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Navy News

DoD cutting back on use of live animals for surgery training

Both the Defense Department and animal right activists hope to reduce or end the use of 6,000 live animals a year for trauma surgery training.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 07:26am EDT

Navy increases NMCI contract ceiling by $2.2B

The total cost for the continuity of service contract could increase to more than $5 billion. The Navy's deadline for bids for the follow-on contract to NMCI are due Aug. 8.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 07:02pm EDT

Erik Fanning named new Air Force under secretary

The White House has named Erik Fanning as the new under secretary of the Air Force.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:11am EDT

Budget-and-tax impasse threatens troops, economy

With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:47pm EDT

Spies give way to 'sexy' social media

The developing field of using social media to gather information can provide benefits to the intelligence community, but it also involves challenges. The changing environment of open source intelligence requires agencies and companies plan their approaches carefully.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:59am EDT
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Military branches refine cyber roles

Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Navy simplifies IT proposal template to focus on savings

The Navy's chief information officer released an abbreviated business case analysis template in an effort to encourage IT industry personnel to propose ideas focused on cost savings. The CIO must continue to decrease IT spending by 25 percent over the next four years.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Civilian Navy employee charged in connection with sub fire

A civilian employee of the Navy faces up to life in prison for allegedly setting fire to the USS Miami, a nuclear-powered attack submarine while it was dry docked in Maine. The fire caused more than $400 million in damages, mostly to the torpedo room and command area inside the submarine's forward compartment. The Miami was dry docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine for a complete overhaul.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 06:35pm EDT

Navy radio might be crippling Conn. garage doors

The signal is part of the Enterprise Land Mobile Radio system, which is used by the military to coordinate responses with civil emergency workers, said Chris Zendan, a spokesman for submarine base in Groton.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 04:42pm EDT

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
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