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Defense Daily, Thursday, November 2, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 24

Army Logistics Chief: Data Rights Key To Affordable Sustainment Of Combat Systems

Purchasing intellectual property from industry is expensive up front, but will ultimately reduce the cost of sustaining combat systems in the long run, according to the service’s chief logistician.Gen. Gustave Perna, chief of Army Materiel Command (AMC), has directed lawyers and contracting officers under his command to purchase IP rights and technical data packages from…

Navy Releases First Report On DDG Collisions, Finds Crew Failures

The Navy on Wednesday released the first official report explaining the specific actions leading up to and causes of the separate collisions of two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers in the Pacific this past summer.In a direct telling of the events it plainly explained how crew leaders and members made numerous mistakes leading up to…

Rep. Bridenstine Pledges To Pursue 'Consensus Agenda' At NASA

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), President Donald Trump’s nominee to be NASA administrator, pledged Nov. 1 to be a nonpartisan leader of the space agency despite concerns among Senate Democrats about putting a politician in the job.“We need a consensus agenda,” Bridenstine testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “I…

DoD’s AI Development Program To Deliver First Algorithms In December

The Department of Defense’s artificial intelligence (AI) development program is set to deliver its first round of algorithms in December to be deployed for warfighting operational sensors, according to project lead Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan.Project Maven, also known as algorithmic warfare cross-functional team, which stood up this past April, is DoD’s unit dedicated to AI…

State Dept. OK’s $1.1B Support Package For Qatar’s F-15QAs

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of $1.1 billion worth of construction, cybersecurity and force protection to Qatar to support the country’s F-15QA multi-role fighters.The potential deal includes facilities for alert, cyber, force protection, maintenance, training and squadron operations functions. It also contains hangars, hardened shelters, parking/loading ramps, taxiways, weapon storage areas,…

BAE Starts Producing LRASM Sensor

Britain’s BAE Systems started producing the sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) after winning a $40 million order from prime program contractor the Lockheed Martin [LMT], the company said Wednesday.BAE’s advanced mid-course sensor, sometimes called a “seeker” according to a company spokesman, allows the missile to seek and target specific maritime targets…

Boeing Ventures Arm Invests In Small Advanced Materials Firm

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday said its HorizonX ventures arm has taken a minority ownership stake in a small company that develops and produces advanced metal-matrix composites for the aerospace, defense, automotive and energy industries.Gamma Alloys has 10 employees and is based Los Angeles and does large scale manufacturing in Missouri and manufacturing in Stockton, Calif.…

First E-2D Aerial Refueling Test Occurred This Summer

Northrop Grumman [NOC] said Tuesday that the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft over the summer successfully received a first in-flight fuel transfer from a tanker.During a four-hour flight on July 14, pilots conducted 10 dry and two wet plugs connecting the first E-2D equipped with aerial refueling capability to a KC-130 Hercules tanker. The aircraft…

DISA Awards $163 Million Endpoint Security Task Order To CSRA

The Department of Defense is building on its endpoint security effort with a potential $163 million task order to CSRA Inc. [CSRA] to integrate cyber management capabilities for the department’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).Under the deal, announced Wednesday, CSRA will work with Microsoft [MSFT] and McAfee to manage security tools for DISA’s Endpoint Security…

State Department Approves AMRAAM Sale To Canada

The State Department has approved a potential $140 million sale to Canada of AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for deployment on Royal Canadian Air Force F/A-18 fighter aircraft.The Foreign Military Sale, which still requires congressional approval, includes up to 32 missiles, up to 18 captive carry air training missiles, up to four airborne…