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 | June 26, 2019

The Navy opted to decommission its mine countermeasures Avenger-class (MCM-1) ships early because of constrained funding and the willingness of service leadership to take additional risk in fielding replacement capabilities, according to a Navy official.

The Insider | June 25, 2019

The Navy plans to deliver its mine warfare plan to Congress by the end of the year, and the document will serve as certification to lawmakers that the service is prepared to retire legacy equipment, according to a top Navy official.

The Insider | June 25, 2019

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office last week over a shipyard services contract worth up to $931 million, becoming the second shipbuilder to do so.

Daily News | June 25, 2019

The Navy, preparing for great power conflict, is sending its strongest indication to date that it predicts its future is in unmanned systems.

The Insider | June 21, 2019

The Navy yesterday published the final request for proposals to design and build the service's next-generation frigate, FFG(X).

Daily News | June 20, 2019

The No. 2 item on the Navy's annual wish list came from several requirements evaluation teams that looked at how to fulfill medical requirements without the service's two hospital ships, according to a Navy official.

The Insider | June 20, 2019

A Naval Sea Systems Command team plans to brief the results of an analysis of alternatives for the surface force to Navy leadership "at the end of the year," according to a service official.

Daily News | June 19, 2019

The Navy later this summer plans to experiment with expeditionary sea bases as vessels of opportunity for the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission package, according to a service official.

The Insider | June 10, 2019

The Pentagon late last week awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.8 billion contract for continued development and design maturation of F-35 Block 4 capabilities, according to a Defense Department statement.

Daily News | June 10, 2019

House authorizers are backing several items on the Navy's unfunded priority list, including more than $800 million in backlogged submarine and surface ship maintenance, according to the House Armed Services Committee's "chairman's mark" of the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill.

Daily News | June 10, 2019

House lawmakers aim to mandate that the military services maintain a senior civilian position for energy, installations and environment, effectively halting a Navy proposal to install an assistant secretary for information management, according to a copy of the House Armed Services Committee's "chairman's mark" obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | June 07, 2019

The Navy is choosing not to project the future year funding for the development of a common hull auxiliary vessel to avoid causing budget "gyrations down the road," according to a Navy official overseeing the program.

Daily News | June 04, 2019

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee today passed an amendment to its mark of the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that aims to force the Navy into accelerating a program to build a common hull auxiliary vessel.

Daily News | June 04, 2019

House authorizers are seeking a more detailed outline of the Navy's immediate plans to recapitalize the four public shipyards and would direct the service to provide an implementation plan by March, according to committee staff.

Daily News | June 03, 2019

House lawmakers plan to authorize a new maritime program that would secure 10 U.S.-flagged, civilian-operated petroleum tankers in case of wartime, according to committee staff.

The Insider | May 30, 2019

The Navy plans to issue a solicitation for dismantling and disposing of a surface ship support barge by August and awarding a contract in April 2020, according to a May 30 Federal Business Opportunities notice.

The Insider | May 30, 2019

The Navy is planning to hold an industry day in late June to replace four small waterplane twin hull (SWATH) ships, according to a May 29 Federal Business Opportunities notice.

The Insider | May 28, 2019

Lockheed Martin has decided not to submit a bid for the competition to build the Navy's next-generation frigate, a company executive told Inside Defense today.

Daily News | May 28, 2019

Despite the Navy's efforts to convince lawmakers to make major investments in unmanned technology, House appropriators are proposing funding cuts for several high-profile programs in their fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill.

The Insider | May 24, 2019

The Navy may add a ballistic missile defense test ship to its new experimental squadron for surface vessels, according to slides obtained by Inside Defense.

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