Tag Archives: House Armed Services Committee

DoN Grapples With Need For Rapid Prototyping Amid Congressional Concerns

DoN Grapples With Need For Rapid Prototyping Amid Congressional Concerns

Lt. Stephen Gallagher tries a virtual reality headset at the Innovation Jam hosted aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in March 2016. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Bridge Program welcomes the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Innovation Jam, sponsored by OPNAV N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics and the Office of Naval Research. The Innovation Jam showcases pioneering concepts and rapid solutions, and one of the bright ideas will be selected for initial funding, development, prototyping and possible transition to Fleet-wide implementation. US Navy photo.

Lt. Stephen Gallagher tries a virtual reality headset at the Innovation Jam hosted aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in March 2016. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Bridge Program welcomes the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Innovation Jam, sponsored by OPNAV N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics and the Office of Naval Research. The Innovation Jam showcases pioneering concepts and rapid solutions, and one of the bright ideas will be selected for initial funding, development, prototyping and possible transition to Fleet-wide implementation. US Navy photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Department of the Navy is working with Congress to gain support and trust for prototyping and rapid fielding efforts that help the military keep up with evolving technologies and threats while balancing lawmakers’ need for oversight, the Navy’s acquisition chief told USNI News. Read More

Defense Committee Staffers Outline Need For Acquisition Reform, Bureaucracy Restructure

Defense Committee Staffers Outline Need For Acquisition Reform, Bureaucracy Restructure

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

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

The House and Senate armed services committees are committed to improving defense acquisition, boosting military readiness funding and breaking down Pentagon bureaucracy through their annual defense bills, even if these goals are at times causing friction with the Defense Department, the two committees’ staff directors said today. Read More

DoD On Track For 2017 Audit; USMC Early Achievements Provided Navy Lessons Learned

DoD On Track For 2017 Audit; USMC Early Achievements Provided Navy Lessons Learned

To reach full auditability, the Navy must be able to account for all the money it spends, from buying the biggest of ships to the most mundane of labor contracts.

To reach full auditability, the Navy must be able to account for all the money it spends, from buying the biggest of ships to the most mundane of labor contracts.

The comptrollers and chief financial officers for the Defense Department and the three service departments assured the House Armed Services Committee that they are on track to meet the congressional mandate to pass a complete financial audit by Sept. 30, 2017. Read More

As Navy Faces $848M O&M Shortfall, Picking What Maintenance To Skip Is Full Of Risk

As Navy Faces $848M O&M Shortfall, Picking What Maintenance To Skip Is Full Of Risk

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct maintenance during a ship's restricted availability (SRA) period in Sasebo on April 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conduct maintenance during a ship’s restricted availability (SRA) period in Sasebo on April 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

A mid-year review of Navy operations and maintenance funding found a $848-million shortfall, forcing the Navy to restrict flying hours, defer five ship maintenance availabilities until Fiscal Year 2017, defer continuous maintenance work for two amphibious ready groups and a carrier strike group – and nearly suspend work at the service’s largest regional maintenance center. Read More

Wrapup: HASC Passes FY2017 Defense Bill With Reagan-Era Spending Levels

Wrapup: HASC Passes FY2017 Defense Bill With Reagan-Era Spending Levels

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship. US Navy Photo

The House Armed Services Committee this week passed a bill that gave the Navy and Marine Corps virtually everything they wanted in their procurement accounts – plus an additional $5.9 billion in a separate account – creating a Reagan-era defense bill for their Senate counterparts to accept or reject. Read More

Report: New Contracting Authority Could Help Navy Save 25% On SSBN Missile Tubes

Report: New Contracting Authority Could Help Navy Save 25% On SSBN Missile Tubes

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube "quad-pack" built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

Workers stand pose for a photo in the four-tube “quad-pack” built for the U.S. Ohio Replacement-class and U.K. Successor-class. General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo via US Navy

The Navy could cut Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) missile tube acquisition costs by 25 percent if Congress granted a “continuous production” authority that would allow the U.S. and UK ballistic missile submarine replacement programs buy the tubes at a steady pace, according to a recent report obtained by USNI News. Read More