Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson is a Navy reporter. Before joining Inside Defense in August 2022, he was an intern with Marketplace and a reporter with the Daily Mining Gazette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is a graduate of Boston College.

Archived Articles
Daily News | May 10, 2024

The push to procure two Virginia-class submarines in fiscal year 2025 is gaining momentum in Congress, where some lawmakers are preparing to fund a second boat regardless of whether the Pentagon's topline budget stays within Fiscal Responsibility Act spending limits or breaks its $895 billion cap.

The Insider | May 9, 2024

The Marine Corps tallied its first overseas use of Amphibious Combat Vehicles during a May 4 training exercise that saw the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ACV platoon complete waterborne, live-fire training off the coast of the Philippines during Exercise Balikatan.

Daily News | May 8, 2024

The Marine Corps is evaluating counter-drone technology proposals and plans to select a vendor in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024 to produce a system to defend buildings, bases and other assets from small, unmanned aircraft systems.

Daily News | May 6, 2024

The Navy has resolved to complete more functional design work on new shipbuilding programs prior to milestone B, but the commitment falls short of a new recommendation from government auditors, which encourages the sea service to complete a ship's functional design before awarding a detail design and construction contract.

Daily News | May 3, 2024

The Marine Corps has fielded the first unit of a new mixed-reality training system intended to improve the performance of Amphibious Combat Vehicle operators. It expects to receive 80 more of these driver simulators by the end of fiscal year 2024.

Daily News | May 2, 2024

The Navy and Marine Corps are advancing a joint effort to clarify requirements and metrics for amphibious warship readiness, according to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, who today said the services believe they need at least nine of the ships ready for action around the clock.

The Insider | May 1, 2024

The Marine Corps has reorganized its radar systems portfolio to meet evolving force design goals, expanding the scope of a program office that was once focused solely on the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar to encompass multiple future expeditionary systems.

The Insider | May 1, 2024

A new missile facility in Camden, AR will begin producing SkyHunter interceptors in late 2025 or early 2026 for a developing Marine Corps air defense system, according to Ground Based Air Defense Program Manager Col. Andrew Konicki.

Daily News | April 30, 2024

Two of the Marine Corps' developing mobile air defense systems are advancing toward fielding decisions, expected before the end of fiscal year 2025, according to Steve Bowdren, program executive officer for land systems.

The Insider | April 30, 2024

The Marine Corps is prioritizing the rapid development of counter-drone technologies with a new "fusion center" established within the past few months at Quantico, VA, service officials said today during the Modern Day Marine conference in Washington.

Daily News | April 29, 2024

The Marine Corps is buying a new connector vessel designed for littoral maneuver and sustainment that could help deliver a "bridging solution" for forward-deployed forces ahead of Landing Ship Medium fielding.

Daily News | April 26, 2024

The Marine Corps plans to raise procurement spending on its portfolio of air defense systems in fiscal year 2025 as it looks to begin rapidly fielding the initial battery of a mid-range interceptor system before the end of the upcoming fiscal year.

Daily News | April 25, 2024

HII's Newport News Shipbuilding today announced it has delivered the Virginia-class submarine New Jersey (SSN-796) to the Navy, a milestone that demonstrates "forward momentum" for the struggling submarine industrial base, according to advocates in Congress.

The Insider | April 24, 2024

The Navy views live, virtual and constructive training as an increasingly valuable capability because it allows the fleet to experiment and practice with new weapon systems and tactics without exposing them to adversaries, according to Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. James Kilby.

Daily News | April 24, 2024

With the Navy requesting only one Virginia-class submarine in fiscal year 2025, it is important that the sea service also fund a second, full shipset of Virginia materials to sustain the submarine supply chain, General Dynamics executives said today.

Daily News | April 23, 2024

The Navy is planning to use multiship procurement to buy four amphibious warships and aims to put the vessels on contracts within a matter of weeks, according to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro.

Daily News | April 17, 2024

The Navy today unveiled a series of new initiatives to tackle shipbuilding delays by refining contracting strategies, improving collaboration with industry and strengthening the workforce involved in designing, contracting and building naval vessels.

Daily News | April 17, 2024

The Navy is preparing to test two counter-drone weapon systems during a June demonstration in a rapid capability effort that aims to equip destroyers with a kinetic, counter-UAS capability at a fraction of the cost of Standard Missiles.

Daily News | April 16, 2024

The Navy has used nearly $1 billion in munitions to intercept missiles and drones in the Red Sea, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said today, telling Senate appropriators it is critical that Congress pass a pending supplemental spending package to begin replacing these interceptors.

Daily News | April 15, 2024

The Marine Corps has selected Teledyne FLIR, Anduril Industries and AeroVironment to develop and deliver Organic Precision Fires-Light (OPF-L) -- a loitering munitions system intended to provide infantry Marines with a beyond-line-of-sight, precision-strike capability.

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