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.

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Daily News | March 13, 2023

The Navy plans to procure nine ships and decommission eight in its fiscal year 2024 budget request, investing in submarines, destroyers and frigates but likely teeing up a fight in Congress over amphibious warship requirements and a fleet size projected to remain flat over the next five years.

Daily News | March 9, 2023

The Marine Corps' highest-ranking officer today doubled down on the need for 31 traditional amphibious warships and endorsed block buys and other contracting strategies to signal consistent demand to industry.

The Insider | March 9, 2023

The Marine Corps will procure 16 additional units of a ground-based radar system, with plans to award Northrop Grumman a contract modification in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023.

Daily News | March 6, 2023

As the modern battlefield becomes increasingly complex, the Marine Corps wants to prepare Marines at all levels to make rapid decisions and contend with a variety of new threats, including unmanned systems and cyberattacks.

Daily News | March 3, 2023

Over the next 15 years, the surface Navy will focus on upgrading its fleet of destroyers and investing in new weapon systems like hypersonic missiles and directed energy, a top surface warfare officer said today while laying out the service's future years defense program forecast.

Daily News | March 2, 2023

The Marine Corps' newly announced Okinawa-based Marine Littoral Regiment is not the only MLR the service plans to stand up in the region, according to senior Pentagon policy officials who underscored the importance of forward-deployed forces to deter an increasingly aggressive Chinese military.

The Insider | February 28, 2023

The Navy recently accepted delivery of its latest Spearhead-class expeditionary vessel, Apalachicola (EPF-13), the 13th fast transport ship to join the fleet and the first designed to operate without a crew for up to 30 days.

Daily News | February 24, 2023

The Marine Corps is evaluating its fleet of ground vehicles and considering an addition to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle family as it seeks a land platform lighter than the JLTV but more robust than the Ultra-light Tactical Vehicle.

Daily News | February 24, 2023

As the Marine Corps advances force-design updates in preparation for potential conflict in the Pacific, it is placing a premium on stand-in forces and seeking to upgrade its logistics strategy to support these forces in an increasingly contested environment.

The Insider | February 23, 2023

Boeing plans to deliver its final F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the Navy late in 2025 and conclude production of the legacy fighter line, according to a Thursday company announcement.

Daily News | February 22, 2023

The Marine Corps is doubling down on its need for 31 traditional amphibious ships and a new class of 35 smaller vessels as it prepares for increasing littoral operations in the Pacific.

The Insider | February 17, 2023

The Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.1 billion initial contract to integrate hypersonic strike capability onto Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers, according to a Friday announcement from the company.

The Insider | February 17, 2023

The Marine Corps has started the formal evaluation of three Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototypes as it seeks a replacement for its legacy Light Armored Vehicle (LAV).

Daily News | February 16, 2023

While the Navy looks to improve its schedule risk oversight of Columbia-class submarine production, it's too late for the type of long-term risk analysis that government auditors have recommended, and the service must maintain focus on fielding the submarines on time by any means necessary, according to a top official who oversees the program.

Daily News | February 16, 2023

As the Navy continues to explore alternative uses for its fleet of Littoral Combat Ships, it's evaluating the class' potential to serve as "motherships" for a variety of future unmanned systems.

Daily News | February 14, 2023

The Marine Corps is moving forward with the fielding of multiple mobile air defense systems, approving one prototype for certification and nearing the completion of operational testing for another, as it seeks to protect expeditionary forces from missiles, aircraft and other airborne threats.

The Insider | February 10, 2023

The Marine Corps will host an industry day showcasing a Marine Littoral Regiment training exercise and signaling training modernization needs to industry, according to a service announcement.

Daily News | February 9, 2023

Shipbuilder and defense technology company HII recorded a consistent fourth quarter performance, meeting all of its shipbuilding milestones and forecasting growing stability in its future delivery schedules, company officials said today during the company's quarterly earnings call.

Daily News | February 8, 2023

The Navy's shipbuilding plans provide a "moving target" that is undercutting industry efforts to make necessary investments in personnel and facilities, and is resulting in slow production and maintenance, according to a spokesman for shipbuilders and their suppliers.

Daily News | February 3, 2023

The Integrated Combat System concept, an idea for using software to connect all surface ships and unmanned platforms to enable rapid and cohesive decision-making, is a priority for the future fleet according to a top surface warfare officer.

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