09 Jun 2021

Navy Drone Refuels Fighter Jet, a Key Step Toward Adding UAVs to Carrier Wings

The Navy has announced that its MQ-25 T1 Stingray will endure tests on an aircraft carrier later this year ahead of the expected 2025 deployment. A test drone refueled a crewed fighter jet over Illinois on Friday, marking a key step in the military’s plans to incorporate unmanned aircraft into

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02 Jun 2021

One of Iran’s biggest navy ships sinks after catching fire

One of Iran’s largest naval vessels has caught on fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman, according to the Fars News Agency. The blaze began on board the ship, which is used for training and logistical purposes, early on Wednesday morning. Despite 20 hours of efforts by Civil and

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19 May 2021

Indian navy recovers 22 bodies from barge sunk by Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae has caused the disappearance of dozens of people, marking the most powerful storm to hit the Indian region in more than two decades. The cyclone consisted of winds up to 130 per hour when it hit land in India’s Gujarat state late on Monday. The natural disaster has

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14 May 2021

Navy Beats Army in First Amazon-Led Competition to Produce the Fastest Self-Driving Race Cars

The Army has surpassed the Navy in producing the fastest self-driving race cars after Amazon led a competition to gain new technology-centered skills and generate the fastest machine learning-enabled self-driving racecar. Amazon Web Services announced the victory earlier this week. The top performers’ models were uploaded to miniature autonomous vehicles

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29 Apr 2021

U.S. Warship Fires Warning Shots in Encounter With Iranian Vessels

On Monday in the Persian Gulf, a US Navy patrol boat allegedly fired warning shots during a confrontation with three Iranian vessels. This incident was previously reported on but has developed over the past several days. The confrontation marks the first event in a year involving American warships. The standoff

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23 Apr 2021

US joins race to find stricken Indonesia submarine

The US military has sent airborne assistance to help search for a missing Indonesian submarine with 53 crew members on board. Indonesian authorities have estimated that there are just hours left to find the submarine before oxygen runs out. The vessel, the KRI Nanggala 402, disappeared on Wednesday during exercises

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22 Apr 2021

Indonesian Submarine With 53 On Board Goes Missing Off Bali

An Indonesian navy submarine with 53 people on board has allegedly gone missing off the coast of Bali and may have lost control, according to the Indonesian navy. A search and rescue attempt is underway as the country attempts to rescue its military personnel. The vessel is a German-built model,

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30 Oct 2020

China’s military rise poses the greatest foreign policy challenge to the next US President

The Pentagon, in 2018, named China and Russia as the two countries posing the most significant rivals to the US military. Now security professionals claim that this has only grown more true as the countries develop their own military capabilities matching that of the United States’. Beijing’s modernization helped to

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25 Sep 2020

India Seeks Naval Edge as China Penetrates Indian Ocean

India and China have recently been battling over a disputed border in the Himalayas called the Line of Actual Control. Although the two countries have allegedly obtained peace at the border after entering into an agreement, tensions have increased as China occupies the Indian Ocean. India is looking for an

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23 Sep 2020

Changes In How The US Navy Incentivizes Innovation and Acquires New Solutions

Several years ago, the Navy selected Hondo (James) Geurts as their new Acquisition Chief.  His previous experience buying for Special Operations Command taught him some unique ways to incentivize innovation and improve speed-to-capability.  While some programs (ships, submarines, etc.) benefit from the full scrutiny of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, most IT systems do not.  The Navy is tired of delivering great technologies that are several years out of date by the time the Sailors see them.  In the past three years, the Navy has greatly improved the way they look at these cutting-edge technologies.  This includes new contract types (Other Transactional Authorities (OTA’s) are now commonplace for IT solutions).  The Navy can communicate their pain points quickly and directly with Industry via white papers, and commercial demonstrations or pilots are able to move rapidly from concept to contract without further competition.

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