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Defense Daily, Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 42

MDA Looking Into Common Boost Vehicle For Midcourse Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is beginning to start market research to explore the possibility of using a next-generation Common Boost Vehicle (CBV) for its Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors, according to an Aug. 25 request for information (RFI).The RFI, posted to FedBizOpps, is looking at the possibility of delivering the new vehicle by 2024.…

Northrop Grumman Eyes Improved Object Detection For Air Force Joint STARS

Northrop Grumman [NOC], the prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), is looking to improve the ability of the ground-surveillance aircraft to detect “smaller objects,” a company official said Aug. 29.Advances in computer technology are making it possible for Northrop Grumman to tap previously underused capability…

Military Surveillance Aircraft To Aid Hurricane Harvey Operations

The U.S. military plans to deploy a mix of fixed-wing and rotary-wing surveillance aircraft to aid the search for victims of Hurricane Harvey, a National Guard official said Aug. 29.The fixed-wing Fairchild RC-26 will conduct such missions over Houston, as will rotorcraft equipped with sensors to perform information awareness and assessment, said Air Force Maj.…

Tillerson Details Plan To Shut Down State Cyber Office

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is moving forward with the elimination of his department’s office in charge of promoting U.S. cyber diplomacy abroad, according to a letter sent Monday to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)In the letter, Tillerson detailed a reorganization plan which includes dissolving the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator…

GSA Issues New Task Order Request For DHS Cyber Security Program

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Aug. 22 issued a new task order request as part of a cyber security program managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that helps federal civilian agencies enhance their cyber defenses.The task order request applies to all four phases of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program with…

Raytheon's Forcepoint Cyber Company Acquires Behavior Analytics Firm RedOwl

Raytheon’s [RTN] Forcepoint company on Monday said it has acquired a cyber security firm that focuses on human behaviors, a deal that Forcepoint said complements its own human-centric approach to cyber security.Terms of the deal for Maryland-based RedOwl were not disclosed. The Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday that Red Owl has about 60 employees.RedOwl’s technology…

NNSA Reveals New Flight Tests For B61-12

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Monday revealed it tested components of the B61-12 gravity bomb it is developing as part of the U.S. nuclear modernization effort.The two qualification flights took place Aug. 8 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, the NNSA said in a press release published on its website. An Air…

Real-time Casualty-Count Gear Validated For JLTV Test

Ravenswood Solutions was awarded a contract to provide its “FlexTrain” instrumentation for a real-time casualty assessment (RTCA) communications network characterization at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.The event will evaluate instrumentation to be used during the larger Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) multi-service operational test and evaluation (MOT&E) scheduled for early…

ViaSat To Provide Cyber Security Software For Tactical C4I Devices

ViaSat [VSAT] is building on its proprietary cyber security software capabilities with a new government contract to protect military wearable device platforms for tactical use in the battlefield.The California-based communications company announced Aug. 28 it will provide its Mobile Dynamic Defense (MDD) software to aid the cyber resiliency of the platforms on the military’s Tactical…