Tag Archives: Navy

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for R&D and Acquisition, Receives His First Wash100 Award

James Geurts

James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, received his 2020 Wash100 Award for the first time in his long career for driving innovation and technological capabilities for the service branch. Visit POC’s 2020 Navy Forum main page to register for Potomac Officers Club’s 2020 Navy Forum on Wednesday, September 30th. 

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NavalX to Advance DON Workforce Innovation; Potomac Officers Club to Host 2020 Navy Forum

James Geurts

NavalX has served as the Department of Navy (DON) workforce "super-connector." The agency is focused on scaling agility methods across the DON workforce, offering a culture of decentralized autonomy that has created an innovation landscape. NavalX has worked to connect isolated pockets of excellence to capture and scale the methodologies. 

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DoD Eyes Fleet Size of More Than 500 Ships for Navy; Lt. Tim Pietrack Quoted

US Navy Fleet

The Department of Defense is expected to call for the U.S. Navy to expand its fleet to more than 500 ships. Supporting documents to the upcoming Future Navy Force Study obtained by the publication show suggestions for the service to have a fleet of between 480 and 534 unmanned and manned ships. 

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House Clears Stopgap Bill to Extend Federal Funding Through December

House Stopgap Bill

The House has voted 359-57 to pass a continuing resolution in a push to prevent a government shutdown at the start of the next fiscal year in October. The stopgap bill extends federal agencies’ funding through Dec. 11th and covers provisions related to continuing COVID-19 response programs including food-stamp initiatives and childcare efforts. 

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House Panel Proposes Stopgap Bill to Fund Government Through Dec. 11th; Nita Lowey Quoted

US Capitol

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a continuing resolution that would fund government operations through Dec. 11th in order to prevent a government shutdown once the new fiscal year begins in October. The bill would appropriate funds for the U.S. Navy to award a contract to facilitate the procurement of two Columbia-class submarines. 

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USS Ford Marks 4,000th Aircraft Launch, Recovery; Capt. Kenneth Sterbenz Quoted

USS Ford

The U.S. Navy has recorded the 4,000th aircraft launch and recovery of the USS Gerald R. Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System. The components are currently undergoing an 18-month post delivery test and trial and is on schedule to complete all requirements prior to its commissioning to the service branch.

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Amentum CEO John Vollmer Receives His Fifth Wash100 Award From Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson

John Vollmer

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Amentum CEO John Vollmer with his fifth Wash100 Award on Thursday. This marks the fifth-time Vollmer has received the award in the last six years. Vollmer’s commitment and leadership led to substantial growth for Amentum by securing major contract wins across the government contracting (GovCon) sector.

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CACI Receives Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award; John Mengucci Quoted

John Mengucci

CACI International has received the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for the company’s support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Since 1996, only 295 employers have received the Freedom Award. CACI has been recognized  as one of this year’s 15 recipients from 2,623 nominations. 

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James Geurts Discusses US Navy Modernization of Unmanned Systems

James Geurts

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary for Research, Development, and Acquisition with the U.S. Navy and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently addressed the challenges the U.S. Navy has faced deploying unmanned systems. He noted that the service branch has encountered obstacles to obtain and use the systems effectively on a global scale. 

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White House Seeks Help for Navy’s Advance Columbia-Class Submarine Program

Columbia-class Submarine

The White House has asked Congress to exempt the U.S. Navy’s Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program and other initiatives from restrictions in a continuing resolution that could block funding for “new start” programs. The Senate and House have begun discussions to pass a stopgap funding bill before the end of September to avert a government shutdown. 

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