US Navy Contract Announcements September 13, 2018

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $480,601,156 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2117 in preparation for fiscal 2019 and 2020 lead ship advance procurement/advance construction, and long lead time material funding in support of the Columbia class fleet ballistic missile submarines. Work will be performed in Quonset, Rhode Island (55 percent); Newport News, Virginia (40 percent); and Groton, Connecticut (5 percent), and will be subsumed into the lead ship construction contract in October 2020. The award is being combined with a previously scheduled United Kingdom…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 23, 2018

Cambridge International Systems Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia (N6523618D3003); Grove Resource Solutions, Inc.,* Frederick, Maryland (N6523618D3004); PeopleTec Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (N6523618D3005); Systems Technology Forum Ltd,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (N6523618D3006); and UEC Electronics LLC,* Hanahan, South Carolina (N6523618D3007), are each awarded a combined $949,900,000 multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, supply contract utilizing firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery/task orders. The contracts are for Cyber Mission Systems, kitting, and supplies. The work includes procuring systems that provide wireless and communications, detection, collection and exploitation of electrical and electronic equipment to support the warfighter. Additionally, related services such…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 22, 2018

Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $40,601,413 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the production of MK54 Mod 1 lightweight torpedo kits and related test equipment, spares, and engineering and hardware support services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $303,186,635. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (99 percent); and the governments of Canada, the commonwealth of Australia, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan (1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Charleroi, Pennsylvania…

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DOD Announces Hack the Marine Corps Bug Bounty Program With HackerOne

August 13, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and HackerOne, the leading hacker-powered security platform, today announced the launch of the Department’s sixth bug bounty program, Hack the Marine Corps. The bug bounty challenge will focus on Marine Corps’ public-facing websites and services in order to harden the defenses of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). The bug bounty program will conclude on August 26, 2018. The Marine Corps’ bug bounty program kicked off with a live-hacking event in Las Vegas, Nev. on August 12, 2018 coinciding with…

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Joint Statement from Ellen M. Lord and Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on Recapitalization of Plutonium Pit Production

An evolving and uncertain geopolitical landscape calls for the United States to recapitalize its defense plutonium capabilities. The Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) has certified that the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of these capabilities is acceptable and represents a resilient and responsive option to meet Department of Defense (DoD) requirements. To achieve DoD’s 80 pits per year requirement by 2030, NNSA’s recommended alternative repurposes the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to produce plutonium pits while also maximizing pit…

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U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

By Jim Garamone May 3, 2018 — The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said here today. In her weekly news conference, White confirmed that two Air Force crewmen were slightly injured in one incident. “They are very serious incidents,” White said. “There have been two minor injuries. This activity poses a true … threat to our airmen.” The United States has formally “demarched” the Chinese government, and requested that the…

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DSCA to Reduce FMS Administrative Surcharge for Partners

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today that it is reducing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Administrative Surcharge from 3.5 percent to 3.2 percent, effective June 1, 2018. The FMS Administrative Surcharge is assessed on the total value of an FMS sale and covers the administrative management costs of the FMS program. Under FMS, the U.S. government uses the Department of Defense’s acquisition system to procure defense articles and services on behalf of its international partners. DSCA manages FMS at no cost to the U.S. Government, in accordance with…

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Three Individuals Indicted for Bribing Naval Employee to Allow Them to Make Unauthorized Liquor Purchases

April 10, 2018 – Three New York residents were indicted today in two separate indictments for providing cash bribes to an employee of the U.S. Department of the Navy to make unauthorized liquor purchases at a Navy Exchange (NEX), announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Adam Agaev, 43, and David Manasherov, 37, both of Brooklyn, New York, were charged together in a nine-count indictment, and Edwin D. Fragoso, 44, of Freeport, New York, was charged in a six-count indictment, all in the…

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McCormack Assumes Director Duties of Naval Surface Warfare Center

Mr. Donald F. McCormack, Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers assumed Director duties from Rear Adm. Tom Druggan, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center at a Change of Office held at the Washington Navy Yard, March 29, 2018. Druggan served as commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center from August 2016 to March 2018 and assumed additional duty as the Department of Defense Executive Manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training. In cooperation with the Naval Surface Warfare Resource Sponsor, Druggan led the…

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Trump, Mattis Hail Spending Bill to Fund Strongest Military Ever

By Lisa Ferdinando The $1.3 trillion spending bill President Donald J. Trump signed March 23, 2018 includes the largest military budget in history, reversing years of decline and unpredictable funding, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the White House. “Together, we are going to make our military stronger than ever,” Mattis said in a news conference today, flanked by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, and Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “We in the military are humbled and grateful to the American people for…

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Trump Administration National Security Budget – What are the Implications for Global Defense?

The US Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request of $716 billion for national security incorporates $686 billion for the US DoD with major warfighting investments designed to enable capabilities across air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace domains. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, “Trump Administration National Security Budget – What are the Implications for Global Defense?,” analyses how far the current US plans for defense spending go towards significantly changing the global spending outlook. Strategy Analytics current global defense forecast (Global Defense Spending…

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Department of the Navy Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

The Department of the Navy released its proposed $194.1 billion (Base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)) budget Feb. 12, for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This budget is part of the $716 billion (Base and OCO) defense budget President Donald Trump submitted to Congress the same day. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, Rear Adm. Brian Luther, briefed media during a Department of Defense press conference on the Navy and Marine Corps portion of the budget. “Our ability to complete our mission rests on the entire Navy and Marine…

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DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

“To address the scope and pace of our competitors’ and adversaries’ ambitions and capabilities, we must invest in modernization of key capabilities through sustained, predictable budgets. Our backlog of deferred readiness, procurement, and modernization requirements has grown in the last decade and a half and can no longer be ignored. We will make targeted, disciplined increases in personnel and platforms to meet key capability and capacity needs. The 2018 National Defense Strategy underpins our planned fiscal year 2019-2023 budgets, accelerating our modernization programs and devoting additional resources in a sustained…

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DARPA Marks Its 60th Anniversary

On this day in 1958, four months after the Soviet Union boosted the intensity of the Cold War by launching humanity’s first satellite, then Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy established the Advanced Research Projects Agency with this mandate: “to provide within the Department of Defense an agency for the direction and performance of certain advanced research and development projects.” In carrying out that open-ended mission for the past 60 years, the Agency has become widely known as a driver of technological developments that have girded national security (stealth, precision munitions,…

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