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Defense Daily, Thursday, November 9, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 29

NDAA Conference Report Boosts Navy And Missile Defense Spending

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report released Nov. 8 strongly boosts Navy and Missile Defense spending over the Defense Department’s initial requests.The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) report summary highlights how it works to repair the military and restore readiness, which includes requiring the Secretary of the Navy to…

Defense Authorization Bill Boosts Army Combat Vehicle, Aircraft Modernization

Congress heavily backed Army modernization in the compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released Nov. 8, adding billions to the service’s initial request to cover new tanks, combat vehicles and rotorcraft.The fiscal 2018 NDAA authorizes an active duty Army of 483,500 soldiers, a 7,500-troop increase over fiscal 2017. Both the National Guard…

Navy Reduced Columbia Submarine Cost By $80 Million Per Unit

The Navy has been able to reduce the cost of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine by $80 million per unit and the program remains on schedule, a top Navy acquisition official said last week.Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Submarines, said Nov. 2 that after the Columbia program reached Milestone B in late 2016 and transitioned…

Navy Ship Work, Acquisition Lead HII To Strong Third Quarter Results

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on Wednesday posted strong financial results in its third quarter driven by work on aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships for the Navy and the acquisition last year of a technical services company.Net income jumped 39 percent to $149 million, $3.27 earnings per share (EPS), from $107 million ($2.27 EPS) a…

Senate Cyber Subcommittee Chairman: FY 18 Defense Bill To Include National Cyber Warfare Strategy

As negotiations wrapped up on the final version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2018, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Cyber cited the importance of including language urging the White House to adopt a formal cyber warfare strategy as final votes are set to take place.  Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Mike Rounds…

DHS Led Team Demonstrates That Commercial Aircraft Can Be Remotely Hacked

TYSONS, Va.—A team of government, industry and academic officials last year successfully demonstrated that a commercial aircraft could be remotely hacked in a non-laboratory setting, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said on Wednesday.“We got the airplane on the 19th of September 2016, two days later I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative,…

Sweden Chooses Patriot To Upgrade Air And Missile Defenses

The Swedish government has decided to start negotiations on procuring Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system for upward of $1.2 billion, the government said Tuesday.The Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) and Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have been evaluating medium-range surface-to-air defense systems for Sweden since the parliament concluded a 2015 defense framework decision.…

Boeing Closes Deal For Aurora Flight Sciences

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday completed its acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, boosting its ability to more quickly develop autonomous technologies for flight.Terms of the deal, which was first announced in early October, were not disclosed. Aurora will retain its name and independent operating model, functioning as a subsidiary under Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology.The acquisition…

Navy Releases Final Future Frigate RFP

The Navy released the final conceptual design (CD) request for proposals (RFP) on Tuesday for its new future frigate program, the Guided-Missile Frigate (FFG(X)), in a post on FedBizOpps.Last month Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a presolicitation notice outlining the uses and capabilities it wants in the new frigate. It aims to support combatant…

FBI Senior Analyst: More Cyber Attacks Now Originate from 'Legitimate Credentials;' Blend in with Normal Network Behavior

Recent trends in malicious cybersecurity activity show that hackers are becoming much more adept at breaching networks using acquired “legitimate” credentials (such as outdated test log-in accounts to VPNs) and “blending in” with normal network behavior, according to FBI Cyber Division Senior Intelligence Analyst Kristen Lane.Speaking at Via Satellite’s Cybersat Summit in Tyson’s Corner, Va.,…

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator.By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration.Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a politician lead…

Cyber Industry Panel: Social Practices Factor Into Potential Breaches

Speakers at the 2017 CyberSat Summit emphasized that improving technology capabilities is only a piece of the larger cybersecurity puzzle. During a panel assessing the evolving threat landscape in aerospace, a group of experts agreed that it is equally important to monitor the “people and processes” that form the foundation of companies’ every day operations.Specifically,…

Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department.In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the House’s…