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Defense Daily, Friday, October 20, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 15

Sen. McCain Blasts Delay In Defense Spending Hike

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), chided the Senate Oct. 19 for considering a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that delays a decision on whether to boost defense spending.The resolution, which is intended mainly to pave the way for tax reform legislation, would provide $549 billion for defense, $54…

Navy Issues Draft RFP For Heavy Polar Icebreaker; Award Planned In FY '19

The Navy on Thursday issued a draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreaker with plans still intact to release a final RFP in early 2018 with an award for detailed design and construction in FY ’19, subject to congressional appropriations.The draft solicitation covers the design and construction of the first…

NSA Seeking More Cohesive Approach To Open Architecture Partnerships

The NSA is seeking to build a more cohesive open architecture approach with its partners as it tries to broaden interoperability and increase protocol processing for new capabilities, according to the agency’s deputy chief of Cross Access Capabilities (CAC). Craig McCarter, deputy chief of NSA CAC efforts, pointed to increasing the scope for new capabilities…

Navy R&D Official Talks Importance Of Open Architecture, Faster Prototyping

A Navy official said the service's changing missions are driving open architecture structures and that quickening prototype work is important for the service going forward.As the Navy returns to more sea patrols and recognizing single systems can no longer do a whole job by themselves, this means integration is more important, William Bray, deputy assistant…

NASA Taps SpaceX, ULA To Launch Two Satellites

NASA has picked SpaceX to launch the Sentinel-6A ocean-observing satellite and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch the Landsat-9 Earth-imaging satellite, the agency announced Oct. 19.Landsat-9 is slated to lift off as early as December 2020 on an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing…

Boeing Awards Lockheed Martin $100 Million Contract To Upgrade F/A-18 IRST21 Sensors

Boeing [BA], prime contractor for U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] two contracts worth up to $100 million to upgrade the aircraft’s IRST21 sensor system, Lockheed said Thursday.The IRST21 system is the next generation of Lockheed’s legacy Infrared Search and Track System (IRST). It is a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects…

DHS IG Finds Vulnerabilities In TSA Checkpoint Screening

Covert testing at aviation security checkpoints has uncovered vulnerabilities in security equipment and in how Transportation Security Officers do their jobs, says a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) internal watchdog office.The latest report by the Office of Inspector General (IG), comes more than two years after the oversight agency found extremely…