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Navy Lays Bare F/A-18 Readiness Gaps, Could Take Year to Surge Air Wing

Navy Lays Bare F/A-18 Readiness Gaps, Could Take Year to Surge Air Wing

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, practices a touch-and-go landing on May 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, practices a touch-and-go landing on May 11, 2016. US Navy Photo

Three out of four F/A-18s are not ready to go to war and it could take up to a year for the Navy to pull together enough reserve fighters to field a surge force air wing, service officials told members of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Read More

Unmanned CBARS Tanker Air Segment Draft RFP Expected Later This Year

Unmanned CBARS Tanker Air Segment Draft RFP Expected Later This Year

An artist’s conception of Boeing’s UCLASS offering taken as part of the company’s display at the U.S. Navy League 2015 Sea Air Space Exposition. US Naval Institute Photo

An artist’s conception of Boeing’s UCLASS offering taken as part of the company’s display at the U.S. Navy League 2015 Sea Air Space Exposition. US Naval Institute Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Naval Air Systems Command is set to release a new draft request for proposal for its unmanned aerial refueling tanker to industry later this year, USNI News has learned. Read More

Former COMSUBFOR Connor: Navy Needs to Accelerate Submarine Innovation

Former COMSUBFOR Connor: Navy Needs to Accelerate Submarine Innovation

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) transits into formation during a photo exercise as a part of Exercise Malabar 2015 on Oct. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) transits into formation during a photo exercise as a part of Exercise Malabar 2015 on Oct. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

While the Navy “had been dominant—and benefited immensely” from its strength in undersea capability, the Russians and Chinese are posing new challenges to its retaining that edge, the chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee said Tuesday in opening a series of hearings on “game-changing” concepts and capabilities. Read More

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The Senate Armed Services Committee — concerned with the Navy’s direction for its planned unmanned carrier aircraft program — wants the Pentagon to oversee development of two new carrier capable prototype unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and restart testing of the service’s two Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) in a combined $725 million effort, according to a summary of the SASC’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 defense authorization bill released Thursday evening. Read More

Navy Looking at Accelerating VPM Design to Allow Earlier Production

Navy Looking at Accelerating VPM Design to Allow Earlier Production

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction in 2012. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy is looking into the feasibility of accelerating design and development work on the Virginia Payload Module (VPM) in case the service decides to begin production earlier than the 2019 planned start, Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley said Wednesday at a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing. Read More

New Heritage Foundation Study Ranks U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Strength as ‘Marginal’

New Heritage Foundation Study Ranks U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Strength as ‘Marginal’

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepare for a live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Feb. 10, 2015. US Navy

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepare for a live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Feb. 10, 2015. US Navy

A newly created “Index of Military Strength” rates the Navy and Marine Corps as “marginal” in being able two fight two major regional conflicts almost simultaneously while having sufficient reserves to carry out other missions. Read More