August 1, 2014

DoD Contracting Competition Analysis

MC-NS-shaking hands

DoD contracts awarded without competition rose from 39 percent in 2009 to 42 percent in 2012 and in 2013 the contracting non-compete rate rose again.

Morning Coffee: X-47B Scheduled for Pax River Testing

X-47B UCAS taxi

Northrop’s X-47B UCAS is scheduled for shore-based testing conducted from NAS:Patuxent River in preparation for upcoming sea trials.

Morning Coffee: DOD Budget Cuts Vs. Capability

aircraft carrier

How the Navy can find a balance between developing effective future capabilities while absorbing ongoing budget cuts.

Americans Rank Military Top Contributor to Society’s Well-being

Atlas robot cropped

The Atlas robot reports in to Robotics Challenge, Pax team designed safer flight deck uniforms, international cyber discussions expand but legislatively US cybersecurity looks to weaken.

HASC Begin Mark-ups, Says No to UCAS Fund Transfers

X-47B UCAS-D on USS Truman

House Armed Services Committee budget mark-ups reject base closures despite think tanks’ advice. DoD budget shortfalls cannot be covered from UCAS funds.

Unmanned Strike Drone Begins Testing on USS Truman

X-47B on the USS Truman

The Navy begins testing how the X-47B UCAS-D will integrate with aircraft carriers.

Smaller Military, More Drones Under Re-elected Obama

Barack Obama

Re-election solidifies the national security priorities of the president.

NAWCAD Commander Addresses Pax Force Reductions

Rear Adm. Randy Mahr

Rear Adm. Randy Mahr says layoffs will continue at Pax River.

Shannon Greets UCAS-D

UCAS Shannon vid

Rear Adm. Shannon, head of PEO (U&W), welcomes the X-47B drone to Pax River.

Fixing Broken Networks

RADM Dunaway

Rear Adm. Dunaway says Navy’s airborne networks need better compatibility.