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Navy Looks to Industry Best Practices to Transform Ship Sustainment Process; Vice Adm. William Galinis Quoted

Ship Sustainment

The U.S. Navy's four public shipyards have adopted corporate best practices as part of an initiative to address challenges associated with the aircraft carrier and submarine maintenance process. Naval Sea Systems Command said the service worked with Boston Consulting Group to determine how approaches used by industry could help shipyard personnel complete work on schedule through the Naval Sustainment Systems - Shipyard effort.

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Navy Names Rear Adm. William Byrne as Next Warfare Development Director

William Byrne Jr.

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Byrne Jr., vice director at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will take on a new role as director of warfare development, N72, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington D.C., the Department of Defense announced Friday. Byrne will be succeeded by Rear Adm. George Wikoff as Joint Staff vice director. 

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Bipartisan Bill Would Allocate $25B for Public & Private Shipyard Modernization Projects

Ship Sustainment

A bipartisan group of seven House and Senate lawmakers proposed a bill allowing $21 billion for projects to revitalize four U.S. Navy shipyards and another $4 billion for the modernization of private facilities used to build or repair military ships. SHIPYARD Act would also give the Navy secretary more flexibility to award contracts under the Defense Production Act. 

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Sonny Bhagowalia: CBP’s Cloud Data Management Process Has Built-In Cybersecurity

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, chief information officer of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said the agency has baked in cybersecurity measures as part of its process for managing the life cycle of data in a cloud computing environment. Bhagowalia said on the Federal Monthly Insights show that CBP uses cloud technology to manage privacy and protect sensitive agency data from advanced persistent threats. 

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Air Force Using Nellis AFB Facilities to Support Advanced Battle Management System Development; Lt. Col. Kelii Chock Quoted

ABMS Development

The U.S. Air Force has started developing and integrating joint all-domain command and control approaches and Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) technology into the red flag exercises, weapons school and operational test community of the Nellis Air Force Base. ABMS programs from the Shadow Operations Center will then be moved to the Virtual Test and Training Center

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Ylli Bajraktari: DOD Must Take Action to Accelerate AI Adoption

Ylli Bajraktari

Ylli Bajraktari, executive director of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, said the Department of Defense must modernize its digital infrastructure to accommodate faster AI development across the military. Bajraktari said this and three other AI-focused recommendations for the DOD in an opinion piece published Monday at Defense One.

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U.S. Army Tests Modernized Network Equipment With Full Brigade; Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher Quoted

Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher

The U.S. Army tested the most advanced modernized radios, tactical cell phones and network gear with a whole brigade for two weeks in March at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. The exercise culminated from three years of work to build a modernized network that incorporates real-time soldier feedback while in the field.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen Says DOD Must Avoid AI Obsolescence

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) director, believes that the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) threat facing the Department of Defense (DOD) is obsolescence. He stressed that China is attempting to become the world leader in AI by 2030 and the DOD needs to have integrated systems to counter that threat.

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Navy Applies Virtual Anti-Submarine Update With Shortened Timeline; Capt. Jill Cesari Quoted

USS William P. Lawrence

The U.S. Navy has virtually augmented the anti-submarine warfare of the USS William P. Lawrence or DDG 110 destroyer over two days, a rate faster than usual. The ship virtually features the ACB-19 software, an update to the previous ACB-13, allowing for modern and improved ASW performance. Visit PotomacOfficersClub.com to register for the 2021 Navy Forum on May 12th. 

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CBO: Navy Submarine Fleet Could Exceed Shipyard Maintenance Capacities in 30 Years

Navy Submarine Fleet

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report states that the size of the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet is likely to exceed shipyards’ capacity to maintain the vessels in 25 to 30 years. According to CBO’s report, the Navy’s modified fiscal year 2020 shipbuilding plan directs the procurement of 61 attack submarines within 30 years.

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