Category Archives: Budget Industry

White House: Patrick Shanahan Will be Nominated to Become SECDEF

White House: Patrick Shanahan Will be Nominated to Become SECDEF

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan meets with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2019. DoD Photo

This post was updated to include a Tweet from Patrick Shanahan about his nomination.

Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan will be nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Thursday to become the permanent secretary of defense, a position he’s held on an acting basis since the start of the year. Read More

MARAD: U.S. Must Address Military Sealift Vessel and Crew Shortage

MARAD: U.S. Must Address Military Sealift Vessel and Crew Shortage

SATTAHIP, Thailand—A UH-60 Black Hawk is raised from Military Sealift Command’s voyage-charter, general purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Grand at the pier in Sattahip, Thailand. Military Sealift Command Far East photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The few American-built and-operated tankers available to carry fuel for aircraft, tanks, fighting vehicles and trucks into war zones throws into sharp relief the strategic sealift problems facing the nation, a senior Maritime Administration official told USNI News on Tuesday.

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Navy: USS Columbia Will Have Most Complete Design Ever at Official Construction Start

Navy: USS Columbia Will Have Most Complete Design Ever at Official Construction Start

Artist’s rendering of the Columbia-class SSBN submarine. US Navy Image

This post has been updated to correctly state that the first patrol will begin in October 2030 and that design disclosures are on track to be 83 percent complete at the start of construction.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy will have the most complete design ever and will be well into construction when the “official start” of construction on the lead Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine occurs on Oct. 1, 2020, the service’s program manager said. Read More

Raytheon to Arm Marine Corps with Anti-Ship Missiles in $47M Deal

Raytheon to Arm Marine Corps with Anti-Ship Missiles in $47M Deal

U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Regiment, fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-18 in Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 17, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Marine Corps is moving to integrate the Naval Strike Missile with its own forces as the service is pushing into a new era of island-hopping warfare. Read More

VT Halter Marine Details Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid

VT Halter Marine Details Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid

An artist’s rendering of VT Halter Marine’s winning bid for the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. VT Halter Marine image used with permission

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Coast Guard’s next icebreaker is based on a German research vessel, features a unique Finnish propulsion design and is driven by American diesels, shipbuilder VT Halter Marine told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

USNS Comfort Heading to Colombia to Treat Venezuelan Refugees

USNS Comfort Heading to Colombia to Treat Venezuelan Refugees

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative on Dec. 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is expected in June to start a five-month Caribbean deployment to provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the region, notable to refugees flooding into Colombia from neighboring Venezuela.

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Boeing to Retrofit Existing EA-18G Growler Fleet

Boeing to Retrofit Existing EA-18G Growler Fleet

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Daniel Brown verifies the weight of an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Nov. 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Boeing is developing upgrades to the Navy’s existing EA-18G Growler fleet to quickly deliver a Block II electronic warfare aircraft with improved sensor capabilities and more efficient fuel tanks.

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Navy, Pentagon Looking Across Services' Budgets for Truman Refueling Funding

Navy, Pentagon Looking Across Services’ Budgets for Truman Refueling Funding

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 12, 2018. US Navy photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Navy is unsure what spending items, if any, it will have to give up now that the White House has decided it wants to refuel aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), but leaders are confident that the Navy will still find money to keep its unmanned surface vessels on track. Read More

Marine Corps Wants MUX to Fly in 2026

Marine Corps Wants MUX to Fly in 2026

DARPA demonstrator system of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system (UAS). DAPRA Image

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Marine Corps is still evaluating what it wants its proposed large unmanned vehicle to accomplish, but the service wants to issue an airframe request for information in Fiscal Year 2020.

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