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Sikorsky’s Defiant Prototype Registered With FAA As ‘S-100’ Before First Flight

In preparation for first flight later this year, Sikorsky registered the SB-1 Defiant with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which gave the experimental prototype the designation S-100. An FAA registry certificate was issued Aug. 2 for the coaxial-rotor Defiant, which is based on the smaller S-97 Raider that has already flown. Sikorsky confirmed to Defense […]

Greaves Outlines Missile Defense Space Sensor Layer

Huntsville, Ala. — The head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) this week broadly outlined how he sees a future missile defense space sensor layer could work on the heels of increased Congressional attention to improving U.S. missile defense sensors and their ability to help detect hypersonic weapons. The missile defense community has been “seriously” […]

Industry Officials Question Navy’s Approach To CHAMP Future Auxiliary Ships Program

Officials from several shipbuilding companies expressed concern Thursday that the Navy’s Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-mission Platform (CHAMP) effort to procure future auxiliary ships that would phase out legacy classes and encompass a wider range of requirements may be overlooking critical hull developments in industry. Representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII], General Dynamics [GD] NASSCO and […]

Analysts: Proposed Changes to Space Infrastructure ‘A Good Start’

The Pentagon is on the right track in its efforts to reorganize its sizable space infrastructure, but it is unclear whether the proposed Space Force can be stood up by 2020, and how it will be paid for, analysts said. The Defense Department, together with the White House, revealed Aug. 9 a proposed roadmap that […]

ODNI Sponsors Cyber Intelligence Study For U.S. Organizations

In order to identify best practices regarding how various U.S. organizations conduct cyber intelligence activities, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is sponsoring a survey seeking responses from these entities what will be compiled into a study. The survey and study are being done by the Emerging Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon […]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visits Defense Innovation Unit Experimental at Moffett Field, Calif., to deliver remarks at  DIUx May 11, 2016. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

Defense Innovation Unit No Longer an ‘Experiment’

The Pentagon has dropped the “experimental” portion of its Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental, indicating that the technology hub is here to stay. “As a testament to [the department’s] commitment to the importance of its mission, effective immediately, DIUx will be redesignated as the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU),” said a memo released by the Defense Department Aug. […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

New Command and Elite Force: Pentagon Reveals Steps to Space Force

The Defense Department has released a roadmap for the department to eventually stand up a sixth branch of the Armed Forces devoted specifically to space. Establishing a Space Force that would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard requires legislative approval. But the report, titled “Final report on Organizational […]

Royal Netherlands Navy De Zeven Provincien-class frigate. Photo: Royal Netherlands Navy

Alion Submits Final Proposal For Canadian Navy Ship

Alion Science and Technology on Thursday said its Canadian subsidiary submitted its final bid to the Canadian government for that country’s new warship program, which is worth between $42 billion and $46 billion for 15 ships. Alion, one of three bidders for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), is offering a solution based on the Dutch […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

Pentagon Officials: Starting Space-Based Interceptor Work And Space Sensors Necessary For Hypersonic Threat

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Top Pentagon officials said here on Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium that the Missile Defense Agency and Defense Department overall are working toward space-based missile interceptors while promoting a space sensor layer for both missile defenses and hypersonic defense The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Air Force […]

Army Accepting Proposals To Participate In 2019 Cyber Quest

The Army is accepting proposals to participate in its next Cyber Quest event in 2019 where industry participants will have an opportunity to present cyber and electronic warfare technologies in live and virtual demonstrations with soldiers. Officials at the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE) in Ft. Gordon in Georgia said Cyber Quest ‘19 will […]