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 | March 10, 2020

The Navy does not expect to eliminate its shortfall of strike fighter aircraft until 2029 and a senior service official conceded today to lawmakers the gap could widen as a result of attrition before then.

The Insider | March 10, 2020

Textron Systems said today it delivered the first Ship to Shore Connector in February following successful acceptance trials late last year.

The Insider | March 10, 2020

The Navy yesterday awarded Lockheed Martin a $22 million contract for a "Layered Laser Defense" weapon system prototype, a new project initiated by a wide-ranging call for science and technology projects beneficial to the military.

The Insider | March 3, 2020

The Navy is planning a March 23 industry day to discuss the contract award for design, development and production of Hammerhead, a maritime mining system deployed from an unmanned undersea vehicle to detect and destroy anti-submarine warfare assets, according to a Navy notice published last month.

The Insider | March 3, 2020

A several-months delay in the milestone C decision for a new unmanned surface vessel focused on minesweeping was caused by problems found during developmental testing, according to a Navy spokesman.

Daily News | February 28, 2020

The Navy today awarded a $21 million low-rate initial production contract modification to Textron Systems for three unmanned surface vehicles focused on mine countermeasures, two days after the service announced the program achieved its acquisition milestone C.

The Insider | February 27, 2020

The Marine Corps is seeking information from industry about "medium-range/medium-endurance" unmanned aircraft capable of performing surveillance and target acquisition in all weather conditions.

The Insider | February 26, 2020

Pentagon brass is considering a legislative proposal that would allow the Navy to redirect expired funding into the shipbuilding account, according to the defense secretary.

The Insider | February 26, 2020

Amid speculation and media reporting about the status of the Navy's shipbuilding plans, Defense Secretary Mark Esper today laid out for lawmakers how he intends to move forward with each document.

The Insider | February 26, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today said he has not seen the Navy's fiscal year 2021 30-year shipbuilding plan.

The Insider | February 26, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today announced he's started a "war game and analysis process" to scrutinize the results of the Navy's force structure assessment.

Daily News | February 25, 2020

Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, chief of U.S. Transportation Command, today quantified the surge sealift crisis he is facing, stating the fleet will lose between 1 million and 2 million square feet of capacity each year starting around 2025.

Daily News | February 24, 2020

The Navy expects to purchase two large unmanned undersea vehicles in fiscal year 2025 using other procurement funding, according to the service's FY-21 budget request.

The Insider | February 24, 2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week awarded Lockheed Martin a $12 million contract to begin developing a new class of unmanned undersea vehicles for the first phase of a program dubbed Manta Ray.

The Insider | February 21, 2020

The Pentagon is soliciting industry and academia for surveillance technology that will enable high-speed watercraft to detect and avoid obstacles at or near the water's surface, according to a notice published today by the Defense Department.

The Insider | February 21, 2020

The Navy said yesterday it completed the first installation of a laser weapon system designed to counter unmanned surveillance drones onboard a destroyer.

Daily News | February 20, 2020

Mark Buzby, the Maritime Administration chief, said today his agency would soon publish a national maritime strategy.

The Insider | February 19, 2020

The Office of Naval Research is soliciting industry for proposals and white papers about various anti-submarine surveillance systems and is planning a classified industry day next month, according to a notice published today by the Navy.

Daily News | February 19, 2020

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly yesterday announced the service would conduct a "Stem-to-Stern Review" of the Navy's programs with the goal of finding $40 billion in savings.

The Insider | February 18, 2020

The Navy Saturday tested a life-extended Trident II D5LE missile from an Ohio-class submarine off the coast of California, according to a service statement.

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