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Defense Daily, Monday, December 4, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 43

Defense Watch

New CR? The House plans to pass a "short-term" continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running when the current CR expires Dec. 8, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The length of the CR is still under discussions, “so stay tuned on that,” Ryan said at a press conference Nov. 30. Ryan…

GAO And Navy Agree Lack of Available Amphibious Ships Limits Training

A top Navy official agreed with a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that the service’s dearth of amphibious ships is decreasing its ability to train for many amphibious priorities.Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), told a House Armed Services readiness subcommittee hearing Dec. 1, that due…

Drone Sighting At Air Force Bomber Base Shows Need For Defenses, General Says

A recent drone sighting at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri underscores the need for the Air Force to continue developing systems to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that trespass on its installations, according to a four-star general.“That got real to us not too long ago with Whiteman,” said Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air…

Army Training Chief Calls For Expanded Use Of Virtual Reality

Simulation and virtual training are critical to lowering the amount of funding spent on educating soldiers and to preparing soldiers for the complexity of future combat, according to the general in charge of training troops.Gen. David Perkins, chief of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), said Nov. 28 that live virtual constructive and synthetic training will…

House Intelligence Committee Approves Bill To Extend FISA Section 702 Through 2021

A House panel approved a bill Friday to re-authorize an intelligence community surveillance program which allows for the collection of information on foreign adversaries and terrorists located outside the U.S. without the need for a warrant.The House Intelligence Committee voted 13-8 to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for another four…