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Some military members who plan to serve full careers are driven by unforeseen circumstances to leave active duty. The Navy has been experimenting with a more flexible career path for these service members called the Career Intermission Pilot Program.
In the wake of U.S. Navy, media and watchdog reports about the trials and tribulations of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has established a special board this week to shepherd the program.
The Aegis combat system is a core part of the U.S. Navy's DDG guided missile destroyer construction plan, with its integration anchoring the vessel's testing milestones, according to a review of the recent DDG-113 contract awarded to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).
The LHA-6 USS America amphibious assault ship and USS Somerset (LPD-25), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, are running a bit behind the initial delivery schedule to the U.S. Navy, but shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) sees no reason for concern.
While the U.S. Navy touted the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom's completion of special trials in May as a solid success, service officials still found issues on the ship that need to be addressed, according to ship documents recently obtained by Aviation Week.
The apparent greater focus on shipbuilding accounts -- compared to aviation spending -- during discussions on where to find cuts in overall U.S. Navy spending makes sense, defense analysts say, even though the service has historically spent roughly equal amounts on both.
To deal with the problems witnessed firsthand by Aviation Week and other issues identified on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom, the U.S. Navy is paying more money than it had planned to repair and maintain the ship.
India on April 27 conducted the first flight of the naval version of its Light Combat Aircraft.
The U.S. Navy has apparently found a way to reduce some of the early risk and cost for its Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) by considering a phased approach to the deployment of the X-band sensor for the suite, according to industry sources' initial analysis of the draft request for proposals (RFP).
Now that Ingalls Shipbuilding has tackled production problems with the U.S. Navy's LPD-17 San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock ship, the company is researching the possibility of using the ship for additional missions or technology upgrades, says Irwin Edenzon, Ingalls president and vice president at parent company Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Key technology for the U.S. Navy's proposed Air and Missile Defense Radar is advancing more quickly than the service brass had anticipated, casting doubt on some of the criticism leveled lately at the AMDR development program, says the program executive officer for Integrated Defense Systems.
The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research plans to take robot submarines to a new level.
Operating the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will force the service to re-evaluate its traditional staffing paradigm, according to the LCS Concept of Operations (conops), which was obtained by the Aviation Week Intelligence Network.
The overall CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier program price tag is increasing roughly $2.2 billion -- or about 5.5% -- to $42.5 billion, the Pentagon estimates in its recent Selected Acquisition Report (SAR).
As promised, the U.S. Navy is focusing on taking greater care of its surface fleet, with the release this month of a new manual that details how the service will better maintain most of those ships.
The U.S. Navy has already altered its Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship, LCS-1, to address problems uncovered in testing, but the ship still needs to be fundamentally redesigned, say leading defense analysts.
The U.S. Navy will keep its aircraft carrier fleet at the now-magical number, 11, while other ships are being slipped or cut over the next five years, according to a preview of the upcoming fiscal 2013 budget request detailed Jan. 26 by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The U.S. Navy should do a "thorough analyses of alternatives (AOA) for its future surface combatant program," the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended in a report released Jan. 24.
The new set of Pentagon priorities discussed Jan. 5 by President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta includes provisions that will likely bolster U.S. naval forces -- but possibly dampen service plans for some proposed fleet upgrades.
The Navy is hoping to shift 10-15% of its sole-source work into a competitive environment in the coming years as part of a push to more smartly buy and manage weapon system development and production in a tightly constrained budget environment.