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Defense Daily, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 41

Romania Signs Agreement To Buy Patriot Missile Defense System

Romania’s government signed an agreement to buy Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system from the U.S. Army, the company said Wednesday.The agreement, called a Letter of Offer and Acceptance opens Romania to reach initial operational capability (IOC) for Patriot relatively quickly and sets up contract negotiations between the U.S. government and…

Paper-Based Voting Machines, Increased Funding Necessary For Improved Election System Cyber Security

Paperless voting systems, routine audits and increased funding for state and local election officials are essential components needed to ensure the cyber security of voting infrastructure in the face of continued interference in elections, according to witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday.The House Subcommittees on Information Technology (IT) and Intergovernmental Affairs discussed election system integrity…

NASA Finalizing Plan To Promote Commercial Human Spaceflight In Low Earth Orbit

NASA is putting the finishing touches on a congressionally mandated plan to increase commercial human activity on the International Space Station (ISS) and other potential low-Earth-orbit platforms, an agency official said Nov. 29.The plan, which is due to Congress Dec. 1, is required by the NASA transition authorization act of 2017, which President Donald Trump…

Lockheed Martin Team Submits Proposal For Canadian Surface Combatant

Lockheed Martin [LMT] delivered its team’s proposal for the next generation Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program two days before procurement closed, the company said Tuesday.The company is partnering with Britain’s BAE Systems, Canada’s CAE, L3 Technologies [LLL], Canada’s MDA, and Britain’s Ultra Electronics to call itself Canada’s Combat Ship Team. The group is offering the…

DoD Cyber Officials: Cyber Command Will Need Unified Leadership To Meet Future Objectives

Elevating U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command will be a first step for setting Department of Defense cyber warfare objectives, but establishing unified command leadership will be necessary for enacting effective operational strategies. Panelists at a Tuesday cyber conference discussed future cyber tactics finding success with a joint campaign approach receiving unified directives…

Coast Guard Begins Reviewing Options To Replace Inland Cutter Fleet

The Coast Guard is reviewing its options for replacing the capabilities provided by its fleet of aging cutters and barges for supporting aids to navigation on federal waterways in the interior of the U.S.The service’s fleet of inland cutters, most of which have been operating for more than 50 years, includes 35 vessels in nine…

Northrop Grumman Deal For Orbital ATK On Track After Shareholder Vote

Orbital ATK’s [OA] stockholders on Wednesday voted in favor of their company’s being acquired by Northrop Grumman [NOC], keeping the pending deal on track for a close in the first half of 2018.The nearly $8 billion acquisition still must receive regulatory approvals.Orbital ATK said that holders of more than 99 percent of the company’s common…

USS John S. McCain Heading Back To Japan From Philippines

The damaged USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) left Subic Bay in the Philippines to head towards Yokosuka, Japan, aboard a heavy lift vessel after repairing additional damage incurred by bad weather, the Navy said Monday.In October, the severely damaged Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, aboard the heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure, was travelling from Singapore’s Changi…