Justin Katz

Justin Katz was Inside the Navy’s associate editor until November 2020. 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.

Archived Articles
Daily News | October 1, 2020

A Navy officer overseeing the service's newest unmanned surface vessels said Wednesday those vehicles will begin transits nearing a month in length this fiscal year.

Daily News | September 30, 2020

The Navy captain overseeing the MQ-4 Triton program said Tuesday he believes the unmanned maritime reconnaissance and patrol aircraft could eventually be used to detect the launch of hypersonic missiles.

The Insider | September 29, 2020

Naval Sea Systems Command is disestablishing one of its directorates, called SEA 06, and redistributing those staffs, including two program offices, across other parts of the command, according to an internal service newsletter viewed by Inside Defense.

Daily News | September 29, 2020

The Marine Corps is aiming to field a trimmed-down version of a new land-based, unmanned aerial system in fiscal year 2023, according to a Navy officer overseeing the aircraft's development.

Daily News | September 25, 2020

Under the force structure suggested by a group of third-party analysts enlisted by the deputy defense secretary, the Navy would build a fleet consisting of nine aircraft carriers and more than 100 unmanned ships while projecting an effectively flat budget for the foreseeable future. (UPDATED)

Daily News | September 24, 2020

The Navy this year is laying the foundational efforts to maintain its envisioned fleet of unmanned surface and undersea vessels by combining a multiple award contract for hardware components and a new prototype for integrating autonomy software, a Navy officer leading the efforts told Inside Defense.

The Insider | September 24, 2020

Naval Sea Systems Command plans to hold a virtual industry day Oct. 6 and 7, according to a public Navy notice.

The Insider | September 23, 2020

The Navy's program office for unmanned maritime systems has not yet seen major schedule delays due to the coronavirus, but the pandemic has added challenges and costs associated with on-water testing, according to the officer in charge.

Daily News | September 23, 2020

The officer leading a prototype effort designed to incorporate new autonomy behaviors on unmanned vehicles says he envisions multiple opportunities for industry to get involved as integrators, testers and network providers.

Daily News | September 22, 2020

The Navy has spent $300 million in Defense Production Act funding over the past three months to strengthen its supply chains, according to the service's acquisition executive.

The Insider | September 21, 2020

A new panel focused on the defense industrial base and chaired by two senior Navy officials is now in motion, according to a service spokesman.

Daily News | September 17, 2020

The Navy is moving forward with an experiment to rapidly develop, test and distribute software upgrades to the fleet's Aegis combat system by establishing a "software factory" prototype for surface combatants.

The Insider | September 16, 2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded contracts to three companies to begin work on a new program to overcome certain limitations on unmanned surface vessels.

The Insider | September 15, 2020

The Navy today announced it would begin drafting an environmental impact statement for its proposed demolition and construction of facilities at Pearl Harbor, an extended but necessary process associated with improving the four public shipyards.

The Insider | September 11, 2020

The Navy's top requirements officer expects the service's unmanned campaign plan to be "matured" sometime this fall but also said the document would not remain stagnant even after its initial endorsement.

Daily News | September 10, 2020

The Navy urgently contracted the use of five wind-powered, unmanned surface vessels for data collection during a major exercise with the intent to survey industry for other capabilities if the demonstrations are successful.

The Insider | September 9, 2020

U.S. Pacific Fleet is planning a capability demonstration in early 2021 called a "fleet battle problem" centered on unmanned and autonomous capabilities, according to a senior officer.

The Insider | September 8, 2020

The Marine Corps hopes to field its Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessel between fiscal years 2025 and 2027, according to a general overseeing the boat's development.

Daily News | September 8, 2020

The Navy has begun a prototyping effort to demonstrate a new autonomous integration capability that, if successful, will debuted in the fiscal year 2022 budget request, according to an officer overseeing the project.

Daily News | September 8, 2020

The Navy late last week awarded six companies with contracts to begin studies for the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel, providing an early look into which companies will vie to build the new class of ship.

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