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James "Hondo" Geurts

Marines Eye Unmanned Systems To Keep F-35s Flying From Remote Bases

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The Navy and Marine Corps are trying to buy new autonomous and unmanned systems more quickly for expeditionary ops, but as one general warned, “if I can’t sustain it, I’m hosed.”

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Navy Walks Thinning Line On Sub Programs

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Virginia class subs are suffering delivery delays of up to seven months, potentially placing the Columbia — slated to be the backbone of the nation’s nuclear triad — at risk.

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F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Air Force bet the farm on F-35, the Navy put its airpower eggs in multiple baskets, from legacy fighters to new drones.

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GAO: Navy “Overly Optimistic” On Columbia Sub Costs

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The Navy’s most expensive shipbuilding program and the key to the country’s nuclear triad is under increasing pressure to keep to its tight schedule, and hit its budget.

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Pacific Commander Wants Subs The Navy Just Doesn’t Have

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The Navy is losing submarines just when commanders say they need more, more, more.

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Let’s Get Digital: Hondo Geurts Wants Ships For Less $$

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SAN DIEGO: Newport News Shipbuilding is reaping “huge savings” on the next Ford-class carrier, the Kennedy, through “creative” use of digital models instead of paper plans, the new head of Navy acquisition told reporters today. It’s an approach that can increase efficiency and reduce costs on all big Navy programs, said assistant secretary James “Hondo”… Keep reading →

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Navy Copes With Budget Chaos, But It’s Ugly: CNO Richardson

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


HERITAGE FOUNDATION: The Navy’s has been forced to resort to awkward, inefficient, even dysfunctional expedients to cope with Congress’s chronic inability to pass a proper spending bill on time, the Chief of Naval Operations said here this morning. “We do need stable funding, right, but the system has adapted….I wouldn’t say in completely healthy ways,… Keep reading →

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Navy Says It Can Buy Frigate For Under $800M: Acquisition Reform Testbed

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: The Navy’s frigate program is pioneering new procurement processes to get ships faster and cheaper. For the frigate, that means the cost should come in below the current target of $800 million, the program executive officer for small ships said here. (The maximum allowable cost per ship is $950 million). For the… Keep reading →

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Lord Announces ‘Deep Dive’ F-35 Cost Review; FMS Changes

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The Pentagon, clearly looking ahead to bolster the defense industrial base, is taking steps to ease and speed Foreign Military Sales, and it has a pilot program underway to reduce the time it takes to execute program acquisition. But let’s be clear: this is not an acquisition reform story; it’s an acquisition improvement… Keep reading →

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Making T-Rex Run: Can SOCOM’s Geurts Speed Up Navy Shipbuilding?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: “My fear is we are a T-Rex….at the top of the food chain, right up until the day we’re extinct,” James “Hondo” Geurts once said of the US military. As acquisitions chief at Special Operations Command, Geurts has won acclaim and awards for rapid, affordable innovation, from modified Hellfire missiles to high-tech body armor… Keep reading →

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