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Defense Daily, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 32

Senate Committee Approves Nielsen Nomination To Lead DHS

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late Tuesday afternoon voted 11 to 4 to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security.Four Democrats voted against the nomination: Sens. Tom Carper (Del.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Margaret Hassan (N.H.) and Gary Peters (Mich.).The confirmation vote was originally planned for last Thursday…

JPSS-1 Satellite Launch Delayed A Day To Nov. 15

The liftoff of the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) was scrubbed Nov. 14 due to the triggering of a launch vehicle alarm and the presence of two boats in a restricted area, according to the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance (ULA).“Due to the short [launch] window, there was insufficient time to fully…

2018 NDAA Establishes $10 Million Prize Option To Solve Physiological Episodes

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 compromise defense authorization bill would authorize the Secretary of Defense to establish a prize competition to help find the causes of and solutions to physiological episodes (PEs) in various military aircraft.The Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force have experienced numerous PEs over the past year in F/A-18 Hornets and Super…

2018 NDAA: Congress Would Withhold Half Of WIN-T Funding Until Army Can Justify Expense

Congress is proposing to withhold half the funding authorized for procurement and fielding of the Army’s battlefield communications network until delivery of a detailed report on the beleaguered multi-billion-dollar program.The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) has suffered hard knocks from congressional defense committees in recent hearings, most notably from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chair John…

Air Force Focusing IT Acquisition On Agile Software Development, Open Mission Systems

The Air Force’s information technology acquisition director is using her experience as the former vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency to alter the Air Force’s approach to meet system operational needs that currently lag behind growing cyber threats.Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel sees her service’s transition to a procurement model focused on agile software…

DoD IT Officials Urge Senior Leadership To Set Automation, Application Cloud Migration Priorities

Department of Defense information technology (IT) officials are urging senior leadership to prioritize acquisition efforts needed to speed up the integration of network automation capabilities and the migration of critical applications to the cloud. Panelists at Tuesday’s Defense Systems summit called on DoD and its industry partners to re-focus the cloud computing conversation on data…

Kaspersky Products On Systems Of 15 Percent Of Federal Civilian Agencies, DHS Official Says

Preliminary findings of a mandatory review of federal computer networks for the presence of a Russian-made anti-virus software that may actually pose an information security risk show that the products are on computer systems of about 15 percent of civilian agencies, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official disclosed on Tuesday.So far, 94 percent of…