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Geurts: Navy Needs Large-Scale Innovation to Deter Adversaries

Geurts: Navy Needs Large-Scale Innovation to Deter Adversaries

James F. Geurts, the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, speaks to the crowd about acquisition on Aug. 15, 2019 at the Marine Corps Ground Acquisition Award Dinner in Arlington, Va., in 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy needs to pursue large-scale innovation and experimentation across the service to deter U.S. adversaries, according to the department’s number-two civilian. Read More

Wittman: Navy Needs Money in its Budget for Modernization, But Not From Cutting Cruisers

Wittman: Navy Needs Money in its Budget for Modernization, But Not From Cutting Cruisers

Guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG-66) was inducted into the Cruiser Modernization program on Oct. 3, 2019. US Navy Photo

 

This post has been updated to clarify that Rep. Rob Wittman would like to see a defense budget of $757 billion, which equals the Fiscal Year 2021 enacted budget plus inflation. In his spoken remarks, he mistakenly said $753 billion.

The Navy is facing pressure to find savings within its own budget to pay for investments in future technologies like unmanned vehicles and hypersonic and directed energy weapons – but those savings shouldn’t come from the early decommissioning of cruisers and amphibious ships, a key lawmaker said today. Read More

Former Acquisition Chief Geurts to Fill in as Navy Undersecretary

Former Acquisition Chief Geurts to Fill in as Navy Undersecretary

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)), speaks with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) workforce in February 2018 to highlight his priorities and answer questions on issues impacting the information warfare environment. US Navy photo.

James “Hondo” Geurts, who served as the Navy’s acquisition chief for more than three years, will return to the Department of the Navy leadership team to fill in as the department’s number-two civilian, the service announced today
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Navy Now Has 15 Tech Bridges Across U.S. and in U.K. to Tackle Fleet Problems in New Ways

Navy Now Has 15 Tech Bridges Across U.S. and in U.K. to Tackle Fleet Problems in New Ways

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 and the 617 Squadron sit on the flight deck aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea on Oct. 6. 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy’s first international Tech Bridge in London was formally launched last week, the same week that the U.S. announced two new Tech Bridge locations, showing how much the sea service values this forum for collaboration with community businesses and researchers. Read More

USS Gerald R. Ford Making Steady Progress Ahead of Deployment

USS Gerald R. Ford Making Steady Progress Ahead of Deployment

USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) island on Oct. 22, 2020. US Navy Photo

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been in and out of port for more than a year as the Navy continues to wring out the bugs from the new technologies on the next-generation carrier. While progress is steady, the program still has several milestones to achieve before it’s ready for its inaugural deployment. Read More

Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only If Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only If Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN-791) was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system in 2018. HII Photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries is confident its businesses are well-positioned for whatever the future of the Navy is – whether it’s the implementation of the Pentagon’s Battle Force 2045 plan or something else implemented by new leadership, according to the chief executive. Read More