June 2019

A top US Navy engineer says the fleet needs to get out and bust the rust

[ad_1] WASHINGTON – With the Navy looking to keeps its surface combatants such as the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers for 40-to-45 years each, sailors and maintainers must do everything they can to keep corrosion under control, one of the Navy’s senior-most engineering duty officers said to a gathering of naval engineers June 20. Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command, said the fleet spends billions to keep… Read More »A top US Navy engineer says the fleet needs to get out and bust the rust

Navy eyes new launchers on stalwart destroyers for putting hypersonics afloat

[ad_1] WASHINGTON – With bigger, faster missiles in development and bound for the fleet, the Navy’s engineers are eyeing back-fitting upgraded launchers on its stalwart Arleigh Burke destroyers. The head of Naval Sea Systems Command, Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, told an audience at a conference of naval engineers that the destroyers, because of the vertical launch system and Aegis, the ships were easier to keep relevant than previous destroyers such… Read More »Navy eyes new launchers on stalwart destroyers for putting hypersonics afloat

NATO chief threatens response if Russia doesn’t comply with nuclear treaty

[ad_1] Correction: The Aug. 2 deadline was set by the United States, a member of NATO. The alliance’s secretary general referred to the deadline, but did not set it. BRUSSELS — NATO’s secretary general has warned Russia will face “credible and effective” measures should the country not comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by an Aug. 2 deadline set by the United States. The 1987 INF Treaty was established… Read More »NATO chief threatens response if Russia doesn’t comply with nuclear treaty

US Air Force looks to small businesses for an AI-integrated simulator

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force is hosting an innovation contest for small businesses to improve simulators with technology like artificial intelligence. The Air Force released a list of areas in which it’s interested, including interoperability among networked simulators; cloud-based simulators; and performance-based training, data collection and analysis. Maj. Patrick Kawonczyk, who will lead the Simulators Pitch Day event Dec. 4, told Defense News that artificial intelligence can be… Read More »US Air Force looks to small businesses for an AI-integrated simulator

McConnell open to Iran war authorization vote

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― The Senate’s top Republican won’t support plans to require Congress to approve military action against Iran, but he signaled he may at least allow a vote on the idea. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he thinks a proposed amendment regarding Iran would undermine the president in the midst of a crisis. But, in a break with recent precedent of sidelining potentially controversial issues,… Read More »McConnell open to Iran war authorization vote

Leadership changes could test durability of US Army’s modernization overhaul

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Now that U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper is transitioning into the role of defense secretary, with little time for the promotion to sink in, the service will face its first test of whether it can stay the course with a major overhaul of its procurement system and ambitious modernization plans. Much of the success the Army has seen in recent years, such as launching the four-star Army… Read More »Leadership changes could test durability of US Army’s modernization overhaul

Senate advances bill to push back on Trump’s Saudi arms sales

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday advanced new restrictions on the president’s ability to use emergency authorities to sell arms without Congress’ approval. The bipartisan bill ― called the Saudi Arabia False Emergencies (SAFE) Act ― is a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to sell U.S. arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It comes a week after the… Read More »Senate advances bill to push back on Trump’s Saudi arms sales

Wrapping up SeaAirSpace 2019: The Drift, Vol. XXX

[ad_1] Navigation Brief ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Good Evening, Drifters This is always a crazy time of year for me. Defense News runs the show daily paper for SeaAirSpace and that means yours truly, the Naval Warfare Correspondent, is on the spot. But I think this year it went OK. I came quite close to a breakdown on at least one occasion, but miraculously met all my deadlines and my bosses… Read More »Wrapping up SeaAirSpace 2019: The Drift, Vol. XXX

Talking acquisition with guy in charge: The Drift, Vol. XXXI

[ad_1] Navigation Brief ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Good Evening, Drifters Well SeaAirSpace is over, but that doesn’t mean I’m done rolling out material. I had a great opportunity to sit down with the Navy’s top acquisition official, James Geurts, ahead of his luncheon talk at the symposium this year and there is a forthcoming Q&A coming out next week that focuses pretty heavily on challenges in the maintenance world. But I… Read More »Talking acquisition with guy in charge: The Drift, Vol. XXXI

Senate moves to allow weapon sales to Cyprus, block F-35 to Turkey

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has taken a step toward allowing the sale of American weapons to the nation of Cyprus, in a move that could needle NATO ally Turkey. Authored by the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the proposed Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 also contains language impeding the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Turkey should… Read More »Senate moves to allow weapon sales to Cyprus, block F-35 to Turkey