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 | January 15, 2019

The Navy is developing specifications for how autonomous technology should behave within its unmanned systems, with the intention to eventually include them in solicitations, according to a Navy official.

The Insider | January 11, 2019

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing next week, the Navy said today.

The Insider | January 10, 2019

The Navy is seeking information from contractors interested in producing the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block III, according to a Jan. 7 notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Daily News | January 10, 2019

Expeditionary warfare officials aim to identify funding in a future budget to start proving out concepts necessary to design a new maintenance and modernization model for big-deck amphibious ships, according to a Navy official.

Daily News | January 09, 2019

The Navy's formal solicitation for trade studies concerning a new common hull form for auxiliary ships stresses the need for “the most extreme cost conscious acquisition approach” and prioritizes sealift as the most important mission set of the five requiring recapitalization.

The Insider | January 08, 2019

Huntington Ingalls Industries yesterday announced it hired retired Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo as its corporate vice president of program integration and assessment.

The Insider | January 04, 2019

The Defense Department has assigned the Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Transportation Command as responsible for the F-35 global transportation and distribution networks, along with North American regional warehousing, according to an F-35 Joint Program Office statement issued today.

The Insider | January 04, 2019

The Navy plans to release the final request for proposals for its next training helicopter, TH-XX, later this month, according to documents the service published yesterday.

Daily News | January 02, 2019

The Navy's plans to train and test future sonars and explosives in Hawaii and Southern California are modeled off of fluctuations in training and deployment cycles, which means the service is accepting "a degree of risk" that it will not have sufficient capacity to conduct that training to meet future national emergencies, the service announced last month.

Daily News | December 31, 2018

After several years of planning and discussions, the Defense Department notified Congress today that it would pursue a two-ship buy of the third and fourth Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers, a move that will save an estimated $4 billion, a congressman overseeing Navy shipbuilding told Inside Defense.

Daily News | December 26, 2018

The Navy is considering a “phased approach” to recapitalizing the five mission sets bound for a potential common hull shipbuilding program, according to a service spokeswoman.

The Insider | December 19, 2018

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer last week identified for Congress the potential impact on a variety of Navy vendors and bases throughout the country if the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget is limited by sequestration.

Daily News | December 18, 2018

The Navy's new maritime strategy, seeking to align with the National Defense Strategy, details how the service can prepare for "great power competition" with the Russian and Chinese navies and lays out time lines for future major acquisitions to support the strategy.

Daily News | December 17, 2018

The actual execution costs for the Navy's most recently delivered Littoral Combat Ships are more than 20 percent below the congressional cost cap, according to a service spokesman. (UPDATED)

The Insider | December 17, 2018

The Navy last week awarded Austal USA a contract modification to build two of the three Littoral Combat Ships appropriated by Congress for fiscal year 2019, according to a Defense Department statement.

Daily News | December 14, 2018

The significance of sea and air power should drive the conversation about the Pentagon's topline budget, a congressman likely to lead oversight of Navy shipbuilding next year told Inside the Navy this week.

The Insider | December 12, 2018

The Navy is not ruling out the possibility of splitting the award for production of 20 next-generation frigates between two or more shipbuilders, according to the service's top civilian.

The Insider | December 12, 2018

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer today told Congress he predicts the Navy will achieve a "clean audit" in five to six years.

Daily News | December 11, 2018

The Navy has deemed a theoretical "MH-53K King Dragon" helicopter as "not practical," estimating procuring such a platform could cost up to $7.6 billion in 2014 constant-year dollars for 48 aircraft, while developing and testing the aircraft could run $2.6 billion, according to documents viewed by Inside the Navy.

Daily News | December 06, 2018

A potential $33 billion cut to the Defense Department's topline budget in fiscal year 2020 would have "a profound impact" on the size of the Navy's fleet, said the service's second most senior civilian, who also raised questions about the Navy's latest aircraft carrier program.

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