Category Archives: U.S. Navy

ONR's Autonomous USVs Prove Ability To Allocate Tasks, Dynamically Adjust As Mission Evolves

ONR’s Autonomous USVs Prove Ability To Allocate Tasks, Dynamically Adjust As Mission Evolves

Unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boats operating autonomously close in on a contact of interest during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Sept. 30, 2016. US Navy photo.

Unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boats operating autonomously close in on a contact of interest during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Sept. 30, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Office of Naval Research demonstrated for the second time the ability to turn already-fielded small boats into unmanned autonomous systems and use them for missions like harbor defense, two ONR program officials told reporters this week. Read More

Opinion: Want a better Navy? Try Fixing the Little Things

Opinion: Want a better Navy? Try Fixing the Little Things

Air-Traffic Controller 2nd Class Alexes Boutin, assigned to the operations department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in 2012. US Navy Photo

Air-Traffic Controller 2nd Class Alexes Boutin, assigned to the operations department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in 2012. US Navy Photo

In Malcom Gladwell’s bestselling book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, he provides an example how New York City lowered crime by employing a program based on the “Broken Window theory.” The theory was the brainchild of James Q. Wilson and George Kelling “who argued that crime is the result of disorder. If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge.” When this theory was put into practice in New York and the little things were taken care of (i.e. cleaning up graffiti) crime went down, and the residents of New York felt more secure and proud of their city.

The Navy’s new leadership team in Washington fortunately are not tasked with solving a crime wave in the fleet, but the concept of the Broken Window theory applies to any organization—fixing the little things can make a big difference. Read More

Raytheon Excalibur Round Set to Replace LRLAP on Zumwalts

Raytheon Excalibur Round Set to Replace LRLAP on Zumwalts

Artist's concept of an Advanced Gun System Firing a Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP).

Artist’s concept of an Advanced Gun System Firing a Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP).

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post misstated the cost of an Excalibur 155mm guided round. A round plus the container is sold to the U.S. Army at about $70,000 per round.

THE PENTAGON — The Navy is looking to Raytheon’s Excalibur guided artillery round to replace the effective but expensive Long Range Land Attack Projectile for the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers, defense officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More

SECNAV Mabus to Officially Designate First ORP Boat USS Columbia (SSBN-826)

SECNAV Mabus to Officially Designate First ORP Boat USS Columbia (SSBN-826)

The Blue crew of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) transits the Hood Canal as it returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrent patrol on Sept. 30, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Blue crew of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) transits the Hood Canal as it returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a routine strategic deterrent patrol on Sept. 30, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy will formally name the first-in-class ballistic missile submarine USS Columbia (SSBN-826) in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Read More

Navy Wants to Weave LCS, Unmanned Systems, Subs into New Battle Network

Navy Wants to Weave LCS, Unmanned Systems, Subs into New Battle Network

USS Coronado (LCS-4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy Photo

USS Coronado (LCS-4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy Photo

The Navy is looked to expand the web of connections currently linking its ships, planes and weapons to include submarines, smaller ships and unmanned systems to create a warfighting network that would be challenging for an adversary to bring down, the Navy’s surface warfare director (OPNAV N96) said. Read More

Marines, Army Studying Vertical Lift Technology Advancements Ahead of New Programs

Marines, Army Studying Vertical Lift Technology Advancements Ahead of New Programs

Artist's concepts of the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant (above) and the Bell-Lockheed Martin V280 Valor.

Artist’s concepts of the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant (above) and the Bell-Lockheed Martin V280 Valor.

As both the Marine Corps, Army and the Navy are looking to the next generation of vertical lift, potential adversaries are forcing the services’ to move their support facilities further and further away from the forward line of combatants, the head of Marine rotorcraft requirements told a Washington audience Friday. Read More