Energy crisis outweighed Orange County oil platform concerns | Los Angeles Times


The red flags came early.

Selling offshore leases for oil drilling in the middle of shipping lanes seemed reckless. Building a complex of oil platforms just off the Orange County coast was an invitation to disaster.

But the green light was given, and in the late 1970s, Shell Oil Co. proceeded, eventually raising three towering edifices in the middle of a nautical highway leading to two of the busiest ports in the world.

Maritime officials tried to stop construction of the platforms, according to documents reviewed by The Times. They raised warnings of possible disaster in the event that a ship collided with one of them and ignited the oil and hydrocarbons coursing through a circuit of wells and pipes.

Source: Energy crisis outweighed Orange County oil platform concerns – Los Angeles Times

This coastal gas plant explains California’s energy problems | Los Angeles Times


When the California Public Utilities Commission recommended 17 months ago that a gas-fired power plant on the Redondo Beach waterfront remain open beyond 2020 — over the objections of local officials and clean energy activists — Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves made a commitment to the city’s mayor.

“I pledge to you, Mayor Brand, that I will never support a further extension,” she said.

Now it looks like that promise will be put to the test.

Source: This coastal gas plant explains California’s energy problems – Los Angeles Times

DARPA Hopes A Plane-Boat Hybrid Can Solve The Pentagon’s Sealift Challenge | Breaking Defense


The Pentagon’s premiere research agency published a request for information earlier this month eyeing a new class of aircraft capable of utilizing the “wing-in-ground” effect. But analysts tell Breaking Defense the military’s request, on a relatively short turnaround time, will be a difficult for the industrial base to oblige — and worry that the system might not be viable for more than short trips.

“This is a very hard ask,” Mark Montgomery, a retired rear admiral and now a senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said of the request for information, which set a one-month turnaround time for industry to respond.

Source: DARPA Hopes A Plane-Boat Hybrid Can Solve The Pentagon’s Sealift Challenge – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Navy Poised To Issue RFP For Afloat Network Overhaul | Breaking Defense


The Navy will soon publish a competitive solicitation for the program of record that seeks to overhaul the service’s afloat networks — and provide multiple contractors a chance at a 10-year long contract to help upkeep the fleet’s infrastructure at sea.

The service, according to an Aug. 16 public notice, will issue its request for proposals later this year and host a full-and-open competition for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services’ full deployment contract. Also called CANES, the program is the backbone of the Navy’s efforts to modernize the afloat C4I and cybersecurity systems onboard its ships.

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