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Navy News

Navy sharpens acquisition pencil to find savings

The service is taking a four-pronged approach to improve its procurement process and find savings. A review board looks at all acquisitions to make sure its strategy and contract formation are beneficial. Other agencies, like NASA and DHS, are consolidating more contracts into larger buys.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Stennis aircraft carrier deploys ahead of schedule

Just four months after returning from the Middle East, about 5,500 sailors attached to the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier and strike group will return to Central Command, a region that includes Iran, to relieve a carrier group currently stationed in the area.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 04:53pm EDT

Navy ships test alternative fuels

The Navy is testing whether alternative fuels can keep its fleet moving on a large scale.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 09:11am EDT

Navy begins live-fire training in Pacific Ocean

The exercises included sinking a decommissioned naval ship at sea. More than 25,000 military personnel are participating.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 08:22pm EDT

Navy says 'no' to lawmaker's layoff request

Rep. Scott Rigell's (R-Va.) asked the Navy to postpone its layoff dates for a year. The Navy is laying off 3,000 sailors to help balance its force profile.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 09:17am EDT

DoD wants to shift $1 billion to Navy drones

DoD has asked Congress to reprogram $1 billion from accounts dedicated to building up Afghanistan's national security forces.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:54am EDT

Navy, Marine Corps consolidate Microsoft purchases

The Department of the Navy has signed a deal with the Microsoft that would consolidate nearly 30 different licensing arrangements with the world's largest software maker into one agreement.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Navy plans mandatory anti-sexual assault training for every sailor

Each sailor will be required to take a new round of training by the end of this year. Courses will emphasize the need for "bystander" servicemembers to intervene when they see activities that could foreshadow sexual assault.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Author of 'The Admirals' discusses how the war at sea was won

Author and historian Walter Borneman joined Pentagon Solution to discuss his book, "The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea."

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 04:58pm EDT
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USDA, DoE, Navy kick starting biofuel development

The agencies are making $30 million available for companies to investigate the possibilities for creating military biofuels. The projects could help achieve the President's energy goals, military energy security and rural economic improvement.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 06:49pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- July 3

Brian Friel talks about a Bloomberg Government report on contractors whose revenues exceed $100 million. Don Dees, chief of information strategies at Fort Belvoir, reports on damages caused by last weekend's storm. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo discusses risks that commercial item contractors might face. Hill reporter Ian Swanson provides a congressional roundup. Elliott Branch, the Navy's deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and procurement, has been nominated for a Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 10:09am EDT

Engine malfunctions caused April Va. jet crash

A rare dual-engine failure caused a Navy jet to crash into a Virginia Beach apartment complex in April shortly after taking off from a nearby base, according to an investigative report released Monday.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 04:34pm EDT

New polygraph question to deter intel leaks

New security measures, including a new polygraph question, will help avoid leaks from intelligence employees, announced James Clapper, director of National Intelligence. Lawyer John Mahoney analyzes the legal responsibilities between agencies and federal employees.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 03:21pm EDT
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Navy chief: Iranian navy in Gulf quiet lately

Iran's naval forces, periodically accused by the U.S. of provocative moves in the Persian Gulf, have shown restraint in recent months, the U.S. Navy's top admiral said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 02:56pm EDT

Navy: Drone aircraft crashes in Md.; no injuries

A Naval drone aircraft crashed on Maryland's Eastern Shore on Monday without injuries or property damage on the ground, officials said.

Monday - 06/11/2012, 11:24pm EDT

Navy standardizes screening process for commanding officer candidates

The Navy is standardizing how it screens and qualifies commanding officer candidates. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert has approved an instruction to create a written qualification program to be shared among all officer communities.

Monday - 06/11/2012, 06:45pm EDT

Buying commercial in DoD: Pentagon struggles to stay away from customization

Last year, the Pentagon spent nearly $75 billion on acquisitions of commercial items, more than double the amount from five years ago. But the word "commercial" in DoD applies to a lot of products you won't find on any store shelf.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Navy takes industry feedback to heart in NGEN RFP

The Navy tried to ensure it properly addressed industry concerns as it developed its final solicitation for the $5.4 billion network contract. Some comments involved cost-reduction. Others related to fairness in competition.

Monday - 05/21/2012, 04:37pm EDT

Navy official calls cyber greatest, long-term threat

The Navy's top man in Europe said cyber is the threat that keeps him up at night.

Monday - 05/21/2012, 08:49am EDT

Navy names new deputy to Fleet Cyber Command

Rear Adm. Diane Webber is the new deputy commander of the Fleet Cyber Command and the Tenth Fleet at Fort Meade, Md., according to a recent Defense Department release. Webber is currently the director of communications and networks at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The Commander of Fleet Cyber Command is Vice Adm. Michael Rogers.

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 06:17pm EDT
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