close Vote Likely in Senate Military Sexual Assault Measure

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Sen. Carl Levin in 2012. US Navy Photo

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Sen. Carl Levin in 2012. US Navy Photo

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says commanders “are essential to winning this fight” [against sexual assault], but he expects a “much closer vote on the floor” as to whether they will be the ones deciding to prosecute such cases. Read More

AUVSI 2013: Who Should Operate the Navy’s Unmanned Aircraft?

AUVSI 2013: Who Should Operate the Navy’s Unmanned Aircraft?

Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy DeYoung and Naval Aircrewman 1st Class David Berber, both reservists attached to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 60, demonstrate the MQ-8B Fire Scout flight simulator in 2012. US Navy Photo

Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy DeYoung and Naval Aircrewman 1st Class David Berber, both reservists attached to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 60, demonstrate the MQ-8B Fire Scout flight simulator in 2012. US Navy Photo

As the Navy prepares to train operators for the bevy of planned unmanned aerial the service should consider creating an officer class specific to the unmanned aerial systems (UAS), said an analyst with Northrop Grumman at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

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