The $43 million deal is for the “fabrication, test, and delivery of four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles.” Boeing unmanned sub, known as Echo Voyager, is now being jointly developed with shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls. The unmanned submarine market could become a disruptive segment, according to Cowen and Company analyst Roman Schweizer writes in a Feb. 19 note to investors. “We think it’s notable that Boeing, an aerospace company, won the program,” he wrote. “It’s even more significant when considering that Leidos is building the Navy’s Sea Hunter and Textron is building the Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle. Why? Because they’re not traditional shipbuilders, but then again these aren’t large ships and submarines. If these unmanned programs are successful, it could mark a shift within the industrial base. We’re not suggesting an end to large, expensive ships and submarines at all. But it could create new budget, force structure and market dynamics within the shipbuilding sector.”



A new stay on proceedings was ordered by U.S. Court of Federal Claims Senior Judge Eric Bruggink I in the legal battle between Oracle and the Pentagon over its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract.  New information about conflicts of interest surfaced.  The Pentagon will review during the stay whether conflicts had impacts on the integrity of the procurement.  The government’s unopposed motion was granted to stay this case.

Judge Bruggink’s order suggests that the Defense Department could thoroughly re-review whether two people Oracle alleges shaped the procurement in AWS’ favor actually did so.  Oracle alleges AWS created a conflict of interest when it rehired employee Deap Ubhi in November 2017 after Ubhi spent close to two years working for the Pentagon—including on the JEDI contract—within its Defense Digital Service. Oracle alleges that Ubhi, who publicly described himself on Twitter as an “Amazonian” while still working for the Pentagon in January 2017, had significant influence in shaping the JEDI acquisition.

The Pentagon acknowledged Ubhi worked on the JEDI contract for seven weeks, but stated his role was limited and that the key acquisition decisions were made after Ubhi left. Ubhi recused himself from JEDI-related work in October 2017, one month before he was rehired at AWS, according to legal filings. The filings indicate the Pentagon called Oracle’s allegations a “broad fishing expedition” and said its contracting officer found no conflicts of interest regarding Ubhi during her investigation.

White fell into his culinary career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. on Sept. 11, a few months after graduation. “Something came over me, and I felt like ‘I’m going to join the military.’ … The only thing I qualified for was a cook.”  He turned out to love the Navy.  He learned to make turkey a la king, Salisbury steak and mac and cheese for 600 to 700 sailors. He cooked for enlisted personnel at first but was soon promoted to making food for high-ranking enlisted sailors, then officers and the captain himself.  He traveled to Mexico, the home of his wife and fell in love with ceviche and became a self-proclaimed “ceviche geek”   Being on “Top Chef” made white a national brand and he appeared on Top Chef Season 13.

By the way, ceviche is one of my favorite foods and not only delicious with a kick but healthy.  I encourage all to try it.  In fact, I think I am having a craving for it right now.  – Debbie Gregory


The act would provide cost-of-living increases for a long list of compensations like wartime disability and dependency and indemnity compensation to children.

U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, introduced a bill to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.   The bill, the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act, would provide cost-of-living increases for wartime disability compensation; compensation for dependents; clothing allowance; dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses; and dependency and indemnity compensation to children.

Any increases would start on December 1.


Two Army deals worth a total of $575 million for Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles “mark the beginning of low-rate production for the highly mobile, survivable, multipurpose vehicle designed to meet the mission of the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams,” according to BAE Systems, the company that makes the AMPV. The Marine Corps awarded General Dynamics $37.2 million for 60 hardware kits to reset its Light Armored Vehicles. “The hardware kit addresses key obsolescence and readiness issues and consists of a modern powerpack, driveline system, driver’s instrument panel and a new turret slip ring,” the company said.