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Defense Daily, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 17

DoD To Conduct 'Deep Dive' To Make F-35 More Affordable

The U.S. Department of Defense is launching a “deep dive” with industry to look for ways to further cut the cost of the F-35 Lightning II, a DoD official said Oct. 23.“We’ve got the team assembled, we know what we want to accomplish, and we’re getting ready to go to work,” said Shay Assad, director…

State Department Approves $575 Million Deal UH-1Y Helicopter Deal With Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is looking to update its fleet of military aircraft with a State Department approved $575 million deal for the delivery of twelve Bell Helicopter UH-1Y utility helicopters. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Oct. 11 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which includes the UH-1Y helicopters, as well as…

Cyber Security Basics Are In Place But Government Lacks Full Protection, DHS Official Says

Among the “major themes” that have surfaced as a result of an ongoing review of the federal government’s cyber security needs is that overall there are baseline capabilities in place but complete protection is lacking, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said last week.“In looking at our assessment of where we are, from a…

Open Systems Believed Essential As Army Upgrades Precision Navigation Capability

The modern Army relies heavily on equipment that can precisely locate and track all of its tanks, trucks and troops, but upgrading hundreds of thousands of GPS receivers across its fleets is a daunting and costly task.Equipping the entire Army with hardened, assured precision navigation and timing (PNT) equipment is therefore an effort where an…

Official Explains Ship Modularity Benefits

A Navy official explained last Thursday how the service is trying to add modularity into ships to increase affordability and capability.Nilo Maniquis, senior Ship Systems and Integration Engineer at Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) D1, said at Defense Daily’s 2017 Open Architecture Summit that moving ships into modular construction is moving forward…

DHS Reaching Out To Silicon Valley For Help With Land Border Biometric Exit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch last Friday issued a call for proposals from start-up and other emerging high technology companies for help in identifying the identities of all travelers departing the U.S. by vehicles at its land ports using facial recognition.The call was put out through S&T’s fast track…

Lockheed Martin Picks Rockwell Collins For Greek P-3 Orion Avionics Upgrade

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has selected Rockwell Collins [COL] to upgrade Greece’s Hellenic Navy P-3B Orion aircraft  avionics systems.Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system will be used to bring the P-3s into compliance with upcoming mandates for unrestricted global airspace operations, Rockwell Collins said Monday.The Flight2 upgrade is expected to convert the aircraft’s flight deck into a…