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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a press conference at the 2018 AUSA conference. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Moving At Least $25 Billion In Future Funding To Modernization Priorities

Top Army leadership has identified at least $25 billion in proposed funding over the next five years that it plans to shift from equipment items to its top modernization and readiness priorities, with the number expected to grow as officials begin assessing lower tier manning and training priorities. Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at […]

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch. 
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

State Department Approves Bahrain Missile Systems Purchase, Aircraft Deals With Iraq, Canada

The State Department announced Thursday it has approved deals to sell Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary Rocket Pods and Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) Unitary missiles to Bahrain, Bell [TXT] 407GX helicopters to Iraq and King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada. Bahrain has purchased 120 GMLRS M31 unitary rocket pods, equipped with 720 rockets, […]

Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. Krebs would lead the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Senate Passes Bill To Operationalize DHS Cyber Protection Agency

The Senate Wednesday evening passed a bill to operationalize the Department of Homeland Security’s main cyber security unit as the agency looks to continue improving election security and critical infrastructure protection efforts against growing cyber threats. The bill renames DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and […]

Ethical hackers participate in the Hack the Marine Corps bug bounty program. Photo: HackerOne.

Marine Corps Ethical Hacking Program Discovers 150 Network Security Flaws

Hackers participating in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program found 150 unique vulnerabilities in the Marine Corps’ public-facing websites, officials said Wednesday. The Pentagon paid out $150,000 to ethical hackers as part of the Hack the Marine Corps program to find potential areas of exploitation in the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. “Hack the Marine Corps […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Nielsen: More Funding For States, NPPD Reorganization Bill Needed To Ensure Election Security

The lead official for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday she is urging state election officials to push Congress for increased election security funding and calling on the Senate to pass a long-standing bill to operationalize a cyber protection office in the department before the year’s end. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told attendees at […]

A visualization of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)

Northrop Grumman Receives $289 Million For IBCS Upgrades, Looking At 2020 LRIP Decision

The Army has awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $289 million deal to continue work on the company’s next-generation missile defense command platform, including critical operations center and software upgrades, with the goal of reaching a potential low-rate initial production decision in 2020, officials said Monday. Northrop is tasked with upgrading its Integrated Air and Missile […]

M109A7 Paladin. Photo: U.S. Army

BAE Systems Receives $216 Million M109A7 Howitzer Order Following Army Secretary’s Facility Inspection

BAE Systems has received a $216 million contract modification to deliver the latest round of M109A7 howitzers, following an inspection led by the Army secretary last month at the company’s facility in York, Pa., to address welding concerns with the system. The Pentagon announced the Army’s fourth low-rate initial production order on Sept. 28 for […]

Soldier in Army's Security Force Assistance Brigade uses Thales' IMBITR radio. Photo: Thales.

Thales Receives 10-Year Army Deal To Join Harris In Delivering Two-Channel Leader Radios

Thales has received a 10-year contract to deliver the first two-channel handheld radios for Army battlefield communications under the Leader Radio program, the company said on Thursday. The Army has placed an initial order for 1,540 of Thales’ AN/PRC-148C IMBITR radios, which will be delivered under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract alongside Harris [HRS] […]

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Navy Awards CSRA $96 Million For Commercial Cloud Services

The Navy on Wednesday awarded CSRA, a General Dynamics [GD] Information Technology subsidiary, a $96 million contract to utilize the company’s commercial cloud services. The one-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) includes four potential one-year follow-up options as the Navy looks to begin implementing its multi-cloud strategy to bring in a range of vendors needed to […]

State Department Approves $330 Million Deal With Taiwan For Military Aircraft Spare Parts

The State Department has approved a potential $330 million deal to provide Taiwan with spare parts for its military aircraft fleet, including F-16s, C-130s, F-5s and Indigenous Defense Fighters. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the foreign military sales order (FMSO) II request from Taiwan on September 24. TECRO requested to receive funds […]