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Defense Daily, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 13

Navy To Issue FFG(X) Solicitation In November

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is planning to issue an open competitive request for proposals (RFP) for design development on the new future frigate program in November, the Navy said Monday.The future frigate program is called the Guided-Missile Frigate (FFG(X)).The Navy highlighted in a presolicitation notice that “the overall objective of this early industry involvement…

Air Force To Boost Production Of Heavily Used Munitions

The U.S. Air Force plans to increase production of four precision-guided munitions to meet high demand from warfighters across the globe, a service official said Oct. 17.“Weapons are a big focus area right now across the Department of Defense, particularly those that are precision-type that we are utilizing so much of in the fight around…

Bigelow, ULA Aim To Place Inflatable Space Habitat Near Moon

Less than two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence indicated that the Trump administration plans to send astronauts to the Moon, Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced Oct. 17 that they hope to deploy an inflatable space habitat in about five years to support such lunar exploration.The two companies said that they want…

Inspector General Report: Department of Energy Lacking Critical Cyber Security Measures

The Department of Energy (DoE) remains vulnerable to cyber threats directed towards its critical systems and applications, including those in its nuclear security office, after failing to mitigate all known vulnerabilities identified last year by the department's Inspector General (IG) office. A new IG report, released last week, finds DoE has yet to address 3…

CSRA Acquiring Praxis Engineering To Expand Work For Intelligence Community

CSRA Inc. [CSRA] on Tuesday said it has agreed to acquire Praxis Engineering Technologies Inc. for $235 million in cash in a deal that would expand its work for the intelligence community.Maryland-based Praxis provides consulting and solutions in the areas of software and system engineering. The company has more than 350 “highly-cleared” employees, most of…

NNSA Finishes Mods For Cruise Missile Warhead

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has refurbished the first in a line of nuclear warheads that will be used on an aging fleet of U.S. cruise missiles well into next decade.The semiautonomous Department of Energy nuclear stockpile steward completed the first production unit of the W80-1 Alt 369 “before fiscal year 2017 came to…

Lockheed Developing Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion Testbed For Army

The Army is moving forward with its development of a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF), tasking Lockheed Martin [LMT] with a $12 million contract to develop a testbed of the technology for its rotary-wing aircraft.Under the deal, announced Oct. 12 and awarded as part of the Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), Lockheed will…

KBR To Acquire Australian Defense Company

KBR, Inc. [KBR] on Monday said it has agreed to acquire Sigma Bravo Pty Ltd, an Australia-based company that provides information and communication technology services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Houston-based KBR said the pending acquisition marks its entry into classified work in Australia as well as its ongoing…

NNSA Finishes Production Of Critical Non-Nuclear Systems For W76 Warhead

The National Nuclear Security Administration said Monday it has wrapped up production of critical non-nuclear systems required to upgrade the W76 warhead.The Department of Energy's (DoE) semiautonomous stockpile steward said the milestone involves the W76's Arming Fuzing Subsystem: a single assembly that includes “the weapon’s radar, programmer, and timer.” The NNSA did not say exactly…

International Mine Warfare Exercise Starts Off South Korea

The Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) began Sunday off the coast of South Korea with U.S., South Korean, and United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations Canada and the Philippines.The exercise will have mine countermeasures ships, aircraft, and explosive ordnance personnel conduct a set of drills aimed at practicing procedures and tactics to detect…