Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | January 28, 2003

Navy Under Secretary Susan Livingstone has officially assumed the Navy's top leadership position in an acting capacity following the resignation of the 72nd Navy secretary, Gordon England, a Navy spokeswoman tells Inside the Navy.

Daily News | December 9, 2002

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has proposed redesigning the first ship in the Navy's new class of CVNX aircraft carriers into a more capable "CVN-21" ship, according to a draft internal budget document.

Daily News | October 7, 2002

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Media reports have named Navy Secretary Gordon England as a candidate for the No. 2 position at the yet-to-be-established Homeland Security Department, but England would prefer to keep his current job, he told reporters here last week.

Daily News | August 19, 2002

The General Accounting Office today quashed a protest by General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works, which alleged the Navy unfairly awarded a $2.9 billion DD(X) ship development contract to the Gold Team led by Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

Daily News | July 19, 2002

General Dynamics came close to withdrawing its protest over the contract award for the Navy's multibillion-dollar DD(X) ship development program today, but discussions have not yet produced a final agreement, sources tell Inside the Navy.

Daily News | July 8, 2002

The Navy and the Coast Guard have approved significant changes to the 1998 "National Fleet" agreement between the services, formalizing the closer working relationship the two have shared since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to a Navy spokesman.

Daily News | June 12, 2002

Newport, RI -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark today unveiled the Navy's new vision for its future, called "Seapower 21," which he said would help the Navy improve future readiness and fulfill President Bush's direction to "take the fight to the enemy" in the war on terrorism.

Daily News | May 9, 2002

Just hours after Navy Secretary Gordon England assured reporters the Navy's decision to award a $2.9 billion DD(X) destroyer design contract to Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard and Raytheon was completely fair, losing bidder General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works filed a protest today with the General Accounting Office, arguing otherwise.

Daily News | May 7, 2002

The House Armed Services Committee wants the Coast Guard's national defense mission included in all future Quadrennial Defense Reviews conducted by the Pentagon.

Daily News | May 1, 2002

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark today predicted the Navy would buy between 30 and 60 Littoral Combat Ships to counter dangerous threats in the littorals.

Daily News | April 30, 2002

The Navy nearly finalized a swap of major shipbuilding work between General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman last week, but those talks stalled after bumping up against the service's DD(X) destroyer contract announcement, according to Navy acquisition executive John Young.

Daily News | April 25, 2002

Pentagon acquisition czar Pete Aldridge held a meeting to review the V-22 Osprey program today, clearing the way for the Navy to officially decide to resume flight testing of the aircraft for the first time since December 2000, sources said.

Daily News | April 25, 2002

Shipbuilding titans Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics are on the verge of inking a deal brokered by the Navy to swap billions of dollars worth of shipbuilding work involving the construction of LPD-17 amphibious dock ships and DDG-51 destroyers, sources said.

Daily News | April 10, 2002

A high-level delegation from U.S. Pacific Command and Chinese defense officials today opened a new round of maritime safety talks in Shanghai, a Defense Department spokesman said.

Daily News | January 11, 2002

The Marine Corps has received a signed letter alleging irregularities in the handling of two investigations into the April 2000 V-22 mishap in Marana, AZ, and a subsequent report on V-22 testing.

Daily News | November 14, 2001

A NASA-led review of the V-22 Osprey formally endorses resuming flight tests of the aircraft as soon as possible, according to a Nov. 6 report prepared for the Navy.

Daily News | November 8, 2001

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones said today he is exploring buying AC-130 gunships to provide fire support to forward-deployed Marines.

Daily News | October 30, 2001

The Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, which is being used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan against the Taliban, was recently deemed ineffective and unsuitable for military operations by the Pentagon's director of operational testing, according to documents and sources.

Daily News | October 1, 2001

A senior defense official suggested today President Bush's campaign against terrorism is considered by the Defense Department to be a major combat operation, as opposed to a small-scale contingency.

Daily News | September 25, 2001

The devastating events of Sept. 11 have prompted the Navy to postpone indefinitely a biennial symposium that has for years brought together naval leaders from around the world to discuss maritime issues with political, economic and security-related implications.

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