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SOUTHCOM Head Pushes Area As AI Testbed, Dealing With Russia/China Competition

The head of Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is advocating his forces as a place to test new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning while separately dealing with increasing military sales competition from Russian and China. SOUTHCOM does not often get much attention in defense strategy or budgets, but commander Adm. Kurt Tidd is arguing […]

French Services Firm Capgemini To Acquire Leidos’ Commercial Cyber Business

France’s Capgemini on June 7 said it has agreed to acquire the commercial cyber security services business from Leidos [LDOS], which will continue to provide cyber solutions to its government customers. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close later in 2018, were not disclosed. Capgemini, which provides professional and consulting services, said the pending acquisition will complement […]

Defense Watch

B-1s Grounded. The Air Force grounded its B-1B bomber fleet June 7, citing an “issue with ejection seat components.” The service said it found the problem while investigating a B-1B’s recent emergency landing in Midland, Texas. “As these issues are resolved, aircraft will return to flight,” the Air Force said. The “stand-down” announcement came days […]

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

House Appropriators Match Authorizers To Fund Three LCS

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill funds 12 Navy ships at $22.7 billion, including three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). This is nearly a billion dollars more than the Navy’s FY ’19 shipbuilding budget request of $21.9 billion (Defense Daily, Feb. 12). The appropriations panel released the subcommittee draft on Wednesday before […]

Defense Watch: SBIRS, Griffin Testimony, Cyber Threat, New CG Commandant

Missile Warning. The Air Force, which recently decided to pursue a more defendable successor to its missile-warning Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites, continues to explore what the new spacecraft will look like, according to Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, head of Air Force Space Command. But how the Air Force will make the Next-Generation Overhead […]

Senate Panel Votes To Block F-35 Transfers To Turkey

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has approved a proposal to block the transfer of F-35s to Turkey and ultimately end that country’s participation in the U.S.-led fighter jet program. The measure, an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, would keep the transfer prohibition in place until the Department of Defense gives Congress a […]

Boeing Adds $26 Million To Saudi CH-47F Sales Contract

Boeing [BA] has sealed a $26 million deal with Saudi Arabia for eight CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters, adding to the contracts the company has inked with the Royal Saudi Land Forces under a multi-billion-dollar foreign military sales program. On May 25, the U.S. Army awarded Boeing the $26 million contract for eight new-build Chinooks in […]

Boeing Optimistic For More International Super Hornet Sales

Boeing’s [BA] leader for the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft is optimistic that the company will see more international interest in F/A-18 Super Hornets. In a press event on May 23, Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler programs, said the company anticipates deliveries of F/A-18 E/Fs to Kuwait […]

UK Nears Completion Of First Defense Space Strategy

The United Kingdom is drafting its first defense space strategy and intends to unveil it this summer, citing growing threats to its space operations. The strategy, which Gavin Williamson, the UK’s defense secretary, recently announced at the first-ever UK defense space conference in London, “will set out plans to protect UK operations against emerging space-based […]

The Navy's test of the NSM on a Littoral Combat Ship last year. Photo: US Navy

Raytheon Awarded $15 Million Over-The-Horizon Missile Contract

The Navy on Thursday awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $15 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Over-the-Horizon (OTH) missile program for use on Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and the future guided-missile frigate (FFG(X). The Navy released its request for proposals (RFP) for the OTM program last year and it closed last June. A Raytheon-Kongsberg Gruppern team was […]