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Defense Daily, Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 22

Former NASA Chief Tapped As Number-Two Pentagon Weapon Buyer

A former NASA administrator has been tapped by the Trump administration as the deputy chief weapon buyer for the Pentagon.Michael D. Griffin on Oct. 27 was nominated to become the next principal deputy undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). If confirmed by the Senate, Griffin will report directly to Ellen Lord, who serves…

Army Awards L3 Contract For Improved Apache Manned-Unmanned Teaming Hardware

The Army is moving ahead with an effort to team unmanned aircraft with the AH-64 Apache gunship, awarding $97 million in contracts to L3 Technologies [LLL] for improved communication and control systems.L3 received the contracts as part of the Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. The Army is teaming Apaches with…

Foreign Minister: South Korea Not Considering Additional THAADs

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday that the administration of President Moon Jae-in is not considering additional deployments of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, according to Korean press reports.Kang disclosed this policy decision in a statement to the legislature during a parliamentary audit of the ministry. This included…

Vanilla Aircraft’s UAV Finishes Five Day Flight

Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) finished the longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight ever, the company said last Thursday.The over five-day flight occurred over 7,000 miles, ending at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The aircraft carried several payloads, including NASA’s multi-spectral imager and a Defense Department-furnished sensor and radio. The company noted…

Deputy AG: Private Sector, DOJ Must Work on Data, Cyber Incident Cooperation

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is urging U.S. companies to be forthright in sharing encrypted data and information related cyber incidents with the Department of Justice (DoJ). During a Monday speech, Rosenstein pushed for greater conversation on public-private partnerships to combat future cyber threats and expressed his aim to combat the issue of “going dark,”…

The Armored Group Acquires German Vehicle Armoring Companies

The Armored Group (TAG) two German-based vehicle armoring companies in a deal it says complements its current capabilities, expand its production footprint internationally and its market share in Europe.Terms of the deals were not disclosed. TAG, which is based in Phoenix, armors a range of vehicles types for law enforcement and federal agencies, and tactical…