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8:43 pm, July 31, 2014

Navy News

Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Sam LaGrone, News Editor, US Naval Institute

An uninvited guest crashes the world's largest international naval exercise. A Chinese spy ship is watching over the Rim of the Pacific exercise that runs until Friday. But the ship isn't breaking any navigation laws, so Chinese military experts say it's a non-issue. Sam LaGrone, news editor of the US Naval Institute, broke the news of the ship's presence outside RIMPAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains why it's not a huge surprise.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:10pm EDT
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Military suicides rise

Suicides among active-duty military rose this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials indicate more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared with 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The increase was among the Air Force and Navy, while soldiers and Marine suicides went down.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:49am EDT

Navy Yard employees to return to Building 197 in February

Commander says workers to begin returning in February to Navy Yard building where 12 slain

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 11:00am EDT

Carolyn Lambeth, Engineer, Navy Combat Direction Systems Activity

The Navy thinks 3D printing can eliminate a wide range of challenges with its supply chain. The service is already testing the idea of using additive manufacturing technologies to build small spare parts aboard ships, as they're needed, rather than having to transport them from supply ships or distant warehouses. And one day, the service thinks the technology could even be able to build a small UAV at the press of a button. Carolyn Lambeth is a mechanical engineer for Combat Direction Systems Activity at Dam Neck, Virginia. She explained the future of 3D printing at the Navy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Female reaches top Navy ranking

The Navy has its first female four-star admiral, Michelle Janine Howard. She was promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and in 1999 became the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship. She was a key figure is the real-life rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somalia pirate. The story later became a block-buster movie.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 11:38am EDT

Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

A new approach to defense acquisition reform may come from a television show. Nick Guertin, director of transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, and his colleague Howard Reichel, presented a paper called "Open Systems Architecture License Rights: A New Era for the Public-Private Marketplace" at the 11th annual Acquisition Research Symposium. Their views are their own. Nick tells Francis Rose on In Depth about the unique challenge intellectual property poses for defense contracting.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Navy has its first female four-star admiral

Michelle Howard promoted to No. 2 Navy slot, making her Navy's first female 4-star

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:32pm EDT

Former contractor sentenced in Navy bribery scheme

A Virginia government contractor is sentenced for conspiracy to bribe public officials.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:53am EDT

Marines to conduct scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait

U.S. Marines from the USS Gunston Hall will conduct previously scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait in the coming days. The Marine Corps has conducted sustainment training in Kuwait on a regular basis for two decades. The region is of specific concern because of the terror group ISIL's march toward Baghdad. The Gunston Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. It departed Norfolk, Va. in February and is operating in the 5th fleet area of responsibility on a routine deployment to support maritime security operations. The deployment of U.S. Navy assets are regularly scheduled and are in accordance with our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:58am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Navy retakes control over its own IT networks, it is eager to introduce features that improve the experience for end users. At the same time, the Navy is warning vendors that it's not going to buy just bells and whistles. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:23am EDT
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Navy looks to vendors for rapid upgrades to NMCI network

By September, the Navy anticipates it will have retaken full ownership of its main IT network after having outsourced it a decade earlier. The service says it wants to find ways to bring innovation into NMCI, but vendors will have to meet some checkpoints along the way.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:21am EDT
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Navy issues first contract under new data center consolidation plan

IBM wins first contract in Navy's new "tiered" approach to data center consolidation. The service plans to award several more contracts between now and the end of fiscal 2014.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 11:39am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Records: Va. Navy stabbing occurred in barracks

A stabbing at a Virginia Navy installation that led to a massive manhunt occurred in the facility's barracks, not at the Navy Exchange, according to court records filed Monday.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 07:10pm EDT

Julie Kowalsky, Curator, Naval History and Heritage Command

The Naval History and Heritage Command is rolling up its sleeves to rediscover the Navy's hidden treasures. The small staff is in the middle of an effort to catalog, photograph and rehouse its popular weapons collection that dates back to the 17th century. Julie Kowalsky, curator with the Naval History and Heritage Command, spoke with Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about the collection.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Navy: Suspect in Virginia stabbing arrested

Navy: Man suspected of stabbing fellow sailor at Virginia Navy site has been arrested

Friday - 06/06/2014, 08:29pm EDT

Navy: Suspect in Virginia stabbing arrested

The Navy says law enforcement officials have arrested the man suspected of stabbing a fellow sailor near a naval hospital, ending an hours-long manhunt.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 08:10pm EDT

Dunford, Carter ascend to new leadership roles in Navy Department

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Gen. Joe Dunford is the new Marine Corps commandant nominee, and Rear Adm. Walter Carter Jr. has been nominated to lead the U.S. Naval Academy.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Blue Angels commander reprimanded for 'hostile work environment'

Capt. Gregory McWherter, a former commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, was found guilty of failing to stop repeated examples of sexual harassment and condoning widespread lewd practices within the squadron.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 04:00am EDT
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