USS Michael Murphy arrives in Solomon Islands

February 10, 2017 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Honiara for a goodwill port visit, Feb. 10. Ship visits like this create opportunities for the United States and Pacific Island nations to strengthen security cooperation and ensure a safer and more prosperous future for the region. While in Honiara, Michael Murphy Commanding Officer Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr. will meet with Forum Fisheries Agencies and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Michael Murphy will also conduct a memorial ceremony, Feb. 11, to honor the Sailors, Marines,…

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Huon pine delivers century of service

February 8, 2017  – A patrol boat that was already 30 years old when it was acquired for war service is still going strong – 104 years after its construction. Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 by well-known Tasmanian shipwright EA ‘Ned’ Jack, at his boatyard on the Tamar River near Launceston, as a workboat for wealthy grazier Captain James Holyman. The wooden carvel-construction hull was planked in Huon pine, and the boat was powered by a Rugby Red Seal 16 horsepower petrol motor. Riawe displaces nine tonnes and is 11 metres long….

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News story Defence Secretary hails global outlook of Midlothian naval engineers

February 2, 2017 – Sir Michael Fallon visited MacTaggart Scott, who design, build, install and maintain engineering systems for the Royal Navy – the company’s “shop window” – and 40 of the world’s navies, including the US, French, Canadian, Australian and South Korean. The visit is part of the Defence Secretary’s on-going engagement with Scotland’s industrial base, 10% of which is defense-related, directly supporting 11,000 Scottish jobs with thousands more sustained. During the visit he met with some of the company’s 32 engineering apprentices, which make up nearly 18% of the…

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CAGW Names Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan January 2017 Porker of the Month

January 26, 2017  – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan its January 2017 Porker of the Month for defending the undeniably wasteful F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan @GovWaste’s Porker of the Month for defending the undeniably wasteful F-35 program. The F-35 program has been beset with a myriad of problems that are emblematic of the Pentagon’s profligate procurement practices. The original estimate for the program in 2001 was $233 billion for 2,457 aircraft. Since then, the costs have ballooned to more than $400 billion. As…

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Curtiss-Wright Debuts Support for LynxSecure Hypervisor Operating Environment on its Intel®-based SBC and Small Form Factor Systems

January 30, 2017 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced support for the LynxSecure separation kernel hypervisor, a real-time secure virtualization platform capable of leveraging multi-core CPU hardware virtualization features on Curtiss-Wright’s Intel-based single board computer (SBC) and Parvus® DuraCOR® small form factor processor product families. The expanded collaboration between Curtiss-Wright and Lynx Software Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the embedded safety and security software market, enables customers to deploy Curtiss-Wright hardware with LynxSecure hypervisor technology to satisfy high assurance computing requirements on in support of the NIST, NSA…

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Most Training Providers Expect to Implement Revised International Maritime Standards by the Deadline Despite Challenges

What GAO Found Most training providers (80 percent) who responded to GAO’s survey reported that they were satisfied with guidance the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) provided to assist them in implementing the revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements. However, 58 percent of respondents, including state maritime academies, private for-profit colleges, and others, reported that the lack of timely Coast Guard guidance for developing a quality assurance process—Quality Standards System (QSS)—affected their ability to implement the revised STCW requirements. A QSS is…

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Vigor to Build two RB-Ms for Jordanian Navy

January 31, 2017 – Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) announced today that it has been awarded a contract for 2 additional Response Boat – Medium (RB-Ms) vessels by the U.S. Coast Guard. The 2 boats are part of a Foreign Military Sale to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Delivery is scheduled to begin in the 4th quarter of 2017.  This award brings the total number of RB-M’s to 176 built by Team RB-M, originally formed by FMM and Kvichak Marine. FMM will act as the Prime Contractor and Program Manager. The…

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Nominations sought for the 2017 Merchant Navy Medal awards

January 31, 2017 – Do you deserve a medal, or know someone who does? Nominations are being invited for this year’s Merchant Navy Medal awards, to recognize exceptional service and devotion to duty. Now a prestigious state award, with a place in the order of wear, the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service is open to people in the UK, Channel Islands, or Isle of Man who are serving within the Merchant Navy or fishing fleets ashore and afloat, and aims to honor ‘those who have set an outstanding example…

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New ship to serve in Sansha

  January 30, 2017 (Xinhua) – A new ship completed its maiden voyage on Monday from Shanghai to China’s southernmost island city of Sansha where it will serve. The 32-meter vessel weighs 498 tonnes. It has endurance of 45 days and is able to resist gales with speed of more than 60 kilometers per hour, according to its captain Yin Minzeng. It was designed to help extinguish fires on the sea, tow vessels that lose power and assist law-enforcement vessels. In addition, it will provide supplies for islands of Sansha….

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U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) JRSS Program Chooses RedSeal for Continuous Monitoring of Cyber Network Operations

January 31, 2017 – RedSeal, a leader in the network modeling and scoring market, announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded a multi-year contract for its network modeling and risk scoring platform valued at $33.8M. In an effort to create a highly-resilient global DoD network, DISA will use RedSeal to model and continuously monitor the infrastructure of the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), provide visibility into network segmentation and measure overall resiliency to deliver risk based situational awareness. JRSS is a Department of Defense (DoD) program that…

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BAE Systems to Modernize USS Roosevelt Under $51 Million Navy Contract

January 31, 2017 – The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $51.3 million contract for the maintenance and modernization of the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. The full value could reach $68.4 million if all options are exercised. “The Roosevelt availability is a large, complex repair job that is vital for the future readiness and combat effectiveness of the ship” Under the competitively awarded, depot maintenance availability contract, BAE Systems first will dry dock the ship at the company’s shipyard and then complete the…

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$2.3 billion in Private Sector Contracts supporting U.S.-Mexico Border

January 30, 2017 – The Soter Group, LLC released a report that analyzes existing fencing and tactical infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Given the discussion about a proposed border wall during the recent presidential election and now, in the initial weeks of the Trump administration, we wanted to present an in-depth, fact-based analysis of the existing border fence budget and private sector addressable market opportunity associated with it,” Soter Group President and CEO, Justin Taft explained. “Due diligence is key to understanding any business or market opportunity. This report discusses…

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Anzac straight into work up

January 25, 2017 – A Boatswains Mate mans the Browning 12.7mm machine gun on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Anzac during a Force Protection departure from Fleet Base. HMAS Anzac departed Fleet Base East in Sydney for the first time in 2017 in style – in formation with HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta. Anzac was heading for the East Australian Exercise Area, the Australian Defence Force training zone off the New South Wales coast. Anzac’s first week at sea included a ‘shakedown’ period, designed to refresh the knowledge and…

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Full Suite of Cyber-Threat Intelligence and Counterintelligence…

January 25, 2017 – Treadstone 71 today announced a full suite of Cyber and Threat Intelligence and CounterIntelligence training courses. The courses drive the expansion of Treadstone 71’s accelerated, academically validated, intelligence training to global markets. Treadstone 71 delivers courses in California, Virginia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands and is set to expand to the Middle East and Asia later this year. Treadstone 71 offers a compelling business model that delivers rapid cyber and threat intelligence strategic planning, program build, and targeted training in sectors such as financial…

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