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Defense Daily, Monday, October 23, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 16

Defense Watch

BE-4 Engine Milestone. Blue Origin says it has conducted the first test firing of its full-scale BE-4 engine. “First hotfire of our BE-4 engine is a success,” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tweeted Oct. 19. “Huge kudos to the whole Blue Origin team for this important step.” Blue Origin is developing the engine to power its…

Told To Speed Acquisition, Military Officials Increasingly Turn To Open Architecture Systems

Senior military officials and lawmakers are sending a clear two-word message to the Defense Department acquisition community: Go faster.Increasingly the military services are interpreting that order, along with legislation loosening procurement restrictions, to mean adoption of a modular open systems approach to acquisition.“There’s not a day that goes by when our commandant doesn’t tell us…

Army Might Boost Hellfire Production By Thousands Of Missiles

To meet warfighters’ growing demand for the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the U.S. Army says it might increase production of the air-to-ground weapon by several thousand missiles a year.The Army asked prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] “earlier this year” to submit a proposal to boost production to up to 11,000 missiles a year starting in fiscal…

GAO Denies Northrop Grumman Protest Of DHS Cyber Security Award To Raytheon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this month rejected a protest by Northrop Grumman [NOC] of a $1 billion contract re-awarded over the summer to Raytheon [RTN] to support a cyber security system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).DHS originally awarded Raytheon the contract to support the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) in…

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract For Patriot Radar Replacement Prototype

A Defense Department group awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for the technology maturation of a Patriot Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototype, the company said Thursday.The DoD’s Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) is commissioned by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L), and is a department initiative to…

Industry Seeking Comprehensive Strategy For Future Open Architecture Efforts

Moving to a comprehensive architecture strategy and facilitating greater discussion with industry on cyber security are critical steps needed to address future military system capabilities, according to industry officials.As the effort grows across the armed services to replace legacy systems, industry is seeking to start implementing new architecture standards from the ground up to foster…

Booz Allen Acquiring Small Firm To Bolster Commercial Cyber Business

Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] on Friday said it has agreed to acquire Morphick, Inc., a small Ohio-based company that provides managed cyber security services to Fortune 500 companies.Terms of the deal, which is expected to close before the end of 2017, were not disclosed. Jefferies analyst Sheila Kahyaoglu said in note to clients on Friday…

Fidelis Cybersecurity Acquires Firm With Deception Technology

Fidelis Cybersecurity last Thursday said it has acquired TopSpin Security Ltd., a small cyber security firm with capabilities in the areas of deception and detection technology.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TopSpin operates in Israel and New Jersey. It has 18 employees and the company’s staff will become part of Maryland-based Fidelis.Fidelis said that…