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Defense Daily, Thursday, September 7, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 47

F-35 Program To Seek DoD Approval Of Upgrade Plan In October

The F-35 joint program office, which is developing a plan for future upgrades to the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built Lightning II, intends to present its proposal to senior Defense Department leaders in late October, the program’s leader said Sept. 6.The “follow-on modernization” proposal, which reflects “a new set of requirements,” will need the approval of Ellen…

Bell Completes Construction Of V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Prototype

Bell Helicopter has completed construction of its first V-280 advanced tiltrotor prototype that is being prepared to fly later this year.The V-280 Valor program has achieved 100 percent build completion on the prototype aircraft and is preparing for an initial ground run at the company’s Amarillo, Texas, assembly center.“We remain focused on providing exceptional flexibility…

Bossert Suggests 'National Power' Means Will Applied To Cyber Deterrence

The Trump administration’s approach to deterring bad behavior in cyberspace will probably center around more traditional means rather than using offensive cyber capabilities, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.In early August, a joint interagency report was due to the White House on “strategic options” for cyber security deterrence and to better protect the…

Ex-Air Force Secretary James Opposes Proposed Space Corps

Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James expressed opposition Sept. 6 to a House-passed proposal to create a space corps within the Air Force Department, saying the new organization would cause upheaval, erect new bureaucratic barriers and fail to fix the problems it is supposed to resolve.James, whose three-year tenure at the Air Force…

DoD, IC Officials Push Predictive Analysis And Insider Threat Policies To Protect Cyber Domain

The cyber resiliency of Department of Defense and intelligence community (IC) networks moving forward rests on re-organizing background checks for intelligence agents in order to eliminate the potential for insider threats, and creating effective policy to promote public-private partnerships to develop predictive analysis for potential threats to the domain, according to government and industry officials…

U.S. Commander: Afghan Air Force Living Up To U.S. Investment In Aircraft, Training

Validating the significant U.S. investment in aircraft and pilot training, the Afghan air force is becoming proficient at supporting its own ground troops in combat with only minimal guidance from U.S. personnel, according to a U.S. Army colonel recently returned from leading a brigade through a nine-month deployment to the war zone.“In southern Afghanistan, through…

Spencer Names Industry Members To Navy Strategic Readiness Panel

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer revealed four private industry players and one national lab as participants in a second Navy review on recent ship collisions.  Spencer said the Navy has reached out to companies “who have gone through various different meaningful events and come out the other side” for their perspective. The industry participants…

ManTech Opens Cyber Security Range For Training, Testing And Evaluating

Building on its experience in helping to develop and operate cyber ranges for government customers, ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday officially launched a new cyber security range to provide existing and new customers with a relatively rapid way to safely simulate their own networks for preparedness, training, testing and evaluation purposes.ManTech actually opened its “military-grade”…