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Defense Daily, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 37

Senate Unveils $651 Billion FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) on Nov. 21 unveiled a nearly $651 billion fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill that adds $15.4 billion to the Trump administration’s budget request to boost such areas as aircraft procurement, missile defense, readiness and shipbuilding.The release of the chairman’s mark paves the way for negotiations with the House, which passed…

After Swearing In, Army Secretary Prioritizes Near-Term Readiness

Former Raytheon [RTN] lobbyist and West Point graduate Mark T. Esper was sworn in Nov. 21 as Secretary of the Army, adopting near-term readiness as his top priority as the service’s 23rd senior civilian leader.Esper is the final confirmed service secretary to take office under the Trump administration. Acting secretaries have held the position since…

Cochran's Mark For DHS Provides For 10th National Security Cutter

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Tuesday released his funding recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, including construction of a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard and long-lead material funds for the 11th vessel.The Coast Guard’s program of record for the 418-foot high-endurance NSCs is…

Amazon Launches Cloud Service Platform For Intelligence Community’s Classified Data

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new cloud computing platform catered toward the Intelligence Community’s (IC) need for transferring data designated at the “Secret” level. The new AWS Secret Region, announced Monday, is available to IC partners through Amazon’s [AMZN] current Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract and allows for high-priority security of classified information.“The…

NASA, NOAA Launch JPSS-1 Weather Satellite On ULA Rocket

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched the first of four Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites, which are designed to provide more accurate weather forecasts than existing polar-orbiting satellites.JPSS-1 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 a.m.…