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Defense Daily, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 51

Air Force Rethinking JSTARS Replacement

The U.S. Air Force, which has been preparing to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a modified civil jet, has begun exploring whether a different approach might be more effective in highly contested environments.Any changes in the acquisition plan could be reflected in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, due out…

Roll-Royce Unveils Medium-Sized Autonomous Naval Vessel Concept

Britain’s Rolls-Royce revealed plans to offer a a large autonomous naval vessel for single-role missions on Tuesday.Unlike small drones or unmanned undersea submersibles, the company described the vessel as being able to operate over-the-horizon for over 100 days, reach speeds over 25 knots, and conduct various single-role missions like patrol and surveillance, mine detection, and…

Raytheon Wins Contract To Allow Tomahawk To Hit Moving Sea Targets

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $119 million contract to start integrating an enhancement to the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to make it able to strike moving targets at sea, the company said Tuesday.The contract covers a new multi-mode seeker and the Navy is conducting this new seeker development as a Rapid Deployment…

L3 Acquires Sensor Firm In Undersea Market

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Tuesday said has acquired Adaptive Methods, Inc., a designer and developer of sensor and computing solutions technology for Navy combat systems, in particular, unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV), and area the company is strategically targeting.L3 said the deal for Northern Virginia-based Adaptive Methods closed on Sept. 8. The business has been renamed…

Acting DHS Deputy Stresses Continuity In Acquisition Approaches

Innovations in acquisition approaches at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made during the Obama administration will continue under the new administration, the acting deputy of the department said on Tuesday.The department will continue to do things such as strategic sourcing, reverse industry days, and innovative ways to conduct acquisitions to save money, better understand…

Industry Reps Push Cloud Computing, Declassification To Fix Information Sharing With Government

The biggest challenge to securing the cyber resiliency of federal government network systems remains an over-classified, ineffective approach to information sharing, according to a panel of cyber experts speaking at a homeland security summit Tuesday.Two panels at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference urged federal agency officials to work at reducing the time frame for collecting…