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Defense Daily, Friday, November 17, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 34

Boeing Official Talks Up Aurora Acquisition, Still in MQ-25 Competition

A Boeing [BA] executive told reporters on Wednesday that he is “really excited about Aurora” Flight Sciences joining the company and confirmed the company is still in the MQ-25 unmanned carrier tanker program.Chris Raymond, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s autonomous systems business unit, told reporters at the company’s Arlington, Va., office that “I…

Army Leaders Welcome Hill Support For Modernization Plans, Despite Heightened Oversight

Much of the Army’s modernization wish list is funded under the final defense authorization bill passed Nov. 15, but the service can’t spend the money until it convinces Congress the programs are on track.Senior service officials see the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act as a tacit approval of the Army’s near-term modernization strategy, especially regarding…

Lockheed Martin And MDA Finish LRDR Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have finished the critical design review (CDR) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), validating the radar is ready to move into the fabrication, demonstration, and test phase, the company said Thursday.The CDR took place on Sept. 28 and is the second of three design reviews…

Recent Major Storms Cost Coast Guard $1 Billion, Commandant Says

A wave of hurricanes that smashed portions of the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico in August and September has cost the Coast Guard nearly $1 billion, not to mention impacts to readiness and ongoing operations such as drug interdiction, the service’s top official said on Thursday.The monetary costs are related to the need to “rebuild…

Army Seeks Near-Term Fixes, Years-Long Pivot To Modernize Networks

During a multiyear restructuring of the Army’s future battlefield communications network, the service will drop components that do not work, fix those that can be repaired or reconfigured and then “pivot” to a new system that can withstand the rigors of future battlefields.The service has adopted a three-pronged strategy to address concerns that several programs…

DoD Buys Ride On Virgin's New Satellite Launcher

The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased its first flight on LauncherOne, Virgin Orbit's new satellite-launching rocket, the company said Nov. 16.Under an other-transaction-agreement (OTA) award from the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the launch will occur as early as January 2019, Virgin said. The Long…

Senate OKs Defense Authorization Conference Report

The Senate passed the nearly $700 billion fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report by voice vote Nov. 16, sending it to President Donald Trump for his consideration.After the vote, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged Trump “to sign this important legislation into law -- and in doing so…

MetTel To Leverage Raytheon Cyber Capabilities Under New Partnership

Telecommunications company MetTel has formed a partnership with Raytheon [RTN] to leverage its cyber security capabilities for commercial and government projects, including work on a $50 billion General Services Administration (GSA) contract. Under the alliance, announced Tuesday, MetTel will utilize Raytheon’s Automated Threat Intelligence Platform detection system and the company’s advanced managed security services for…

Singapore Commissions Two Littoral Mission Vessels

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commissioned two Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) at Changi Naval Base on Tuesday.The LMVs were developed by the RSN, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, and Singapore’s ST Engineering. The Singapore Defense Ministry said the commissioning of the RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity is a “significant milestone” in the…