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Office of Naval Research, University Partner to Build USV Platform for Coastal Security

The U.S. Navy‘s Office of Naval Research will collaborate with Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science to develop an autonomous unmanned marine vehicle intended for coastal security operations. FAU will conduct a five-year research project that aims to produce unmanned surface vehicles that would function as base ships for smaller …

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Alan Lewis to Retire as Defense Spectrum Org Director

Alan Lewis, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency‘s Defense Spectrum Organization, is due to retire on Thursday after more than 38 years of federal service. DISA said Tuesday it will host a retirement ceremony for the 11-year agency veteran at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Lewis has led the organization that supports the …

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Navy Commissions USS Manchester in Portsmouth, N.H.

The U.S. Navy has commissioned the USS Manchester, or LCS 14, at a ceremony Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H., USNI News reported Monday. The addition of the newest Independence-class littoral combat ship raises the Navy’s LCS count to 12. The Austal USA-built ship departed from its maker’s Alabama shipyard on May 5 for the ceremony. Adm. …

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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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DoD Proposes to Host NATO Joint Force Command

The Defense Department has proposed to accommodate in Norfolk, Va., a future command that would support NATO operations across the trans-Atlantic region. DoD said Friday it seeks to host the NATO Joint Force Command for the Atlantic, which the international alliance will establish to help address global security challenges. NATO intends for …

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Gen. Paul Nakasone Assumes Leadership of Cybercom, NSA

U.S. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone has succeeded U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Rogers as commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency. Nakasone, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, previously commanded the Army Cyber Command and led Cybercom’s Joint Task Force-ARES in efforts to counter cyber activities of the Islamic State militant group, …

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Navy Tests USS Abraham Lincoln’s Combat Systems

The U.S. Navy has tested various defense platforms of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln over a 13-day period. The service branch said Thursday it conducted the Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials from April 20 to May 2 to determine if Lincoln could operate the Enhanced NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, rolling airframe missile launchers and close-in weapons …

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Navy to Activate USS Portland Amphibious Transport Dock

The U.S. Navy has announced it will commission the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock to be named USS Portland at the Port of Portland in Oregon during a ceremony to occur on Saturday. The Defense Department said Thursday Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will provide the commisionning’s principal address. Bonny Amos, wife of the U.S. Marine …

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DoD to Issue $169M in University Research Grants

The Defense Department has chosen 24 multidisciplinary research projects to receive a total of $169 million in funds under a grant program for U.S. universities. DoD said Monday the research teams will perform work under the 2018 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative over a five-year period, subject to research progress and funding availability. “MURI supports …

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