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Defense Daily, Monday, September 11, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 49

Defense Watch

F-35 Acquisition. Navy Vice Adm. Mat Winter, the new head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, says he is pursuing “agile acquisition principles” to speed up improvements to the stealthy jet. “Our solicitation process in the F-35 enterprise is on the verge of acquisition malpractice,” he says. “It takes way too long to get…

Congress Passes CR To Keep Government Open Till Early December

With Congress running out of time to finish its 12 annual appropriations bills before fiscal year 2018 begins Oct. 1, lawmakers have approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Department of Defense and other government agencies running until Dec. 8.The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 601) Sept. 7 by an 80-17 vote, and the House…

GAO Finds 37 Percent Of Japan-Based Destroyer/Cruiser Warfare Certifications Are Expired

In testimony before members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) lastThursday, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official explained that his office found 37 percent of warfare certifications for U.S. cruiser and destroyer crews based in Japan had expired.John Pendleton, the director of Defense Force Structure and Readiness Issues at the GAO, said that this…

Navy Conducts Third Successful AMDR Test

The Navy last week said it successfully conducted a third air and ballistic missile defense flight test set with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) on Thursday off the west coast of Hawaii.This test, called Vigilant Talon, started when a short-range ballistic missile target and multiple air-to-surface cruise missile targets were launched simultaneously.…

Army Enlists IBM's Watson To Streamline Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance

In renewing its deal with IBM [IBM] for could computing services, the Army plans to enlist the company’s Watson artificial intelligence to gather and analyze data directly from combat vehicles and use the information to streamline maintenance schedules.A continuation of the Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), the $135 million contract represents a 33-month extension of…

Senate Appropriations Bill Blocks Closing Of State Cyber Office

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $51 billion spending bill with stipulations to appease concerns over a potential State Department reorganization effort by blocking the use of funds for a move that would eliminate the department’s cyber diplomacy office.The committee approved the FY 2018 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill on Thursday. The legislation…

Sales, Earnings Dip Slightly At SAIC In Second Quarter

Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC] last Thursday posted a slight dip on both sales and net income in its second quarter as revenue declined on contract completions, a contract loss, and reduced work on some contracts.Net income in the quarter was down 3 percent to $36 million, 80 cents earnings per share (EPS), from $37…

U.S. Navy Response And Preparation For Hurricane Irma

U.S. Northern Command  (NORTHCOM) and the Navy are supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to Hurricane Irma as it moves through the Caribbean towards Florida by deploying multiple vessels.The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday, which were previously hit by the storm, and medium and heavy…

House Committee Passes Homeland Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee last Thursday unanimously approved four bills related to cyber, supply chain, border and aviation security. The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in our Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 3101) directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop and execute a cyber security risk assessment model for the maritime community. The…

HASC Members See Forward Deploying Forces Contributing To DDG Collisions

Members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on Thursday pushed two high-level Navy officials over recent ship collisions and how forward deploying forces in part contributed to recent mishaps in the Seventh Fleet area of operations this year.At a joint hearing of the Seapower and Projection Forces and Readiness subcommittees, Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Rob…