Change may be good for progress, but it is not good for Navy shipbuilding. A panel of experts addressing how to "fix" Navy shipbuilding agreed that changing the design in the process is responsible for most of the ills in Navy shipbuilding. However, they disagreed on many proposed solutions-and whether oft-stated ideas would even work in reality.
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Providing economic stimulus to the defense sector could be a key part of revitalizing the U.S. economy, said Linda Mills, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Sector. Mills urged that the government take the defense industry into account as it stimulates the economy to keep and create jobs.
Lockheed Martin has received a $78.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce the next evolution of hardware that will be incorporated into the Aegis Modernization and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense programs.
CSC has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to provide a comprehensive range of engineering and training services under the Omnibus Contract II.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Defense Department to support the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Capability Development Directorate in the areas of engineering, analysis, test and evaluation. The task order has a total value of more than $81 million if all options are exercised.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by General Dynamics Robotic Systems to supply the navigation system solution for the Phase II Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation System (INS), a major component of the Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. Under this $10.7 million contract, Northrop Grumman's navigation solution will provide the navigation system inputs for the ANS.
New qualities such as initiative, adaptability and technological knowledge are replacing traditional military criteria for leadership. Panelists discussing "how to find, develop and promote people with the right stuff" cited traits that are valuable in the information age of asymmetric warfare. However, the Navy must change its way of rating and promoting personnel if these qualities are to dominate.
Most service personnel are motivated by a sense of duty to their country, but their services must continue to focus on quality of life-personal as well as professional. These points were driven home in a panel focusing on what it takes to keep people in uniform.