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Defense Daily, Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 28

Stakeholders Outline Benefits Of DHS S&T, And Areas For Improvement

Industry, academia and first responders all benefit from the funding and work performed by the research branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but there are areas for improvement, including closer integration with agency components, consistent resourcing, and reasserting leadership in biodefense for the homeland, various officials told a House panel on Tuesday.The Science…

Orbital ATK Tests Motor Case For New Rocket

Orbital ATK [OA], which is developing a new space launch vehicle to compete for U.S. Air Force business, announced Nov. 7 that the rocket’s first motor case has passed a key test.The structural acceptance test, which occurred Oct. 27 in Promontory, Utah, showed that the 12-foot-diameter motor case could withstand the internal pressure it would…

Army Seeking Partnerships To Grow AI Network Protection Capabilities

Army leadership is set on shifting its network protection apparatus to leverage automated artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities as it looks to free up its growing cyber branch service to develop new tools to combat future threats.Officials are seeking greater partnerships with industry to address future cyber warfare needs, and hope to speed up the transition…

At Hearing Nominees Vow To Improve Navy Acquisition, Audit of Navy

Nominations for top Defense Department positions told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a Tuesday confirmation hearing they intend to support efforts to improve the Navy’s operations and acquisitions as well as Department-wide weapons testing and evaluations.Thomas Modly, nominated as Under Secretary of the Navy, acknowledged in his opening statement that he agrees the Navy…

L2 Defense Acquires Provider Of Emergency Services Simulation And Training

L2 Defense, Inc. has acquired Advanced Technical and Educational Consultants, Inc. (ATEC), a small business that provides simulation and training capabilities to the Defense Department, federal agencies, and state and local emergency responders.Terms of the deal, which was announced on Nov. 2, were not disclosed. ATEC is a woman-owned business based in South Florida.L2 Defense,…

SASC Approves Esper For Army Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote Nov. 7 the nomination of Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper to be Army secretary.As part of that vote, the SASC also approved Joseph Kernan to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Robert Wilkie to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and Guy Roberts…

Air Force To Finish Study On ISR Needs By Early 2018

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) expects to finish a study on future intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike capabilities in late 2017 or early 2018, according to the command.The study, or capabilities-based assessment (CBA), began in December to “identify needed capabilities and associated capability gaps” that the Air Force could eventually translate…

Oshkosh Completes 25,000th Medium Tactical Truck Amid Army Recompete

Oshkosh Defense [OSK], even as it awaits judgment on its incumbency building the vehicles for the Army, has rolled out its 25,000th medium tactical vehicle.Technically the truck that left the company’s Wisconsin factory was a member of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, or FMTV A1P2, which Oshkosh has been building since 2009.The Army Tank…