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Defense Daily, Thursday, December 7, 2018, Vol. 276, Issue 46

CBP Plans To Add Facial Recognition To Trusted Traveler Program

Having already committed to using facial recognition technology to verify the identities of foreign nationals departing the U.S. on international flights, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to add the technology to its premier trusted traveler program for participating U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the country by air, the agency’s senior official…

Webb Telescope’s Launch Slips To 2019

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which was scheduled for October 2018, will be delayed five to eight months because integration and testing are taking longer than expected, a NASA official said Dec. 6.The liftoff of the $8.8 billion, Northrop Grumman [NOC]-built observatory is now expected to occur sometime between March and June of…

Air Force’s First KC-46A Tanker Takes First Flight

Boeing [BA] has begun flight-testing the first KC-46A Pegasus refueling plane that it plans to deliver to the U.S. Air Force, the company announced late Dec. 5.During the tanker’s first flight, the 767 derivative took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 10:32 a.m. Pacific time on Dec. 5 and flew for about three…

Top Marine: Budget Uncertainty Creates Conditions That Costs Lives

Without the budget to maintain legacy aircraft, Marine Corps pilots are not flying the hours they need to remain proficient, which causes crashes and further reduces the number of aircraft available, according to Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.The cycle is costing Marine lives in high-profile crashes and causing some pilots to exit the service because…

Canada Declines Last Minute FREMM Proposal For Future Frigate

The Canadian government’s procurement agency rejected a last-minute bid by France’s Naval Group and Italy’s Fincantieri to propose their FREMM frigate to satisfy the country’s new frigate project.Canada closed bids on the bids for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program on Nov. 30. The government previously said there were 12 eligible bidders for this future…

House Science Panel Chairman Asks DHS To Provide Documents Related To Kaspersky Ban

A House science panel is requesting the Department of Homeland Security provide all documents related to its directive for all federal agencies departments to remove Kaspersky Lab software products from their systems, following concerns on the Russian-based company’s alleged ties to the Kremlin. Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology (SST) Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas)…

Navy Leaders Say Budget Delays Cost Billions, Set Up Oversight Board For Mishap Recommendation

Top Navy officials on Monday clarified how much budget delays have cost the service and revealed a new oversight board to implement various recommendations meant to prevent future ship mishaps.Navy Secretary Richard Spencer reiterated the common element defense and congressional defense committee officials raise regarding the billions of dollars continuing resolutions (CRs) have cost the…