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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DoD’s Network Defense Headquarters Achieves Full Operational Capability

The U.S. Cyber Command component responsible for securing, operating and defending the Defense Department’s complex infrastructure of roughly 15,000 networks with 3 million users has achieved full operational capability. Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network reached the milestone after three years of building capacity and capability to secure, operate and defend the DoDIN, a global network enabling military operations across all warfighting domains. “The JFHQ-DoDIN team has worked hard since inception in 2014 to reach this milestone,” said Army Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, commander of the joint…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Mitchel Field, New York, is being awarded a $154,403,864 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide U.S. and United Kingdom (UK) Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapon System Shipboard Integration Increment 8, Columbia and Dreadnought efforts for the navigation subsystem. This contract will provide the required navigation hardware and software design, testing, installation, and deliverables for the shipboard integration increment, along with the correlating fleet support services for the current fleet ballistic missile navigation subsystem. Specifically, the contract will provide U.S. and UK Inertial Navigation System…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 19, 2017

Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $29,788,129 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-2106) for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $29,788,129 will be obligated at time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No completion date or additional information is provided on Naval Nuclear Propulsion program contracts. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.…

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Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12. The act calls for $626 billion for the department’s base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. The act authorizes the department to spend money but the appropriations bill–which actually provides the funds–is still in Congress. U.S. Military: ‘Greatest Fighting Force’ “This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform–the greatest fighting…

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Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

By Jim Garamone Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told said her office is pushing the responsibility to restore America’s overmatch against any possible foe out to the services. For the last two years, the national defense authorization acts have given new tools to…

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