Navy Preparing 2 Separate Upgrades for Helicopter-Towed Minehunting System

Navy Preparing 2 Separate Upgrades for Helicopter-Towed Minehunting System

Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Tony Lio maneuvers an AQS-24 mine locator during a mine countermeasure operation during the Rim of the Pacific 2004 exercise. US Navy photo.

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Tony Lio maneuvers an AQS-24 mine locator during a mine countermeasure operation during the Rim of the Pacific 2004 exercise. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s helicopter-based mine countermeasures fleet will receive two separate upgrades in the coming years, one to address obsolescence and reliability issues in the legacy AN/AQS-24A system and one to add volume search capability. Read More

Heritage Panel Offers Defense Acquisition Reform Ideas

Heritage Panel Offers Defense Acquisition Reform Ideas

Pentagon“Reform is absolutely necessary” because “every dollar we waste is another dollar not spent on missions,” a senior research fellow at the National Defense University told attendees at forum looking at how to make the Pentagon more efficient and effective in the 21st century. Read More

Panel Suggests Goldwater-Nichols Revisions to Senate

Panel Suggests Goldwater-Nichols Revisions to Senate

U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2015, NASA Photo

U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2015, NASA Photo

Rethinking the role of the regional combatant commands, cutting the Pentagon’s support structure and putting the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff back in the operational chain of command structure were ideas offered to the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday as it revisited the almost 30-year-old Goldwater-Nichols Act. Read More

Navy Swaps Crew on Forward Deployed LCS USS Fort Worth

Navy Swaps Crew on Forward Deployed LCS USS Fort Worth

Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) participates in a combined formation of U.S. and Bangladesh naval ships during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2015. US Navy Photo

Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) participates in a combined formation of U.S. and Bangladesh naval ships during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2015. US Navy Photo

The last crew for the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) deployment to Singapore has taken control of the ship, according to a Monday release from the Navy. Read More

Navy Developing Software To Give Standard Missile-6 Additional Mission Capabilities

Navy Developing Software To Give Standard Missile-6 Additional Mission Capabilities

The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy.

The Navy’s surface ship weapons office is developing software to bring additional mission sets to the Standard Missile-6 surface-to-air missile, which may be ready for fielding in the next year or two. Read More