The U.S. Navy’s unique mission and its ambitious goals for a 355-ship fleet may not be met unless the service abandons conventional approaches and focuses on emerging technologies, such as unmanned systems, Bloomberg Government analysts said in an April 10 briefing at National Harbor in Maryland.
The breakfast briefing, on President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request for the Navy and recent trends in Navy contracting, featured BGOV analysts Laura Criste, Cameron Leuthy, and Robert Levinson.
Topics of discussion included:
– Navy readiness and research projects slated for fiscal 2019 and beyond.
– The Navy’s lofty goal of increasing the fleet from about 280 ships to 355.
– Research in emerging technologies such as cybersecurity, directed energy, and unmanned systems.
– Competition for future information technology and professional services contracting dollars.
– The top five Navy-Marine Corps vendors, funding offices, contracts, and places of performance.