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Defense Daily, Friday, November 3, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 25

Senate Committee Questions Army Secretary Hopeful's Ties To Raytheon

The only friction Mark Esper encountered with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of the Army was concern his previous affiliation with Raytheon [RTN] would further stack the Pentagon with defense industry executives.Esper, head of Raytheon's government relations and a West Point graduate, was tapped on July…

Air Force Space And Missile Systems Center Eyes Faster Acquisition

The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is engaged in a multi-pronged effort to speed up its acquisition of satellites and other equipment, the center’s leader said Nov. 2.One step involves giving leaders of SMC’s directorates more responsibility for the smaller programs they manage, said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, who became the…

Navy Releases Comprehensive Review Report On Surface Force Mishaps

The U.S. Navy released the over 170-page Comprehensive Review of surface force incidents and incidents at sea Thursday, a day after releasing separate reports on two specific ship collisions (Defense Daily, Nov. 1).On Aug. 24 the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson directed Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, to initiate…

Arsenal Modernization Means More Nukes, Perry Says

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday suggested that modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal includes increasing the number of weapons.In an energy policy discussion hosted by NBC and Axios in Washington, D.C., moderator Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” asked Perry, “Does beefing up mean the same as modernization?”“It does to me,” Perry responded,…

Lockheed Resumes F-35 Deliveries After One-Month Suspension

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to its U.S. and foreign customers after a production quality problem halted those transfers for a month.The problem surfaced when a small amount of corrosion was found under a fuselage panel of an F-35A, the fighter jet's conventional-takeoff-and-landing variant, during routine maintenance at Hill Air Force…

Army, Navy Cyber Mission Force Teams Reach Full Operational Capability

The Army and Navy’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF) teams have both reached full operational capability (FOC) a year ahead of schedule.U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) validated the CMF’s met all training and capability requirements needed to carry out current cyberspace operations, both services announced Thursday.All 40 Navy CMF teams were approved for FOC on Oct. 6…

Pacific Fleet Head Establishes Organization To Oversee West Pacific Readiness

Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF), established a new organization to oversee training and certification for forward deployed surface vessels on Tuesday.This CPF Detachment Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (CPF Det NSGWP) is an interim detachment forward deployed to Japan and has the authority to determine if a ship is ready…

China Plans To Dominate Artificial Intelligence By 2030, Alphabet Chief Says

Without serious investment in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, China will catch up with the U.S. in that sector in three years and by 2030 will dominate the global market for self-learning computers, according to Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. [GOOG] and chair of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB).“A month ago, China actually announced…

Leidos Posts Lower Earnings, Higher Sales In Third Quarter

Leidos [LDOS] on Thursday reported a drop in net income in its third quarter due to higher taxes while sales jumped up due to an acquisition a year ago.Net income fell 10 percent to $82 million, 53 cents earning per share (EPS), from $91 million (80 cents EPS) a year ago, as Leidos was hit…

Earnings, Sales Surge At Orbital ATK In Third Quarter

Orbital ATK [OA] on Thursday posted strong earnings and sales in its third quarter driven by top and bottom line gains in all three operating segments.Net income soared 57 percent to $94.8 million, $1.64 earnings per share (EPS), from $60.4 million ($1.04 EPS). Excluding expenses related to the pending acquisition of the company by Northrop…