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Third Attack on USS Mason Fired on Again Off Coast of Yemen Oct 15, 2016

CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’

https://news.usni.org/2016/10/15/cno-richardson-uss-mason-attacked-cruise-missiles-off-yemen
Sam LaGrone – USNI – October 15, 2016
A US Strike Group transiting international waters in the Red Sea detected possible inbound missile threats and deployed appropriate defensive measures,” a US defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Post event assessment is ongoing. All US warships and vessels in the area are safe.”

The USS Mason destroyer, which was sailing in international waters off Yemen’s coast earlier this week, used unspecified countermeasures against the incoming missiles, a military official said.

USS Mason Defends Itself for the Third Time
USS Mason Defends Itself for the Third Time

If confirmed, the attempted missile strikes would be the most serious escalation yet of the US involvement in a deadly civil war that has killed more than 6,800 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since a Saudi-led coalition launched military operations last year.
Officials have stressed that Washington wants to avoid getting embroiled in yet another war in an already volatile region.
On Thursday, the US Navy launched five Tomahawk cruise missiles at three mobile radar sites in Huthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, after the Iran-backed rebels blasted rockets at the USS Mason twice in four days.

See the earlier blog post.

http://www.aticourses.com/blog/index.php/2016/10/13/cole-attack-12-o…tack-oct-11-2016/

The social media of retired naval officers is filled with angry comments. They want to see a strong military response that immediately attacks the shooters and deters future hostile action. They cannot believe that the US military doesn’t know a lot more and has not responded more vigorously to-date. They say:

  1. What you say when you don’t want to respond in kind!  Where was the counter-batter attack?
  2. Didn’t we know where they came from, with all the hi-tech detection and satellite info we have in use?

You may anonymously respond to me directly at jim.jenkins@aticourses.com and just tell me that you do not want your name used including additional open source web references.

This is a big story to me as I have children deployed with the Eisenhower carrier group. It is hard to believe the US does not know more 24 hours after the attacks. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3840274/Missiles-fired-US-warships-Red-Sea-no-casualties-US-official.html

http://abcnews.go.com/International/missiles-fired-us-ship-off-yemen/story?id=42832766

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Summary of the Navy’s submarine building program.

NSSN Virginia Class Attack Submarine

We thought you might find this Power Point presentation interesting and useful. This is from Rear Admiral David Johnson ( Program Executive Officer Submarines) presentation to the Navy Submarine League on 24 October 2013. It contains a good summary of the Navy’s submarine building program.

The topics include:

  1. 1. VIRGINIA Class SSN
    1. a. Delivery of 10 Virginia Class submarines
    2. b. Virginia Payload Modules
    3. 2. OHIO Replacement SSBN
      1. a. Ohio Replacement Schedule
      2. b. Ohio Replacement Features and Specifications
      3. c. SSN and SSBN Construction Plans
      4. d. Ohio Replacement Recent Accomplishments
      5. 3. Payloads
      6. 4. MK48 Heavyweight Torpedo Restart
      7. 5. Advanced Weapons Enhanced by Submarine UAS Against Mobile Targets (AWESUM)
      8. 6. Universal Launched and Recovery Module
      9. 7. CVN-77 Prototype Surface Ship Torpedo Defense
      10. 8. Impacts of Sequestration and the Continuing Resolution

 

The link to the full presentation is

http://www.scribd.com/doc/178787780/PEO-SUB-NSL-Symposium-FINAL-24-Oct-13-pptx

Also, here is a link to Captain Ray Wellborn’s presentation on Virginia Class Submarines http://www.aticourses.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/11/interested-in-submarines-learn-more-about-uss-virginia/


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US Navy gets largest and most expensive destroyer ever

Applied Technology Institute offers a multitude of courses on Radar, Missile & Combat Systems courses.  The launch of USS Zumwalt will surely be of interest to our readers.

The USS Zumwalt, a massive 610-foot modern-day destroyer with an advanced rocket system, launched into the water off a Maine dock on Monday, in a surprisingly quiet ceremony, given the vessel’s record-breaking size and unusual shape.

It’s the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

The ship has a 155 mm “Advanced Gun System,” with rocket-propelled warheads that can shoot 100 miles. And due to its high-technology component, it only requires half the normal amount of sailors to operate.

Originally designed simply for shore bombardment, the ship is now intended to serve multiple purposes, including backing up Marines on clandestine missions.To go along with its forward-looking nature, many of the Zumwalt’s operations are automated. There are so many computers running the ship that it will only require about 158 crew members to be on board. A typical Navy destroyer requires almost double that number.

In fact, the Navy’s plan to pack in so much sophisticated technology carried such a high price tag that some senior Navy officials tried to kill off the project. Instead, the program’s goal was narrowed: Rather than build 20 ships, the Navy would approve the construction of only three.

Currently, the Zumwalt is on track to cost more than $3.5 billion. That’s a hefty sum, but, much to the relief of Navy officials, the ship’s construction is on time and on budget. Previous Navy programs, like the new fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), haven’t been nearly as lucky.

Although significantly smaller than destroyers, the LCS have been swamped with complications ranging from technical issues to cost overruns. Last year, the Navy said it had brought the cost for each LCS down to under $400 million, but the first two each carried a $700 million price tag.

What is your opinion on the defense spending?


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Lockheed Martin Vs Raytheon or Who Gets Navy Air and Missile Defense Radar AMDR contract

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on Radar, Missiles & Combat Systems.  The news below would be of interest to our readers.

Lockheed Martin has filed a protest over competitor Raytheon Oct. 10 award of the Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) contract , Lockheed Martin officials confirmed to USNI News on Wednesday.

The protest — filed on Tuesday — will now begin a process that could stop work on the new radar until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) decides on the validity of the protest. The process can take up to 100 days before the GAO renders a decision.

Lockheed’s move follows the $386 million award to Raytheon for an S-band AMDR and radar suite controller (RSC) planned for the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers. Additional options in the contract could grow the final contract to $1.6 billion.

Lockheed has supplied radars for the Navy’s guided missile destroyers throughout the Aegis program — primarily with its SPY-1 line of radars — back to the early 1980s. Given Lockheed’s longevity with the program, the protest did not come as a surprise.

Naval Sea Systems Command would not comment on the protest other than saying the AMDR the award was the result of, “a full and open competition”

Lockheed said the company, “submitted a technically compliant solution at a very affordable price,” read a company statement on the protest provided to USNI News on Wednesday.
“We do not believe the merits of our offering were properly considered during the evaluation process.”


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Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV)- Experts To Report On October 16, 2013

The rise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is driving the development on unmanned technologies in other areas.  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming so commonplace that the FAA is hard-pressed to come up with regulations to control their operations.

Unmanned marine vehicles, meanwhile, are becoming a hot technology topic, as military researchers push a program forward to develop a long-endurance unmanned underwater submarine.

The experts are scheduled to report on this project on October 16 at Alion Science and Technology Inc.

On the schedule of the briefings:

LDUUV vision and missions

program schedule

budget

technology risks and payoff

technology development and transfer

employment

operations

testing requirements

Q & A session

You can register by emailing Navy’s Ron Merlene at ronald.merlene@navy.mil

Read more here.


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Navy commissions new submarine: USS Minnesota

The Navy commissioned its 10th Virginia-class submarine on Saturday in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
During the formal ceremony, Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota officially became the USS Minnesota.
The Minnesota was built in Newport News, with construction beginning in February 2008 and finishing 11 months ahead of schedule in June.
Minnesota is 377 feet in length and has a beam of 34 feet. It displaces 7,800 tons and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged.
Its reactor plant is designed to last the entire planned 33-year life of the ship, which helps reduce lifecycle cost while increasing the time the ship is available to perform missions.

Take a look inside!

 


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Mine-Clearing Dolphins To Be Replaced By NAVY Robots

U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and sea lions have helped detect and disable underwater mines for decades. But a growing swarm of robots will allow the Navy’s squads of sea mammals to begin retiring by 2017, the Navy says.

The sea mammals have used their natural sonar or low-light vision to help detect mine threats and even call out enemy divers since the 1960s — dolphins in particular helped mark mines during the Persian Gulf War and Iraq War. Their exemplary service is drawing to a close as the Navy turns to a growing fleet of cheaper robots to do the job.

Navy-trained sea mammals underwent different types of training depending on their capabilities. For instance, dolphins used their biological sonar to detect the location of sea mines so that they could report back to human handlers with yes or no responses. They could also mark mine locations with buoy lines, or even prepare to disable the mines by attaching explosive charges to them.

The impending retirement of the Navy’s sea mammals is part of the broader trend of the U.S. military using robots. Navy efforts include testing robot boats armed with missiles and experimenting with its large X-47B drone capable of taking off from the decks of aircraft carriers.


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Do You Know the Key Differences between Gimballing and Strapdown Intertial Navigation Systems?

Strapdown Algorithm Design for Strapdown Inertial Navigation Systems
Video Clip: Click to Watch

Maybe You Should Find Your Way to ATI’s Strapdown and Integrated Navigation Systems Course

In this highly structured 4-day short course – specifically tailored to the needs of busy engineers, scientists, managers, and aerospace professionals – Thomas S. Logsdon will provide you with new insights into the modern guidance, navigation, and control techniques now being perfected at key research centers around the globe

The various topics are illustrated with powerful analogies, full-color sketches, block diagrams, simple one-page derivations highlighting their salient features, and numerical examples that employ inputs from today’s battlefield rockets, orbiting satellites, and deep-space missions. These lessons are carefully laid out to help you design and implement practical performance-optimal missions and test procedures

Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for an understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.

What You Will Learn

• What are the key differences between gimballing and strapdown Intertial Navigation Systems?

• How are transfer alignment operations being carried out on modern battlefields?

• How sensitive are today’s solid state accelerometers and how are they currently being designed?

• What is a covariance matrix and how can it be used in evaluating the performance capabilities of Integrated GPS/INS Navigation Systems?

• How do the Paveway IV smart bombs differ from their predecessors?

• What are their key performance capabilities in practical battlefield situations?

• What is the deep space network and how does it handle its demanding missions?

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Determine for yourself the value of this course before you sign up.

Click here for the sample Course video on YouTube

You will receive a full set of detailed notes at the beginning of the class for future reference and you can add notes and more detail based on the in-class interaction. After attending the course you will also receive a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About the Applied Techinolgy Institute (ATI)

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems.

Our mission here at ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

About the Instructors

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Thomas S. Logsdon has accumulated more than 30 years experience with the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aerospace, and Rockwell International. His research projects and consulting assignments have included the Tartar and Talos shipboard missiles, Project Skylab, and various deep space interplanetary probes and missions.

Mr. Logsdon has also worked extensively on the Navstar GPS, including military applications, constellation design and coverage studies. He has taught and lectured in 31 different countries on six continents and he has written and published 1.7 million words, including 29 technical books. His textbooks include Striking It Rich in Space, Understanding the Navstar, Mobile Communication Satellites, and Orbital Mechanics: Theory and Applications.

Dr. Walter R. Dyer is a graduate of UCLA, with a Ph.D. degree in Control Systems Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He has over thirty years of industry, government and academic experience in the analysis and design of tactical and strategic missiles. His experience includes Standard Missile, Stinger, AMRAAM, HARM, MX, Small ICBM, and ballistic missile defense. He is currently a Senior Staff Member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and was formerly the Chief Technologist at the Missile Defense Agency in Washington, DC. He has authored numerous industry and government reports and published prominent papers on missile technology. He has also taught university courses in engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dates and Locations

For the dates and locations of all of these short courses, please see below:

Sep 24-27, 2012 Columbia, MD

Jan 21-24, 2013 Cape Canaveral, FL

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com

 


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Under President Obama, the PUBLIC Sector is Doing Fine

Typical Agile Project Management Process

Typical Agile Project Management Process

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Do You Know How to Satisfy the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Requirements (Circular A-11) while Applying an Agile Execution Approach?

If you answered NO,

Then you should take our

Agile Projects in the Government Environment Course

In this powerful two-day course, you’ll grasp the concepts, principles, and structure of Agile development and how these are being applied in the unique federal environment.

A common misconception is that Agility means lack of order or discipline, but that’s incorrect. It requires strong discipline. You must have a solid foundation of practices and procedures in order to successfully adapt Agile in the Government environment, and you must also learn to follow those practices correctly while tying them to pre-defined, rigid quality goals. This workshop gives you the foundation of knowledge and experience you need in order to be successful on your next federal project.

Define principles and highlight advantages and disadvantages of Agile development and how to map them to federal guidelines for IT procurement, development and delivery. Get firsthand experience organizing and participating in an Agile team. Put the concepts you learn to practice instantly in the classroom project. Understand and learn how to take advantage of the opportunities for Agile, while applying them within current government project process requirements.

Specifically, you will

• Consistently deliver better products that will enable your customer’s success

• Reduce the risk of project failure, missed deadlines, scope overrun or exceeded budgets

• Establish, develop, empower, nurture and protect high-performing teams

• Identify and eliminate waste from processes

• Map government project language to Agile language simply and effectively

• Foster collaboration, even with teams that are distributed geographically and organizationally

• Clearly understand how EVM and Agile can be integrated

• Understand the structure of Agile processes that breed success in the federal environment

• Embrace ever-changing requirements

Who Should Attend

Because this is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every Agile team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding software. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

• Business Analyst

• Technical Analyst

• Project Manager

• Software Engineer/Programmer

• Development Manager

• Product Manager

• Product Analyst

• Tester

• QA Engineer

• Documentation Specialist

The Agile Boot Camp is a perfect place for cross functional “teams” to become familiar with Agile methods and learn the basics together. It’s also a wonderful springboard for team building & learning. Bring your project detail to work on in class.

About the Applied Technology Institute (ATI)

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. If you or your team is in need of more technical training, then boost your career with the knowledge needed to provide better, faster, and cheaper solutions for sophisticated DoD and NASA systems.

What You Will Learn

• Consistently deliver better products that will enable your customer’s success

• Reduce the risk of project failure, missed deadlines, scope overrun or exceeded budgets

• Establish, develop, empower, nurture and protect high-performing teams

• Identify and eliminate waste from processes

• Map government project language to Agile language simply and effectively

• Foster collaboration, even with teams that are distributed geographically and organizationally

• Clearly understand how EVM and Agile can be integrated

• Understand the structure of Agile processes that breed success in the federal environment

• Embrace ever-changing requirements for your customer’s competitive advantage

Why not take a short course? ATI short courses are less than a week long and are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for an understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development of complex systems.

Dates and Locations

For the dates and locations of these short courses, please see below:

Jul 19-20, 2012 Baltimore, MD

Aug 9-10, 2012 Washington, DC

Sep 13-14, 2012 Herndon, VA

Oct 18-19, 2012 Columbia, MD

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com


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