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Defense Systems News

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P-8 ASW aircraft to face reduced buy

Classified UCLASS Draft Request for Proposal Due at End of April

Navy Finishes Blueprints for Future Nuclear Sub

Reduced P-8 Poseidon aircraft buy to affect price, not fleet plan

US Army Guard Agrees to Controversial Apache Plan

Australia waits on C-27J transfer approval

Pentagon Pushes Better F-35 Reliability

DoD To Shrink Nuclear-Capable Bombers, Modify Subs to meet New START Obligations

Lawmakers Say USAF Plans To Cut A-10 Flights and Training Are Illegal

Boeing to accelerate C-17 line closure

Qatar Beefs Up Its Arsenal

Air Force Helo Purchase Could Help Coast Guard

More Pressure On Defense Industry Profit Margins Likely By 2020

  

Defense Budget Insights

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Bloomberg Government analysts, in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), held a webinar on 19 March to examine how the defense industry will be affected by the White House’s release of the 2015 budget request.  Watch a replay here, but if you can't, here's their executive summary:

-- The FY15 Defense Budget Request of approximately $496 billion is consistent with the budget caps in the Budget Control Act, but the outyears are not.

-- Supplementing the request, but not really, is a $26 billion carrot -- the Opportunity, Growth and Security (OGS) fund, which, if Congress provides the money, will backfill depleted readiness accounts and procure a range of systems that didn't make the BCA-compliant budget request, including: eight P-8A aircraft, twenty-six AH-63E Apache helicopters, twenty-eight UH-60 Black Hawks, two CH-47 Chinooks, ten C-130J transports, two F-35A fighters, and twelve MQ-9 Reapers.

-- There has been no OCO (war supplemental) request made to date.

-- DoD as asked for $2.5 billion less in IT funding than was enacted in FY14.

-- R&D accounts have shifted to upgrading operational systems.

-- The Military Services are taking divergent approaches in their budget priorities, with the Air Force focused on hardware in the future, the Army focused on personnel in the present, and the Navy/Marine Corps somewhere in between.

 

Defense Personnel News

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Brigadier General Carl E. Mundy, III

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced on 28 February 2014 that the president made the following nominations:
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Brian D. Beaudreault has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Beaudreault is currently serving as the deputy director for joint training, J-7, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. 
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Coglianese is currently serving as the commanding general, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. James W. Lukeman has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Lukeman is currently serving as the commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.   
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Mundy is currently serving as the deputy commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; and commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  O'Donohue is currently serving as the deputy chief of staff, operations, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan.           
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Richard L. Simcock II has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Simcock is currently serving as the deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces-Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii.  
  • Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Gary L. Thomas has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Thomas is currently serving as the deputy director for force management, application and support, Joint Staff, J-8, Washington, DC.  

 

Defense Systems Video: LCS 5 USS Milwaukee Side Launch 

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While reasonable people can argue about the efficacy of the Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and time will tell how the Navy hedges its bet on the program, one can't really deny the coolness of a side launch

In this clip, the Navy, along with the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, christened and launched the future USS Milwaukee into the Menominee River in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard on 18 December 2013.  The ship joins the future USS Jackson (LCS 6), which launched December 14 following construction at the Austal USA shipyard in Alabama. These ships are the first vessels procured under the LCS block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the LCS class.  As is tradition, ship sponsor Sylvia Panetta, wife of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, struck the bow with a bottle of champagne, officially naming the ship. LCS 5 is the sixth U.S. Navy vessel christened in tribute to the Wisconsin city.

Milwaukee will continue to undergo outfitting and testing at Marinette Marine. The ship is expected to deliver to the Navy in early 2015 following acceptance trials.