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Defense Daily, Monday, November 13, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 30

Defense Watch

Space Revamp. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who opposed a House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, said she is not yet ready to comment on the final space management overhaul provisions that lawmakers have included in the newly unveiled fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report. “The language is…

WH Cyber Coordinator: National Cyber Strategy To Be Released Soon

The White House’s cyber security coordinator is hoping the imminent release of the administration’s national cyber strategy will allow the federal government to take a more direct approach in rapidly eliminating vulnerabilities from network infrastructure. A national cyber strategy is in the final stages of deliberation as the White House works to coordinate inter-agency policy…

NASA Delays First SLS Launch By Over A Year

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion crew capsule by over a year, to December 2019, an agency official said Nov. 9.While a recent NASA review made the case for an even longer delay, to June 2020, “the agency has chosen to manage to a December…

Panel Delays Vote On Nielsen Pending Answers To Senators' Questions

A Senate panel on Thursday postponed a confirmation vote on Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security until at least Monday until she supplies answers to nearly 200 questions the committee posed following her nomination hearing on Wednesday.Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, addressing Sen.…

DoD Officials Say T-45 Pilot Production Returning To Normal Levels But Notes 'Unacceptable' MV-22 Readiness Rates

Navy and Marine Corps officials said they expect T-45C Goshawk trainer pilot production to get back to full capacity by the end of the month but that the MV-22B is currently at “unacceptable” readiness rates.Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces, said the Navy expects T-45C pilot production to get back up to…

Nominee For Army Chief Weapon Buyer Supports Overhaul Of Acquisition System

As with all recent political appointees to Army civilian posts, the service’s presumptive chief weapon buyer did not escape questioning during his confirmation hearing on how he would remedy the service’s less-than-stellar acquisition record.Bruce Jette, the Trump administration’s pick to become the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASAALT), was asked…

Navy Uses Three Carriers For Western Pacific Exercise

The U.S. Navy is using three carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific as a chance for a combined strike force exercise over the next week, the 7th Fleet said Wednesday.The Navy explained that the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) will conduct coordinated operations “to demonstrate the U.S.…

Final Version of NDAA Directs White House, DoD To Update Cyber Strategies

The final version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2018 calls on the White House to develop a national cyber warfare policy and directs the Department of Defense to address lagging information technology (IT) modernization efforts. Conference negotiations on the final version of the $700 billion fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act…