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Defense Daily, Thursday, August 17, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 33

Cannon-Carrying Stryker Shines As Swift And Successful Army Acquisition Model

ABERDEEN TEST CENTER, Md. – Watching a Stryker punch 30mm holes through an armored truck at 1,000 yards, it is hard to believe the cannon-toting infantry vehicle was not much more than a PowerPoint presentation 18 months ago.Now, the infantry carrier vehicle “Dragoon” (ICVD) – as the Army has dubbed the upgunned Stryker – is…

Air Force Studying Possible Commercial Role For Surplus ICBM Motors

The U.S. Air Force plans to finish a study later this year on the potential impact of changing existing law to allow surplus intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors to be used on commercial space launches, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report Aug. 16While the Department of Defense and NASA use such…

Australia, Netherlands To Host F-35 Parts Warehouses

The U.S. Department of Defense has picked the Netherlands and Australia to host the European and Pacific warehouses that will store and distribute parts for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Lightning II, the program office announced Aug. 16.The Netherlands and Australia are slated to stand up their initial capabilities by September 2019 and October 2020,…

Newest UK Carrier Arrives At Home Port

The U.K.’s newest and largest naval craft, the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, arrived at its homeport of Portsmouth Wednesday during a ceremony.The carrier sailed to Portsmouth after completing training and sea trials in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland in June (Defense Daily, June 27). The Queen Elizabeth was under construction in…

CVN-69 Arrives At Norfolk For Maintenance Period

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) arrived at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) earlier this month in preparation for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) maintenance and upgrade period, the Navy said on Wednesday.The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier will have maintenance focused on nuclear special emphasis work as well as mechanical and electrical improvements.The PIA is…

Five Soldiers Missing After Black hawk Crash Offshore Of Hawaii

A UH-60 Black hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 16, prompting a search and rescue effort by the Army and Coast Guard that is ongoing.Two Army Black Hawks were conducting training flights about two miles offshore of Kaena Point on the island of Oahu, when communications to one of the aircraft…

Verizon To Build, Operate Private Network For Public Safety

Just as a national effort has begun rolling out for wireless broadband networks for use by first responders, Verizon Communications [VZ] on Wednesday said it plans to build and operate its own private network core dedicated to public safety communications.Verizon said its new public safety network, won’t require states to drop out of the fledging…

Florida Cyber Range Established For Education, Research And Training

The Univ. of West Florida (UWF) and Metova CyberCENTS have partnered to create the Florida Cyber Range that will be based on the company’s portfolio of cyber range simulators and be used for training and testing solutions for academic, government, military and commercial organizations.“The Florida Cyber Range provides a state-of-the-art environment to help cyber security…