Tag Archives: Senate Armed Services Committee

Navy Plans MQ-XX Stingray With Only ISR, Tanking Capability; Marines Testing MQ-8C Fire Scout On Amphibs

Navy Plans MQ-XX Stingray With Only ISR, Tanking Capability; Marines Testing MQ-8C Fire Scout On Amphibs

The X-47B on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo

The X-47B on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy is sticking to its plans to field an unmanned MQ-XX Stingray platform with just tanking and surveillance capabilities to start with, while the Marine Corps is experimenting with the MQ-8C Fire Scout to help inform its path forward for amphibious assault ship-based unmanned aviation, officials said Wednesday. Read More

Navy Forming Closer Partnerships With DARPA, SCO To Advance High-Risk Projects

Navy Forming Closer Partnerships With DARPA, SCO To Advance High-Risk Projects

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tests its Sea Hunter unmanned vehicle -- the technology demonstration vessel it designed, developed and built through its anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel program, or ACTUV -- in Portland, Ore., prior to an April 7 commissioning ceremony. DARPA photo.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tests its Sea Hunter unmanned vehicle — the technology demonstration vessel it designed, developed and built through its anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel program, or ACTUV — in Portland, Ore., prior to an April 7 commissioning ceremony. DARPA photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Innovative Pentagon-level organizations such as the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are increasingly partnering with the Navy and other services as attention and money shifts away from wars in the Middle East and on to new ways of operating in a rapidly evolving environment, officials said Tuesday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Read More

Navy, Marines Developing New CONOPS For Contested Littoral Operations

Navy, Marines Developing New CONOPS For Contested Littoral Operations

The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), front, and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21), conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196) while operating in the Mediterranean Sea in January 2015. US Navy photo.

The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), front, and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD-21), conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196) while operating in the Mediterranean Sea in January 2015. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy and Marine Corps are developing concepts of operations for littoral operations in contested environments, including near Syria with Russian anti-access weapons deployed, officials told the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee this week. Read More

Navy Will Decide In POM 2018 If It Can Build 2 Attack Subs in 2021

Navy Will Decide In POM 2018 If It Can Build 2 Attack Subs in 2021

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) prepares to get underway for routine operations from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., March 15, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) prepares to get underway for routine operations from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., March 15, 2016. US Navy photo.

If the Navy is going to maintain its rate of building two Virginia-class attack submarines a year even while building the Ohio Replacement Program ballistic missile submarine, the service must make that decision sooner rather than later. Read More

Stackley: Arleigh Burke Flight III Destroyer, Air Missile Defense Radar Development On Track

Stackley: Arleigh Burke Flight III Destroyer, Air Missile Defense Radar Development On Track

An artist's conception of a Raytheon's SPY-6 radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer . Raytheon Image

An artist’s conception of a Raytheon’s SPY-6 radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer . Raytheon Image

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s chief acquisition officer said despite recent shifts in its destroyer acquisition outlook – the service’s program to put a next generation radar on a Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer (DDG-51) hull is on track. Read More

Navy Could Accelerate LX(R) to 2019 Start, Industry's 2018 Request Not Feasible

Navy Could Accelerate LX(R) to 2019 Start, Industry’s 2018 Request Not Feasible

San Antonio-class amphib Portland launches at Ingalss Shipbuilding on Saturday. HII Photo

San Antonio-class amphib Portland launches at Ingalls Shipbuilding on Saturday. HII Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy could pull the first LX(R) dock landing ship replacement up a year, from Fiscal Year 2020 to 2019, to address vendor needs, but it could not buy the ship in 2018 as an industrial base coalition has requested, the service’s acquisition chief said Wednesday in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Read More

Harris: PACOM Needs More Subs, Long-Range Missiles To Counter Chinese Threats

Harris: PACOM Needs More Subs, Long-Range Missiles To Counter Chinese Threats

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — China’s recent actions to militarize the South China Sea have changed the operational landscape, and the U.S. Pacific Command needs more attack submarines and long-range surface missiles to keep up with the evolving threat, PACOM commander Adm. Harry Harris told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Read More

Final FY 2016 Spending Bill Released; Funds Super Hornets, Growlers, Additional F-35s

Final FY 2016 Spending Bill Released; Funds Super Hornets, Growlers, Additional F-35s

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The House and Senate appropriations committees released a final Fiscal Year 2016 spending plan that meets the new requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and funds the Defense Department at $572.8 billion in base and Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funding. Read More