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SpaceX Delays Crew Dragon’s First Flight To August

SpaceX has delayed the first two flights of its new Crew Dragon spacecraft by several months because the company's development work needs more time, a NASA official said Jan. 17.Crew Dragon, which SpaceX is developing to transport astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, will now have its first unmanned flight…

Army Wants Tenfold Increase In Combat System Capability

In pursuing its modernization goals, the Army wants bullets, tanks, radios and rifles that are up to 10 times as capable as the gear it currently fields.The Army wants leap-ahead technologies and platforms that will allow it to “shoot, move, communicate, protect and sustain” an extended land-based campaign against a technologically sophisticated foe, Chief of…

Textron And U.S. Navy To Test Offensive Weapons On Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Textron [TXT] and the U.S. Navy have agreed to develop and integrate new offensive and other payloads on the company’s unmanned surface vehicle, the company told Defense Daily in an interview last week.The company signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) at the end of 2017,…

Raytheon Wins $600 Million Missile Defense Test Contract

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth up to a maximum of $642 million to conduct ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) test activities for radar platforms, the Defense Department said last Friday.The test activities will include planning, executing, and analyzing sensor performance in missile defense flight tests and ground tests…

State Department Okays $500 Million Patriot Support Deal With Saudi Arabia

The State Department has approved a possible $500 million deal with Saudi Arabia to provide continued support for the country’s Patriot missile defense systems. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Wednesday of the foreign military sale (FMS).Saudi Arabia has requested continued assistance and support for its Patriot Legacy Field Surveillance Program (FSP),…

House Passes Bill Requiring State Department To Reopen Cyber Diplomacy Office

The House unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday to reopen a cyber diplomacy office at the State Department which was shuttered under Secretary Rex Tillerson’s department reorganization.The Cyber Diplomacy Act, sponsored by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), requires the department to establish an Ambassador for Cyberspace position to lead the office’s effort to…

Booz Allen Hamilton Receives $165 Million Deal To Support Cyber Command

Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] has received a five-year, $165 million contract to provide support services to U.S. Cyber Command. Under the deal, Booz Allen will assist Cyber Command with planning and policy support, as well as training and command administrative assistance.“Today, the tools and technology needed to carry out a large-scale cyber-attack are getting cheaper…

W88 Warhead Upgrade Nailed Final Design Review, NNSA Says

A civil-military panel approved designs for an upgrade of the W88 nuclear ballistic missile warhead carried aboard U.S. submarines, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Jan. 16.Panel members, drawn from within and outside of the Department of Energy agency, approved system-level designs for the W88’s upgraded arming, fuzing, and firing (AF&F) subsystem on Dec.…

Commerce Agency, Energy Sector Collaborating On Cyber Protections

A Commerce Department agency, energy sector and technology providers are partnering in a new initiative aimed at finding solutions for protecting critical assets used in the generation, transmission and distribution of power.The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), part of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, has initiated a new project, Energy Sector Asset Management, that…

Senate Advances Controversial Surveillance Bill To Final Vote

The Senate voted Tuesday to limit debate and advance a bill renewing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) warrantless surveillance program for another six years.The procedural vote passed by a slim margin of 60 to 38, receiving votes across party lines to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.The legislation offers minimal changes…