Megan Eckstein, Defense News

Megan Eckstein

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Arlington, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Megan:

Leaders unveil a circuitous path to nuke-powered Australian subs

The ambitious AUKUS mega-project formally sets sail, as questions swirl about shipbuilding capacity, funding and information-sharing. → Read More

Why the US Navy wants to retire eight ships early

The Navy wants to retire three cruisers, three amphibs and two Independence LCSs early — even though Congress saved four of these eight ships last year. → Read More

Commandant pushes amphibious warship funding as next budget emerges

Berger the Pentagon isn’t giving the Navy and Marine Corps a sufficient budget to fund amphibious warships. → Read More

The Marine Corps’ logistics system is behind ― here’s the overhaul plan

The Marine Corps released a logistics modernization plan that includes new supply delivery methods and smart inventory tools. → Read More

Boeing will close Super Hornet production line in 2025

Boeing will close its Super Hornet production line in 2025, or 2027 if India selects the jet, after 30 years of building F/A-18E-Fs in St. Louis. → Read More

Navy’s hypersonic launcher is headed to flight testing next year

Lockheed Martin's $1.2 billion hypersonic missile contract includes the development of a ship-based launcher and flight tests next year. → Read More

Navy divers use typical skills in odd mission — recovering a balloon

Navy divers may not be trained to recover downed spy balloons, but EOD Group 2 had all the tools it needed to accomplish a mission this month. → Read More

Navy awards Lockheed Martin $1.2B contract for hypersonic missiles

The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin $1.2 billion to produce hypersonic missiles and finalize integration between the weapon and Zumwalt-class destroyers. → Read More

Newport News has fully staffed attack sub line, after years of delays

The company has a fully staffed Virginia-class production line, and the company hopes to see improved schedule performance on the remaining Block IV subs. → Read More

How the US Navy is creating the ‘nirvana of one combat system’

The Navy is working to decouple software from hardware and is developing decision aids to support the Integrated Combat System. → Read More

Undisclosed number of Ospreys grounded until clutch-related part fixed

An undisclosed number of V-22 Ospreys across three services will halt operations until a component tied to the engine is replaced. → Read More

Navy replaces troubled part on Ford carrier after test cancelation

Carrier Gerald Ford had to return to port in August when all four of its jet blast deflectors failed due to corroded parts. A new part is now in use. → Read More

Shipbuilding industry looks to 3D printing to accelerate pace

Additive manufacturing could build certain metal pieces more reliably, faster and in higher volume than traditional methods, Navy and industry leaders say. → Read More

Navy nears operational capability on LCS counter-mine mission package

The Navy conducted a final test in August and is awaiting the test and evaluation report before declaring IOC on the entire mine countermeasures package. → Read More

Workforce woes are top ‘strategic challenge’ for Navy, admiral says

Costs are rising throughout the Navy's shipbuilding budget: to train and recruit new workers, to bring in subcontractor support, and for materials. → Read More

Following deficiency, Marines add comms capability to ACV variant

The command and control ACVs originally lacked sufficient long-range secure communications, which has since been added as the vehicles enter fielding. → Read More

US Navy suspends work at four West Coast dry docks over seismic risks

Three dry docks at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and one at Trident Refit Facility Bangor will close immediately to allow for more study and mitigation work. → Read More

GAO concerned Columbia program may struggle to stay on schedule

GAO faults the Navy and DoD for not creating a proper schedule risk analysis in line with GAO best practices and DoD requirements. → Read More

Northrop Grumman makes play to add power, space on DDGs for weapons

A single power control system for multiple shipboard weapons would free up space and weight to allow for lasers and other new weapons, the company says. → Read More

Ingalls has solid workload, but needs clarity on future contracts

The Mississippi yard won't have a "lull" in work for several years, but it wants to shore up its future workload now to assure employees and suppliers. → Read More