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Defense Daily, Friday, September 8, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 48

Lack Of Common Architecture Lengthens Ground Time For Army Choppers Getting Upgrades

When the Army buys new gear for its helicopters, the acquisition community and industry view it as adding capability to an existing platform, but actually integrating new sensors and weapons often grounds fleets that are in high operational demand.Without government-defined standard architectures, emerging technologies often require extensive rewiring to mount on legacy aircraft, said Maj.…

NASA To Seek Industry Bids For Landing Small Lunar Payloads

NASA is gearing up to request industry proposals for using robotic landers to place small payloads on the moon, an agency official said Sept. 7.“We’re preparing for the solicitation as we speak,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division, who testified at a lunar-exploration hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology…

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane Starts Fifth Mission

The U.S. Air Force launched the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission Sept. 7.Dodging Hurricane Irma, the Boeing [BA]-built unmanned reusable spaceplane lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at about 10 a.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The X-37B hosts the Air Force Research Laboratory’s second Advanced Structurally…

Navy To Issue Heavy Lift Task Order To Transport DDG-56 To Japan

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said Wednesday it intends to issue a task order for the salvage patching and heavy lift transport of the damaged USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) to a naval facility in Japan.In August, DDG-56, an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer, collided with a commercial vessel near the Straights of Malacca and Singapore…

FBI, NSA Directors Push Reauthorization of FISA Section 702, Elimination of Insider Threats

The directors of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI affirmed their support for a foreign surveillance provision that allows for the targeted collection of information on non-U.S. citizens located outside of the country and both pledged a common goal to eliminate insider threats in their organizations at a national intelligence summit on Thursday.…

CIA Closely Examining Artificial Intelligence But Not Ready To Buy In, Official Says

The CIA has more than 100 ongoing pilot projects involving the use of artificial intelligence (AI) but isn’t ready to adopt the technology to help with decision-making applications until it is better understands why the technology comes up with the outputs it does, according to an agency official.“And so, one of the things that I…