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Defense Daily, Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 23

U.S. Nuclear Forces To Cost $1.2 Trillion Over 30 Years, CBO Estimates

Current plans to modernize, operate and sustain U.S. nuclear forces will cost about $1.2 trillion over the next three decades, according to a report released Oct. 31 by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).Modernization will account for about $400 billion of that total, while operations and sustainment will take up the other $800 billion, the CBO…

Key Lawmakers In Talks To Keep Government Open When CR Expires

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are discussing how to keep the government open after the current continuing resolution (CR) runs out Dec. 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Oct. 31.“We are in a four-cornered, bipartisan negotiation over how to fund the government, including the Trump administration,”…

MDA Awards Raytheon $1.5 Billion To Support AN/TPY-2 and SBX Radars

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $1.5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity follow-on contract to support the Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Model 2 (AN/TPY-2) and Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radars, the Defense Department said last Friday.The AN/TPY-2, built by Raytheon, is used for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems to detect,…

GW Panel: Greater Discourse With Industry Needed To Push Critical Cyber Policies

A lack of consensus between legislators and industry on critical cyber components is holding up the development of deterrence policies and combat future threats to the domain, according to a panel of cyber experts speaking at a George Washington Univ. event Tuesday.The panel pushed for Congress’ cyber policy agenda to include setting definitions for digital…

As Taliban Gains Ground In Afghanistan, Military Classifies More Info About Longest U.S. War

The Pentagon is shrouding more and more information on Afghanistan from public view as the Taliban makes historic gains in the 16-year-old war, according to the watchdog overseeing U.S. reconstruction funding to that nation.For the first time, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) classified information on the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) that was previously reported…

Navy Commander Changes With Sixth Fleet

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced Tuesday the president has nominated Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti to be appointed as vice admiral and assigned as commander of the Sixth Fleet.If confirmed, Franchetti will be the first woman appointed to the position and will replace Vice Adm. Christopher Grady to lead the Sixth Fleet as well as…

Coast Guard Mulls Delays To Implementing TWIC Reader Rule

After receiving comments from industry following the publication last year of a final rule governing the implementation of smart card readers for access control at secure areas of the nation’s ports, the Coast Guard is considering delaying implementation of the guidance, a service official said on Monday.The feedback from industry included “concerns with the rule…