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Defense Daily, Monday, October 30, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 21

Defense Watch

F-35A Deployment. The U.S. Air Force plans to send 12 F-35A Lightning IIs to Japan in early November, marking its first operational deployment of the new Lockheed Martin-built fighter jet to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The F-35As, which are assigned to Hill Air Force Base in Utah, will spend six months at Kadena Air Base in…

Officials Tout Ship Acquisition And Evolutionary Changes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Several officials from Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships spoke at a conference last about what they have been able to accomplish and how the Navy is evolving its designs as it moves towards a 355-ship goal.Clif Mitchell, deputy program manager of PMS 385 (Strategic and Theater Lift) said his office has two main…

UK Air Force To Launch First Small Satellite In December

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is joining the small-satellite wave and intends to launch its first such spacecraft in late December, an RAF official said Oct. 27.The RAF satellite, Carbonite-2, will be equipped with an electro-optical camera to provide full-motion video, said Air Vice-Marshal “Rocky” Rochelle, the RAF’s chief of staff for capability and force…

MDA Awards $10 Million Contract Mod To MTSI For Improved Missile Defense Modeling Tools

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) a $10 million modification last Monday to increase a contract ceiling under an effort to develop models of new interceptor and sensor concepts for missile defense development.The modification raises the value of a 2014 contract to almost $35.5 million. The work aims to develop…

Coast Guard Approves Plans To Move Forward With Small UAS Acquisition

The Coast Guard last week said its acquisition authorities have approved a plan to begin soliciting bids for a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) that can operate from its new high-endurance cutter fleet.Release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the small UAS is expected before the end of 2017, a spokeswoman for the Coast…

Light-Helicopter Market Could Reach $22 Billion Through 2031

The market for light military rotorcraft could be worth $22 billion over the next 15 years, according to industry analysis firm Forecast International.The market research and consulting firm projects that a total of 1,610 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year period from 2017 through 2031, with an estimated value of $22.2 billion…

GAO Sustains Protest On Operation Of Navy Towed-Array Facility

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Oct. 16 sustained a protest by L3 Technologies' [LLL] Unidyne, Inc.,  unit on a Navy contract to Leidos [LDOS] to operate the service’s towed array facility, the office said last Wednesday.L3 protested the issuance of a task order on the basis that the Navy misevaluated proposals, unreasonably failed to engage…

House Democratic Caucus Releases Cyber Plan

A House Democratic caucus is pushing the White House to adapt more robust cyber priorities in a new cyber security plan focused on growing public-private partnerships and improving information sharing.The New Democrat Coalition’s cyber security task force released its plan Thursday, and is pushing for greater conversation between the White House and industry on improving…