DoD observes Cyber Security Awareness Month
The purpose of this strategy is to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and strengthen our cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.
DoD's Three Primary Cyber Missions:
-- Defend DoD networks, systems, and information
-- Defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. national interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence
-- Provide cyber support to military operational and contingency plans
Read some tips to keep you and your DoD info cybersecure...
Navy awards three littoral combat ships
From Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy awarded modifications to previously awarded littoral combat ship (LCS) contracts for one Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 LCS to Lockheed Martin and two FY 2018 LCSs to Austal USA, Sept. 18.
“These contract awards represent an important next step in delivering critical warfighting capability to the fleet,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager (PMS 501).
The three LCSs being awarded today are the future LCS-29, LCS-32 and LCS-34. LCS-29 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. LCS-32 and LCS-34 will be built at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.
The Navy has accepted delivery of 16 LCSs. Including today’s contract modifications, a total of 32 LCSs have been procured, with 10 ships under construction (LCS 15, 17, 19-26) and six additional ships under contract (LCS 27-30, 32, 34).
PEO USC is affiliated with the Naval Sea Systems Command and provides a single program executive responsible for acquiring and sustaining mission capabilities of the LCS class, from procurement through fleet employment and sustainment. The combined capability of the LCSs and LCS mission systems is designed to dominate the littoral battle space and provide U.S. forces with assured access to coastal areas.
Aloha USS O'Kane, USS Wayne E. Meyer
From Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) -- “Aloha” means hello and goodbye.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a homeport shift with USS O’Kane (DDG 77). O’Kane departed for San Diego this week after nearly 19 years of service in the middle Pacific.
O’Kane was commissioned in Pearl Harbor October 23, 1999.
O’Kane’s namesake is World War II Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor Recipient Rear Adm. Richard O’Kane. During WWII, O’Kane, aboard submarines USS Wahoo (SS 238) and USS Tang (SS 306) earned an unprecedented and unrivaled record of victories against the enemy, destroying warships and supply lines.
The guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived Sept. 13, just after Tropical Storm Olivia passed through the Oahu.
The ship’s namesake, Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, is considered the father of Aegis, the Navy’s computerized weapons system able to detect and counter threats from nearly 300 miles away. Aegis aboard ships and Aegis ashore help the Navy execute multi-mission tasking.
Both USS O’Kane and USS Wayne E. Meyer, along with other DDGs, support forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. DDGs coordinate with units of a task group to conduct naval operations and execute the Maritime Strategy under a naval component commander.
Maintaining the most technologically advanced ships is vital to support the United States’ commitment to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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Fabrication begins on future USS Bougainville
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Future amphibious assault ship USS Bougainville (LHA 8) started fabrication at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipyard, Oct. 15.
The start of fabrication signifies the shipyard is ready for sustained production after a successful production readiness review. LHA 8 is the second ship named in honor of the Bougainville Island campaign in World War II and is scheduled to be delivered in 2024.
"Expeditionary warfare and power projection ashore is advancing at a historic pace - starting on this unique ship is a proud day for our Navy, Marine Corps and industry partners," said Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) James F. Geurts. "Bougainville represents the next generation of amphibious capabilities and is a key component to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy. The ability to both support Joint Strike Fighter and put Marines ashore will ensure that the Amphibious Fleet remains agile and capable of expeditionary warfare well into the 21st century."
The LHA Replacement Program, also known as USS America (LHA 6) class, is replacing the original five Tarawa-class LHAs, which have all been decommissioned. The America class is designed to accommodate the Marine Corps' future Air Combat Element including F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and MV-22 Osprey, with additional aviation maintenance capability and increased fuel capacities. It will also provide additional cargo stowage capacities and enable a broader, more flexible command and control capability.
LHA 8 will be the first Flight I ship, and will reincorporate a well deck to increase operational flexibility. Bougainville will incorporate the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar volume air search radar in lieu of the AN/SPS-48G air search radar on America and Tripoli.
"We are excited to commence fabrication on the third ship of the America class," said Tom Rivers, Amphibious Warfare program manager for Program Executive Office, Ships. "We look forward to achieving future production milestones as we work to deliver this versatile and capable warship to the Fleet."
HII's Pascagoula shipyard is also currently in production on Tripoli (LHA 7), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) and amphibious transport docks Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) and Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29).
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, boats and craft.
New naval aviator career path
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy announced the launch of the Aviation Professional Flight Instructor (PFI) program, designed to improve aviator retention by offering a new career path for officers who have successfully completed an aviation department head tour, Sept. 28, in NAVADMIN 241/18.
Aviators selected by the FY-19 PFI board will return from their department head assignment to serve as flight instructors for a minimum of 36 months, with an option to serve in repeated tours as a flight instructor beyond their initial obligation.
The program will provide selected officers career flexibility, greater assignment stability, and rewarding experiences training the newest naval aviators, with the goals of improving aviator retention and flight instructor manning.
Officers selected for the PFI program can serve until they reach statutory retirement with no further operational assignments, so long as they continue to meet applicable performance standards as a flight instructor.
Officers selected for PFI are no longer eligible for command consideration.
Applications for the first PFI board, scheduled to convene November 20, are now being accepted from qualified 1310 and 1320 designated lieutenant commanders and commanders with a projected rotation date in calendar year 2019.
Full-Time Support and Selected Reserve officers are not eligible to apply for this program.
For program details, eligibility, and application procedures, visit the Navy Personnel Command Aviation Bonus website at https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/Detailing/aviation/Pages/Professional-Flight-Instructor.aspx or read NAVADMIN 241/18 at www.npc.navy.mil.
Family PCS travel flexibility
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy has expanded the eligible categories for advanced dependent travel (ADT) and delayed dependent travel (DDT), personnel officials announced September 13.
For permanent change of station (PCS) moves within the 50 states, the policy allows for dependent travel of up to six months before or after the sponsoring Sailor’s PCS move in the following situations: spousal employment or education, dependents in elementary or secondary school (K-12), dependent enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness. The previous approved policy that allowed DDT for the length of the school year is unchanged by this expansion.
For moves from the 50 states to overseas locations, only DDT will be authorized. For moves from overseas locations to the 50 states, only ADT will be authorized.
Sailors will only receive one housing allowance, either for their location or their dependent’s location, under delayed or advance travel. Sailors or dependents may be assigned government quarters if available, but may not displace a member or dependent in government housing.
Requests for DDT or ADT must be submitted to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-451).
For information and answers to questions on this policy, email NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 21, 2018) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jacqueline Francis (left), from New York, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) combat systems department, trains USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors on how to use the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liz Thompson) (This image has been altered by blurring out badges for security purposes)
Navy office leans forward to enhance afloat technology offerings
From Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy’s Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW 160) developed an inventive contract with industry that will benefit from private-sector expertise to influence the design of the Navy’s premier afloat network.
PMW 160, which is a part of the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), recently awarded the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Baseline Analysis of Alternates Services (BAAS) contract to Lockheed Martin. CANES is the Navy’s afloat Information Warfare Platform on ships and submarines. It uses commercial information technology (IT), networking hardware and core services software to deliver cyber-resilient, assured networking.
BAAS, at its essence, enables an efficient broad-spectrum comparison across commercial off-the-shelf products and services to ensure the Navy gets what it needs for the best value. Through the new contracted effort, PMW 160 and Lockheed Martin will work together on CANES engineering design activities to perform market research, cost analysis, design descriptions and product evaluations to field network capabilities to the fleet faster and more affordably.
“The team was looking for a way to accelerate our engineering efforts and leverage Industry expertise,” said Capt. Kurt Rothenhaus, program manager, PMW 160. Rothenhaus noted, “One of our engineers, working with our contracts specialist, came up with this truly innovative approach in the BAAS to deliver commercial IT to the fleet.”
The program office and larger Navy derive three major benefits from contracting the BAAS work.
Bob Bradley, PMW 160’s chief management officer, said, “First, we partner with industry, leveraging their expertise in areas in which they do well. Second, we have the ability to conduct broad-spectrum continuous market research and predicative obsolescence management. Third, we streamline processes and reduce delivery timelines which will enable us to improve speed to capability.”
Amy Rickey, CANES production specialist, PMW 160, added, “The government often looks to industry for technical innovation. Our job was to find innovative ways to use industry’s expertise to deliver warfighting capability, and the BAAS contract accomplishes that goal.”
Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) provides integrated communication and information technology systems that enable information warfare and command and control of maritime forces. PEO C4I acquires, fields and supports C4I systems which extend across Navy, joint and coalition platforms. More information can be found at http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/PEOC4I/Pages/default.aspx
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at email@example.com to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.