General Dynamics is building the Navy's Mobile Landing Platform
named the USNS John Glenn. This ship is to be 765 feet long and will be an offshore staging area for Navy
and Marine Corps personnel and equipment prior to a shore assault. These ships are referred to as a pier at sea and will be forward deployed and ready for use around the world. Three Mobile Landing Platform ships are to be built.
has named xx small businesses as outstanding suppliers.
AeroAntenna Technology, Inc., Chatsworth, Calif.
Allied Container Systems, Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif.
Omega Precision, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Q-Tech Corporation, Culver City, Calif.
Fay Tool & Die, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
Industrial Smoke and Mirrors, Orlando, Fla.
MSGI Corporation, Tampa, Fla.
TEQ Games, Orlando, Fla.
Vykin Corporation, Tampa, Fla.
O'Fallon Casting, O'Fallon, Mo.
Crowley Fabricating & Machining Co, Inc., Endicott, N.Y.
Maureen Data Systems, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Microwave Innovations, Inc., Furlong, Penn.
US&S, Inc., Greenville, S.C.
Amorphous Materials, Inc., Garland, Texas
Williams-Pyro, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
Bihrle Applied Research, Inc., Hampton, Va.
Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc., Middleton, Wis
"Our small business partners add relevant capabilities we incorporate into the solutions we provide to our customers," said Denise Saiki, president of Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics business. "We have developed valuable relationships with our partners and are happy to recognize their significant role in supporting our customers' needs."
The Navy has announced the names of the next five Virginia-class attack submarines.
They will be named the USS Illinois, the USS Washington, the USS Colorado, the USS Indiana, and the USS South Dakota. It has been 49 years since a Navy ship has had one of these state names. These submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, near shore or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.
"Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time."
The Defense Department has released a report on possible changes in export control policy
relating to space. The report recommends loosening export controls on communication and lower performing remote sensing satellites and related components. This will allow more satellite technology to be exported and increase business for US companies.