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Navy Conducts USS Milwaukee Live-Fire Exercise With Surface-to-Surface Missiles

The U.S. Navy has conducted a live-fire missile exercise with USS Milwaukee, concluding the first phase of the surface-to-surface missile module developmental testing under the Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules program. The Freedom variant LCS launched four longbow Hellfire missiles to inshore craft targets in a simulated complex warfighting scenario, during the test that took …

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Navy Integrates AI Capabilities Into Shipboard Combat Networks

The U.S. Navy has begun efforts to integrate artificial intelligence capabilities into shipboard warfare networks that work to facilitate communications between littoral combat ships, destroyers, submarines, tactical nodes and shore locations, Scout Warrior reported Wednesday. The service has started to upgrade the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services system aboard …

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Sen. Thad Cochran Proposes $650.7B Defense Spending Package

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R- Mississippi) has proposed a defense policy bill that would allocate $581.3 billion in base budget, $64.9 billion in overseas contingency operations funds and $4.5 billion in emergency missile defense funds for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Tuesday. Cochran on Tuesday introduced the draft …

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James Mattis: 3-Month CR to Delay Induction of 11 Navy Ships, Impact 18 Army New-Start Projects

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said a three-month continuing resolution would impact several construction and procurement programs that would affect U.S. military readiness if enacted for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Tuesday. Mattis wrote in a Friday letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) a short-term …

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