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As DHS Mulls Biometric Exit Solutions, MorphoTrust Recommends Multimodal Approach

With the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) soon expected to begin laboratory testing of vendor and technologies as part of an effort to implement a biometric exit program for foreign nationals departing the U.S. by plane, identity solutions provider MorphoTrust is recommending that the government incorporate face and iris recognition along with the expected fingerprint […]


WidePoint Corp. [WYY] has received a one-year $2.3 million task order from the Federal Protective Service under a Department of Homeland Security contract for cellular services. The task order is the first for WidePoint under the potential $600 million Cellular Wireless Managed Services Blanket Purchase Agreement, for which the company’s subsidiary iSYS LLC was the […]

Rear Adm. Lewis speaking at Defense Daily's open architecture conference last year. Photo by Dana Rene, special to Defense Daily.

Navy Shuffling Acquisition Commands; Rear. Adm. Lewis To Head SPAWAR

The Navy said Monday that Rear Adm. David Lewis, the program executive officer for ships at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), has been selected to become the chief of Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR). Other changes announced by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert included Rear Adm. David […]


Defense Watch

  Coast Guard sUAS Funding. There is no funding in FY ’14 and none is requested in FY ’15 for the Coast Guard’s eventual small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), the service tells Defense Daily via an email response to questions. The Coast Guard is developing an acquisition plan for the sUAS and the eventual Request […]

The Marine Corps' seabasing construct revolves around a variety of amphibious ships, Military Sealift Command ships and aircraft to move people and goods from the sea to shore for operations.

Marines’ Expeditionary Force 21 Concept Suggests Some MSC Ship Upgrades

The Marine Corps’ new Expeditionary Force 21 capstone concept calls for alternative platforms to supplement amphibious ships in both seabasing as well as responding to crises, and the solution to that may include a new mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship, command and control upgrades to the Joint High Speed Vessel or even additional […]

F-35 Flying At RIAT, Farnborough

The F-35 short takeoff and vertical landing (STOLV) variant will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show, according to the British Ministry of Defence (MoD). RIAT is open to the public July 11-13 while Farnborough is open to trade […]

U.K. Apache Flies 50,000 Hours On Operations In Afghanistan

The British Army’s Apache attack helicopters, built by Boeing [BA], operated by the Army Air Corps, flew their 50,000 hour on operation in Afghanistan recently the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said. This represents a third of all U.K. Apache flying, a huge proportion of the total, MoD said April 14. Apache helicopters have been conducting […]

General Dynamics Canada To Add New Sonar Capabilities To Portuguese Navy Frigates

General Dynamics Canada [GD] April 14 said it is installing an adjunct processing system on three Vasco da Gama-class frigates of the Portuguese Navy. Designed by General Dynamics Canada, the Eclipse adjunct processor provides the in-service AN/SQS-510 sonar systems with enhanced operational capability to detect submarines and torpedoes, the company said in a statement. “General […]

Saab, ThyssenKrupp Sign MoU On Acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, and Saab AB  April 14 signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the sale of the Swedish shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (formerly named Kockums) with operations in Malmö, Karlskrona and Muskö to Saab AB. ThyssenKrupplogoBoth parties agree that during the negotiations phase the integrity […]

Blumenthal Excludes RD-180 From Call To End Military Purchases From Russia

A key lawmaker’s call to halt all buys of military equipment from Russia does not include the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine used in United States national security space launches, sister publication Defense Daily has learned. Senate Armed Services Airland subcommittee Chairman Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Wednesday during an Army modernization hearing he was preparing a […]