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NAVSEA: LCS Modules Move From Chalkboard To Testing

A Navy official on Tuesday proclaimed the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) have transitioned from “chalkboard into test” mode. Mission Modules program manager Capt. Ted Zobel said the LCS mission modules development is in a good place during the annual Surface Navy Association symposium in Arlington, Va. The Navy is developing three kinds of…

RCOH Upgrades Sought For Gator Navy

Refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) upgrades for the 38 amphibious ships slated for the Gator Navy are necessary to get the service out of the cycle of "these national treasures not getting modernized," Marine Maj. Gen. David "Stretch" Coffman, the director of expeditionary warfare (N95), told the Surface Navy Association on Jan. 15. Such modernization…

HAC-D Member Calvert Selected as New Ranking Member

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) will be ranking member for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D) for the 116th Congress, his office said Tuesday. Calvert has served in the House since 1993. He was previously a member of the HAC-D subcommittee, serving as vice chairman in the 115th Congress. In a statement, Calvert said he looks…

Northrop Grumman Offering Soft-Kill APS To Army, Planning For Future Demos

Northrop Grumman [NOC] is looking to offer its soft-kill active protection system for Army vehicles with plans to participate in future demonstrations following a successful live-fire test in October, the company said Tuesday. Mike Meaney, Northrop Grumman’s vice president for advanced missions, told Defense Daily the company is offering its APS capability as a potential…

China's Expanding International Activities Have Implications For Power And Influence, DoD Says

China’s ongoing effort to expand its international presence economically and militarily has a number of implications for its power and influence, according to a new Pentagon report. “China’s expanding global activities…present military force posture, access, training, and logistics implications for the United States and China,” says the Congressional-mandated report, Assessment On U.S. Defense Implications Of…

FAA Seeks Input On Reducing Safety, Security Risks Of Small Drones In Airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday issued a draft rulemaking proposal seeking feedback from the public on ways to limit the public safety and national security risks of operating small drones in the national airspace. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking is another step by the FAA to improve the integration of small unmanned aircraft…

ULA Sets New Date for Delta IV Launch of NRO Payload

United Launch Alliance on Tuesday announced it had rescheduled a Delta IV Heavy launch carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office for Jan. 19. The launch, dubbed NROL-71, was previously scheduled to launch in December from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, but was scrubbed multiple times due to technical and weather conditions. The…

Army Releases RFI For Autonomous Cyber Defense Tools

The Army on Monday evening released a request for information notice to assess industry’s ability to provide artificial intelligence-based cyber defense tools needed to improve protection of its tactical network. CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD) expects the eventual solution to include a package of multiple AI technologies to deliver a range of autonomous…