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Defense Daily, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 44

Lockheed Martin CEO: Budget Uncertainty Hurts Industry As Much As Military

Defense budget cuts and an ongoing series of stopgaps spending measures is hollowing out the U.S. defense industry as much as Pentagon leaders accuse funding uncertainty for threatening military readiness and modernization, according to Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] chief executive.Speaking to the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., on Dec. 2, CEO Marillyn Hewson…

New Missile-Warning Satellites Must Be Easier To Defend Than Current Ones, General Says

The U.S. Air Force should make its next generation of missile-warning satellites easier to defend than the existing spacecraft due to growing threats from potential enemies, according to the head of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM).The current Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile-warning satellites “are not easy to defend, and that is a significant problem in…

Army Shuffles Combat Vehicle, Communication, Soldier Gear Leadership

After setting the Army’s ground combat systems house in order and on the path to incremental modernization, Maj. Gen. David Bassett is tasked with righting the ship at the program office overseeing its foundering network communications.Bassett on Dec. 4 was reassigned from leading the Ground Combat Vehicles program office in Warren, Mich., to program executive…

Navy Will Focus Zumwalt On Offensive Surface Strike

The Navy is working to change the requirements of the often troubled Zumwalt DDG-1000 destroyers to focus the ship on offensive surface strike missions, a service official said.The Navy is convening a team similar to one used to help create the guided-missile future frigate FFG(X) to also alter the direction of the Zumwalt-class destroyers, Rear…

Rep. McCarthy Says Defense And Domestic Spending Shouldn't Be Treated Equally In Budget Deal

Congress is aiming to pass a short-term resolution this week to give it time to craft a longer term budget agreement that avoids automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, but any budget deal shouldn’t hold increases in defense appropriations hostage to an equal ramp up in domestic funding, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said…

DISA To Hold Cloud Adoption Workshop For Mission Partners

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is holding a symposium Dec. 12 at its Fort Meade, Md., headquarters for Department of Defense mission partners to improve their cloud computing adoption efforts. The training workshop follows a September directive from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan for the department to move toward rapid enterprise-wide cloud adoption.“Using…

MacB Receives $37 Million Task Order To Support Air Force Research Lab Modernization

Defense cyber security services provider MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) has received a five-year, $37 million task order to support the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) information technology modernization efforts.Under the deal, announced Monday, MacB will assist the AFRL’s Enterprise Business System (EBS) with streamlining its applications and software tools, and provide personnel to conduct cyber security…