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Defense Daily, Thursday, November 16, Vol. 276, Issue 33

NSA To Share More Unclassified Information On Cyber Threats To Build Industry Partnerships

The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to increase its capacity for sharing unclassified information on potential network vulnerabilities with industry as it hopes to combat increasing adversarial cyber threats.Public-private partnerships remain a critical piece for NSA cyber operations as analysts gather information on attacks aimed increasingly at both federal and industry networks, according to…

Senate OKs Esper As Senior Army Civilian

Former Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper was confirmed Nov. 15 as Army secretary, in an 89-6 vote by the Senate.Esper, is the Trump administration’s third pick to become the Army’s senior civilian and the final service secretary to be confirmed.Former congresswoman, Air Force officer and National Security Council staff member Heather Wilson was confirmed as…

DHS Expects To Have New Northern Border Strategy Ready In January

Following the release over the summer of an assessment of threats on the northern border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January plans to publish a new strategy for the northern border that will be followed later in 2018 by an implementation plan, a senior department official said on Tuesday.The updated Northern Border Strategy,…

Industry Reps Say DHS Can Improve Quality, Timeliness Of Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Private sector participation remains limited in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automated cyber threat information sharing program due to a lack of timeliness in the sharing of the threat indicators with the government and because the information doesn’t contain adequate context, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday.For companies, it comes down to…

State Department Approves $170 Million AMRAAM Deal With Norway

The State Department has approved a possible $170 million deal with Norway for the sale of 60 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs).The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Nov. 14 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which includes Raytheon’s [RTN] AIM-120 C-7 missiles, as well as 4 AMRAAM guidance section spares.“The proposed sale…

In Mostly Quite Nuke Hearing, Corker Goes to Bat for Modernization

At the end of a mostly civil hearing Tuesday in which former federal officials advised senators against limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch nuclear weapons, Trump critic Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) emphasized the importance of ongoing nuclear deterrent modernization programs. “Many of us have been to the facilities where [nuclear weapons] are modernized [and]…

U.S. Transportation Command Eyes Replacing Reserve Cargo Ships

U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) is working with the Navy to develop plans to replace the military’s aging reserve fleet of cargo ships, the command's leader said Nov. 15.TRANSCOM and the Navy envision buying both new and used ships. Language included in the recently completed fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report “will allow us to buy…

JPSS-1 Satellite Launch Delayed Again

High winds at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California postponed the Nov. 15 launch of the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), according to NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA).A new launch date has not yet been announced. “The team is working to establish a new launch opportunity,” ULA tweeted.The delay is the mission's third…

HII Delivers DDG-114 To The Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] delivered its latest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer on Wednesday, the future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), the Navy said.DDG-114 was delivered at HII's Pascagoula, Miss., facility following successful September in-port and at sea readiness trials conducted by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).DDG-114 is named after a Marine Medal…

White House Releases Charter Detailing Software Vulnerability Disclosure Process

The White House released a new charter Wednesday detailing the previously classified process federal agencies must use in deciding whether to disclose known software vulnerabilities to the public or use as leverage against potential cyber adversaries. The National Security Council (NSC) will oversee the updated Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) and determine if the release of…