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Defense Daily, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 40

Air Force Team To Study Future Needs For Electronic Warfare

The U.S. Air Force is forming a team to examine how the service should improve its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to stay ahead of potential enemies in that key area.The Air Force is writing the charter for the enterprise capability collaboration team (ECCT) and expects to have the entity up and running by year’s end,…

Open Standards Key To Future Army Electronic Warfare Capability

Standards that define the hardware and software backbones of combat vehicles and other platforms are essential to keeping those weapon systems relevant in a digital world and will be key to fielding future electronic warfare capabilities, according to a top Army scientist.Jason Dirner, head of C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) at the Army…

UT Narrowly Approves LANL Management Bid

The University of Texas’ board of regents narrowly approved a bid Monday on a potentially decade-long contract to manage the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.The University of Texas’ (UT) board of regents voted 4-3 in favor of the motion, which will pair the university with at least one corporate partner as part of…

Lockheed Martin And Indra Extend S-Band Radar Cooperation For Spanish Frigate

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Spain’s Indra have signed an agreement to extend their cooperative relationship developing an S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Spanish navy’s F-110 frigate program, Lockheed Martin said Tuesday.The agreement also establishes a framework to commercialize the solid state radar for other international anti-air program opportunities.The F-110 is a…

Poland Requests $500 Million In AMRAAM and HIMARS Weapons

The State Department approved two separate possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) weapons systems to Poland worth $250 million each, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Nov. 28.DSCA notified Congress of these possible sales on the same day.Poland requested up…

Democrat Introduces Bill To Strengthen Surface Transportation Security

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), the second ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would increase funding for transportation security grants, add more federal mobile security teams and bomb-sniffing dogs, and provide other measures to better secure surface transportation assets.The Surface Transportation and Public Area Security Act of 2017…

Raytheon Protests Air Force Selection Of Northrop Radar For JSTARS Replacement

The U.S. Air Force has picked Northrop Grumman [NOC] to provide the radar for a potential replacement of the aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, but losing bidder Raytheon [RTN] has formally challenged the decision, claiming the evaluation process was flawed, according to analysts at investment bank Jefferies LLC.While the Air Force has not publicly announced its…

PAC-3 Missiles Successfully Intercept Tactical Ballistic Missile Targets

Five Lockheed Martin [LMT] Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 interceptors successfully defeated four tactical ballistic missile targets in a test earlier this month.The Army led a flight test of four PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) and one PAC-2 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors against the four targets at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. A company…

Mission Specific Approach Needed For Increase In Cyber Threats, Widening Attack Vector

The increasing frequency and widening attack vector of cyber warfare threats is forcing military officials to adopt a more mission specific approach to defensive operations rather than attempting to defend entire networks. A greater emphasis on increasing cyber capabilities in the recently passed fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report and a…