Justin Katz

Justin Katz is Inside the Navy’s associate editor. He was previously a local news reporter in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. A New York native, he graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

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Daily News | February 20, 2019

The Navy is proposing a series of industry days to discuss the nascent stages of standardizing autonomous vehicle interfaces, with the intent to mandate those standards in future contracts, according to a Feb. 15 request for information.

Daily News | February 20, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Adm. Christopher Grady, U.S. Fleet Forces commander, is preparing to sign out a "readiness campaign plan" in the coming weeks that will establish a fleet analytics office, and potentially install an officer billet on his staff focused on readiness.

The Insider | February 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The F-35 joint program office will brief Congress on its Block 4 modernization plan in the coming months, according to the program executive officer.

Daily News | February 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy delivered only 30 percent of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers out of maintenance on time in recent years, and the admiral overseeing that maintenance believes the service's acquisition strategy is to blame.

Daily News | February 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The F-35 Joint Program Office is planning to award up to 20 software development and sustainment contracts for "immediate" requirements to small businesses and startups later this year, according to the program executive officer.

Daily News | February 15, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy is starting to see benefits from a new aviation sustainment system in the form of reducing the time it takes to conduct various maintenance activities, one of the service's top aviators said.

The Insider | February 15, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy yesterday announced it is establishing an office to crowdsource ideas between sailors and civilians within the service and to help industry ensure their ideas reach the appropriate commands, according to the service's acquisition executive.

Daily News | February 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy's aircraft carriers will rely on other technologies to defend against torpedoes after determining its $700 million Surface Ship Torpedo Defense system is not worth pursuing any further, according to the Navy's acquisition executive.

The Insider | February 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- One of the Pentagon's top weapons buyers today said he is "not terribly optimistic" the defense budget will grow in future years, but rather the country will have "enormous pressure" to spend money paying down the national debt.

Daily News | February 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy's top civilians are convinced $13 billion aircraft carriers are not sustainable, but what the next aircraft carrier looks like and what it will cost is not clear to senior leadership, according to the service's second most senior civilian.

Daily News | February 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy is preparing to equip Los Angeles-class submarines with a Harpoon weapon system as a way to bridge a capability gap until the service can field its upgraded Tomahawk missile, according to a top admiral.

The Insider | February 13, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Space and Naval Warfare Center is changing the names of its East and West Coast systems centers to "Naval Information Warfare Centers," the Navy announced today.

The Insider | February 11, 2019

A Navy and Air Force program to protect logistics helicopters from a variety of guided missiles was commended in its first report by the Pentagon's top weapons tester as being capable of defeating the threats identified in a 2015 joint urgent operational needs statement.

Daily News | February 08, 2019

The Navy formulated its fiscal year 2020 budget with the service's new maritime strategy at the "very front" of the process, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told Inside Defense in a Feb. 7 interview.

Daily News | February 08, 2019

The Navy's top admiral this week said the service may consider making "first moves" in the Black Sea region to force responses from Russia and other competitors in the area, but in an interview with Inside Defense said those actions could fall short of being labeled as "aggressive."

Daily News | February 05, 2019

The Pentagon's office for independent cost estimates has concluded the Navy's two-ship buy of the third and fourth Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers will save $3.1 billion -- $900 million less than what the service touted last week following the contract award, a new Congressional Research Service report revealed.

Daily News | February 05, 2019

The Defense Department's new air-launched, anti-surface missile will receive an "incremental upgrade" while the Pentagon finds a way forward on the second increment of the weapon system, which is now scheduled to achieve initial operational capability between fiscal years 2028 and 2030.

Daily News | February 01, 2019

The Navy's $14.9 billion announcement of a highly anticipated contract to build the third and fourth Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers coincided on the same day as the Pentagon's top weapons tester published an annual report stating the Navy has "unrealistic assumptions" about the lead ship in the class.

The Insider | January 31, 2019

The Navy is calling for industry input about projectile seeker technologies to support the service's development of gun-launched, guided projectiles capable of defeating cruise missiles, fast attack craft and fast inshore attack craft, according to a Jan. 29 request for information posted on Federal Business Opportunities.

Daily News | January 30, 2019

Neither Boeing nor Lockheed Martin will compete to build the Navy's next training helicopter, company spokeswomen told Inside Defense this week following the request for proposals' publication.

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