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Defense Daily, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 18

Trump's Cyber Security Executive Order Is 'Blueprint' For New Strategy, Bossert Says

The Trump administration is developing a new cyber security strategy that will build on work being done as part of an executive order the president signed in May and it will contain a vision, something the nation current lacks for cyber security, a senior White House official said on Tuesday.The “objective” is to put out…

Lawmakers To Begin Formal Talks On Final Defense Authorization Bill

House and Senate negotiators charged with writing the final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill plan to have their first formal meeting Oct. 25.While the session will occur behind closed doors, leaders of the House-Senate conference committee are scheduled to brief reporters beforehand. The House and Senate passed their versions of the…

U.S. Africa Command Building Drone Site In Central Niger

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says it is building an “operating location” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in central Niger to enhance its collection of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information on the continent.At Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, U.S. military engineering squadrons and contractors are improving the runway and basic life-support facilities, AFRICOM spokeswoman…

Defense Innovation Board: Optimize Pentagon For Speed, Not Cost

As a 20th century organization designed to acquire weapons and fight wars at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers, the Defense Department is rigidly hierarchical, bureaucratic and stifling to the sorts of innovation it sees as critical to fighting future wars.The Defense Innovation Board (DIB), which met Oct. 24 outside Washington, D.C., is tasked with…

Space Segment Leads Lockheed Martin's Income Down In Third Quarter

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Tuesday reported higher sales but lower earnings in its third quarter was profits were largely hampered by results from the company’s Space Systems segment.A handsome gain a year ago in the space business didn’t recur in the latest quarter and the segment also suffered from lower risk retirements, a charge related…

Army To Halt Programs On Network That Hinder Ability To ‘Fight Tonight'

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Army is preparing to remedy the most pressing shortfalls with its network after a year-long assessment concluded it was inadequately meeting requirements for mission operations and command-post needs, according to the service’s chief information officer.Halting programs that hinder the ability to “fight tonight” is first on the list of steps to…

DoD To Define New Standards For Its Data, Similar To Critical Infrastructure

BALTIMORE, Md.--The Department of Defense must define standards related to the value and relevancy of the critical information it collects as it works to improve the cyber security of its data, according to a panel at AFCEA’s MILCOM summit Tuesday.The panel of current and former DoD officials, as well as a cyber industry representative, believe…

Navy Awards $27 Million Recompete Contract To ManTech For C4ISR Support Services

The Navy is shoring the capabilities of its Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC) with a new $27 million contract to ManTech International Corporation [MANT] to continue providing support services for its command and control systems.The recompete contract, announced Tuesday, retains ManTech’s services to support SSC Pacific’s  Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence,…