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Pentagon to Increase Laser Missile Defense Funding, Griffin Says

The Pentagon's top R&D official said on Tuesday the department would push for more funding for missile defense laser research in future budgets.“In upcoming budgets for missile defense, you’re going to see a renewed emphasis on laser scaling across several technologies, because we feel we have to do that,” Under Secretary of Defense for Research…

Senate Coast Guard Policy Bill Tracks With House On Acquisition Efforts

Like the House version that passed earlier this year, the Senate’s Coast Guard Authorization Bill that is expected to be voted on Wednesday includes multi-year contracting authorities for major acquisition programs and the establishment of a land-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS).The bill authorizes the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and for 2019…

After Cyber Breaches, OPM Still Has Open Security Recommendations, GAO Warns

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which suffered cyber intrusions discovered in 2015 that compromised personnel records and files on background investigations of more than 25 million people, has implemented most of the Government Accountability Office’s 80 recommendations to strengthen its security posture but more than a third remain open, the auditing agency says in…

Army Briefs Industry On Electric Power Goals For Next-Gen Combat Vehicle

Army officials held a forum earlier this month to ensure its all-electric requirement for its fleet of future combat vehicles aligns with industry’s ability to enable the use of laser weapons and meet a 10 percent increase in fuel savings.Industry representatives had an opportunity on Nov. 1 to provide feedback to officials from the Army’s…

Boeing Awarded $70 Million Minuteman III Contract Modification

Boeing [BA] has been awarded a $70.5 million contract modification for the Air Force’s Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) flight test, telemetry and termination program, the Defense Department said Nov. 13.The modification changes the “specifications for the parts management plan, flight termination receiver, electromagnetic interference, cable qualification requirements, and antenna testing requirements,” according to…

McSally Loses Arizona Senate Race, But Could Still End Up in Upper Chamber

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) on Monday conceded defeat to her fellow lawmaker, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), in the race to fill retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat. But the Air Force veteran may still end up back on the Hill come January.With the winner declared nearly a week after the Nov. 6 midterm elections and…

SASC Cyber Subcommittee Chair Stuck in Florida Recount Battle

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is supporting a recount in the Nov. 6 race for his Senate seat that left him trailing current Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott by less than half a percentage point.Speaking on Capitol Hill Nov. 13 with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Nelson, the number-two Democrat on the Senate Armed Services…

Army Contracts Rockwell Collins to Upgrade Chinook Avionics on Five-Year Deal

The Army has contracted Rockwell Collins [COL] to upgrade the common avionics architecture system (CAAS) on its CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. Boeing [BA] is the prime contractor for the CH-47.Under a five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity deal with the Army Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center, Rockwell Collins will be responsible for upgrades and repair of the CAAS…

German Lawmakers Questioning Readiness of Military Equipment

The German federal parliament is questioning the combat readiness of military equipment, including A400 military transport aircraft, Tiger attack helicopters and NH90 multi-role helicopters delivered to Germany's armed forces, or Bundeswehr.A Report on the Operational Readiness of the Bundeswehr Primary Weapons Systems by Hans-Peter Bartels, the Bundestag' s military commissioner, earlier this year found a…

Bristow Group to Add Defense Work To Profile With Planned Buy of Columbia Helicopters

Bristow Group on Nov. 9 said it has signed a $560 million acquisition of Oregon-based, privately held Columbia Helicopters--a planned buy that will significantly increase Bristow Group's defense operations.On the defense side, Columbia is a a Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB)-certified operator, a designation that allows the company to provide outsourced military transport. Columbia has provided…