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Navy Updates Tomahawk Weapons Control System for Surface, Subsurface Platforms

The U.S. Navy has added an updated a Lockheed Martin-built weapons control system to the service branch’s fleet that includes Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and nuclear powered cruise missile submarines. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office, designated as PMA-280, updated the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System‘s processors and software in an effort to avoid hardware obsolescence …

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DoD IG: Navy Lacks IT Strategy to Oversee Financial Mgmt Systems

The Defense Department‘s inspector general has reported that the U.S. Navy does not have an information technology strategy to oversee its financial management systems. DoD IG said Thursday auditors found that Navy personnel use financial management tools that do not meet standards for the preparation of auditable financial statements. The Navy and the Defense Finance and …

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Trump to Nominate Kearney & Co. Partner David Norquist as DoD Comptroller

President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate David Norquist, a partner at Alexandria, Virginia-based certified public accounting firm Kearney and Co., as defense undersecretary, comptroller. Trump revealed his plans to name Norquist and five other individuals to several positions at the Defense Department in a news release published Thursday. …

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Trump to Nominate Boeing Vet Patrick Shanahan as Deputy Secretary of Defense

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Patrick Shanahan, Boeing senior vice president of supply chain and operations, as deputy secretary of defense. Trump announced plans to nominate Shanahan and five other individuals to various Defense Department posts in a White House press release published Thursday. Shanahan currently oversees Boeing’s manufacturing operations …

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Senate Votes to Retain Military Rank of National Security Adviser HR McMaster

The Senate voted 86-10 Wednesday to let H.R. McMaster keep his military status as a three-star lieutenant general with the U.S. Army while he serves as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Defense News reported Wednesday. Joe Gould writes that senators did not have to subject McMaster’s appointment to confirmation in the upper …

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Diane Randon: Army Exempts 20K New Civilian Positions from Federal Hiring Freeze Via New Process

The U.S. Army has approved approximately 20,000 new civilian employees for exemption from President Donald Trump’s federal hiring freeze following the implementation of a process that seeks to facilitate the granting of such exceptions, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jared Serbu writes Diane Randon, assistant secretary of the Army for …

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