Navy smart ship enters new phase

The Navy released a request for proposals for its technologically advanced

DD-21 Land Attack Destroyer on Sept. 14.

The revolutionary warships will be equipped with enough sensors, intelligent

devices and advanced computers to rapidly detect and eliminate fires and

other emergencies, Navy officials have said.

The secretary of the Navy announced the RFP release for Phase 3 through

Phase 5 for continued development for the destroyer. Phase 3 includes the

completion of the ship's design, Phase 4 includes detail design and construction,

and Phase 5 involves engineering and life-cycle support.

Two competing contractor teams have recently completed development of

their preliminary designs, and the just-released RFP will be used to select

one contractor team early next year.

Technical management proposals are due Nov. 15, cost proposals on Dec.


"Entering the fleet at the end of this decade, DD-21 will usher in the

Navy's newest class of destroyers," according to a written announcement

published by the Navy. "Armed with an array of land attack weapons and other

advanced shipboard technologies, DD-21 will be capable of delivering an

unprecedented level of offensive firepower from the sea in support of joint

and coalition forces operating ashore."


  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

  • Comment
    Pilot Class. The author and Barbie Flowers are first row third and second from right, respectively.

    How VA is disrupting tech delivery

    A former Digital Service specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs explains efforts to transition government from a legacy "project" approach to a more user-centered "product" method.

  • Cloud
    cloud migration

    DHS cloud push comes with complications

    A pressing data center closure schedule and an ensuing scramble to move applications means that some Homeland Security components might need more than one hop to get to the cloud.

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.