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Final Bids in On LANL Contract, UC Says

The University of California submitted its best and final offer to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next decade, a spokesperson for the institution said Friday. “It’s my understanding that all teams have submitted their final bids at this time,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to sister publication Weapons Complex Morning Briefing. […]

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note: A story in the April 24 edition of Defense Daily reported, based on official remarks released by the Pentagon, the first use the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) during the recent strike in Syria. The Pentagon later clarified that the JASSMs used in the strike were the baseline version, […]

MDA Tests THAAD And Patriot Interoperability

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Army jointly successfully tested a missile defense tracking exercise the week of April 1 to demonstrate the interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems. The April 6 test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was a simulated engagement of a live short-range […]

Greaves Sees F-35 Helping Missile Defense, Hypersonic Threat Coming From Iran And North Korea

The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) told Congress the week of April 8 that he sees F-35 aircraft helping aid missile defense activities in the six to seven-year timeframe, albeit mostly for sensor tracking. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves said he sees deployed systems like the […]

Senate OKs Rep. Bridenstine To Lead NASA

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA’s 13th administrator April 19, ending a months-long stalemate over his controversial nomination. The 50-49 party-line vote came a day after the Senate voted, 50-48, to limit debate on the nomination. It also came three days after Vice President Mike Pence, while speaking at the 34th Space […]

Air Force To Launch Communications Relay Satellite

The U.S. Air Force announced April 6 that it plans to launch a new communications-relay satellite as part of a multi-payload mission later in April. The Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) satellite, which is intended for geosynchronous orbit, will continuously relay data from existing military communications satellites to support senior leaders and combatant commanders, Air […]

White House Finalizing New Policy On Space Traffic Management

The Trump administration is putting the finishing touches on a new space traffic management policy designed to protect U.S. national security and commercial spacecraft amid growing congestion in space, Vice President Mike Pence announced April 16. The National Space Council, which Pence chairs, will soon send the proposed policy to President Donald Trump for his […]

DoD’s Griffin Eyes Using Directed Energy For Space-Based Missile Defense

Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin said April 17 that he wants to field a megawatt-class, directed energy (DE) device in space by the late 2020s to protect the United States against hostile long-range missiles. And “within a few years,” he wants to have a 100-kilowatt-class laser that can be deployed on an Army Stryker vehicle […]

Defense Watch: HASC Markups, WH Cyber Report, Navy Review

Markups Begin. Congressional markups of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill begin at the House Armed Services Committee on April 26. The committee’s six subcommittees will take up the legislation, starting with readiness at 9 a.m., emerging threats and capabilities at 10 a.m., military personnel at 11 a.m., tactical air and land forces at […]

Texas A&M Team Files ‘Best and Final’ Offer on LANL Contract

The bid team that includes Texas A&M University has submitted its final offer on a contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next 10 years, a university spokesperson said Thursday. “Best and final have been submitted and we believe NNSA [the National Nuclear Security Administration] will announce an award in the May […]