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Defense Daily, Thursday, September 14, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 52

Boeing Lands Contract To Begin Designing New Air Force One

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a nearly $600 million contract modification to Boeing [BA] to conduct the initial design of a replacement for the Air Force One presidential jets, the service announced Sept. 13.The 18-month contract modification calls for Boeing to incorporate a mission communication system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive…

DHS Orders Federal Government To Stop Using Kaspersky Software

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday ordered all federal agencies to stop using Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab’s software products over concerns surrounding the company’s ties to potential Kremlin cyberespionage activities.Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued the directive, which allows agencies 30 days to identify any potential use of Kaspersky software…

GAO Finds Navy Nuclear Shipyards Remain In Poor Condition

A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Tuesday found that the U.S. Navy’s four public shipyards’ facilities and equipment remain in poor condition leading to a continued backlog in maintenance and are inadequate to Navy needs.The four public shipyards are the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance…

Scalable IT Backbone For Biometric Exit System To Be Ready In Early 2018, CBP Official Says

Next February, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expects to have the robust information technology network backbone ready so that it can scale to handle the ramp up of a biometric-based system that will track the exit of foreign nationals from the U.S. in accordance with their visas, an agency official said on Tuesday.The Travel Verification…

IT Modernization Legislation To Be Added To Senate Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate is planning on integrating a $500 million federal information technology (IT) modernization bill into the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill it is currently considering, according to Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas).Hurd, speaking at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit on Wednesday, announced that the bill aimed at modernizing infrastructure across the federal government would be…

As Award Nears, DHS Identity Office Planning For Future Needs

Any day now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is about to award a contract to replace its existing biometric repository with a more robust and scalable system but the department’s identity management office is already focused on future needs looking out five years and beyond.Other groups within the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)…