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Capitol Hill Report – May 15th, 2017

Trump Launches Tirade Against New Carriers' 'No Good' Electromagnetic Aircraft Launchers

President Donald Trump in a recent interview with Time magazine said the Navy should jettison the electromagnetic aircraft launchers on its new carriers in favor of outdated steam-powered catapults.In the interview published Thursday, Trump recalls visiting the USS Gerald Ford – the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier and the first of an all-new class of ship –…

Army To Double Power Of Stryker-Mounted Laser After Counter-UAS Experiments

At a recent experimental exercise at Fort Sill, Okla., Staff Sgt. Eric Davis of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division shot down at least a dozen unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the interior of a Stryker Wheeled Vehicle.What makes his marksmanship unique is that Davis used a 5kw laser to down the simulated enemy drones, of…

Air Force Expects FY 2018 Budget To Continue Funding Improved Satellite Resiliency

The U.S. Air Force, which has strived in recent years to make its satellites more resilient to potential attack, expects to receive funding in the Trump administration’s upcoming fiscal year 2018 budget request to continue those efforts, service officials said May 9.“I think what you’ll see in the budget is measured steps across the enterprise…

Raytheon Wins $327 Million Initial Production Contract For AMDR

The U.S. Navy on May 1 awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $327 million fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract modification option to produce the first three low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) units.In exercising the LRIP option, the contract also includes non-recurring engineering efforts in support of production.The AMDR SPY-6 is a Gallium…

Trump Issues Cyber Security Order With Multiple Themes

Months later than originally planned, President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a long awaited directive on cyber security that among other things directs agency heads to be accountable for the security of their networks, the adoption of shared information technology services and consolidated networks across the federal enterprise, actions by stakeholders to strengthen networks against…

DoD, DHS Enhance Interoperability Between Respective Biometric Databases

The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security last week both turned on new applications that will enhance interoperability between their respective authoritative repositories of biometric records that are used to deprive anonymity to known and suspected terrorists in war zones and help keep terrorists and criminals from entering the United States.Up until last week there…