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 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.

Daily News | January 30, 2019

The Navy awarded its latest P-8A Poseidon Lot 10 contract three months early to ensure a $60 million budget shortfall did not slow down the production line.

The Insider | January 29, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said today the Pentagon has chosen someone to lead U.S. Space Command, but declined to name that person.

Daily News | January 29, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan believes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has "a lot of opportunity for more performance."

The Insider | January 28, 2019

The Navy today published its request for proposals for its next training helicopter, dubbed TH-XX.

The Insider | January 28, 2019

The Navy intends to award a contract to Northrop Grumman to study the feasibility of integrating the service's next-generation satellite communications system into the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Daily News | January 25, 2019

Textron Systems in partnership with the Navy is researching how its unmanned surface vessel could use autonomous technology in conjunction with "smart weapons" to ultimately fulfill a fire and indirect fire mission for the service, a company executive told Inside the Navy in a Jan. 24 interview.

The Insider | January 24, 2019

Two unmanned mine warfare systems completed shipboard integration testing last week aboard a Littoral Combat Ship, the Navy announced today.

Daily News | January 23, 2019

The Navy spent $1.4 billion on backup helicopters "it did not need" until fiscal year 2020, and will spend $2 million annually to store those aircraft as a result of requirements offices not informing one another of schedule changes, according to a new government watchdog report.

Daily News | January 22, 2019

The Navy is rejecting a suggestion by Senate authorizers to re-purpose old Standard Missile-3 guided missiles for live-fire exercises because it would be several times more expensive and have a "limited return on investment," according to a service report sent to Congress last month and viewed by Inside the Navy.

Daily News | January 22, 2019

The Navy is looking to accelerate a mine neutralization system linked to a new mine countermeasures vessel, and will consider using an accelerated acquisition designation to do so, according to the program manager.

Daily News | January 18, 2019

The necessary capabilities and mission sets for a future Navy auxiliary ship only recently disclosed to the public are being developed by three separate but overlapping requirements evaluation teams, according to a Navy program manager responsible for auxiliary fleet programs.

The Insider | January 17, 2019

The Navy plans to award contracts for industry studies of a new common hull in March, the program manager said yesterday at the Surface Navy Association symposium.

Daily News | January 17, 2019

The Navy is now estimating the costs of follow-on next-generation frigates will be near $800 million, edging away from the $950 million threshold it announced last year, the program manager told attendees today at the Surface Navy Association symposium.

The Insider | January 17, 2019

Mysterious damage found in a Zumwalt-class destroyer's engine was caused by a "foreign contaminant," and the source of that object has not yet been discovered, according to the program manager for the ship class.

The Insider | January 16, 2019

A House lawmaker likely to lead oversight of Navy shipbuilding singled out the service's next-generation frigate program as one of his big concerns going into the new year.

Daily News | January 16, 2019

The Navy will not procure two units of an experimental high-energy laser in fiscal year 2019 as planned, and will instead adhere to a congressional procurement fence that allows the service to buy only one unit, according to a spokesman for the Navy secretary.

The Insider | January 16, 2019

The Navy has programmed all of the necessary funding into its future years defense program to move forward on its 111 surface warfare reforms, and has implemented 87 of those changes to date, according to the service's second most senior officer.

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