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Defense Daily, Monday, December 11, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 48

Defense Watch

CR Enacted. President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 8 a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government running until Dec. 22. The two-week CR, which the House and Senate passed the previous day, succeeds the CR that had been in effect since fiscal year 2018 began Oct. 1.Franks Resigns. Rep. Trent Franks…

SAIC Posts Slight Top And Bottom Line Gains In Third Quarter

Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC] last Thursday posted higher earnings and sales in its third quarter due to federal contracts in its defense and civilian portfolios and lower interest expense.Net income eked out a 2 percent gain to $43 million, 98 cents earnings per share (EPS), from $42 million (91 cents EPS) a year ago,…

Army Aiming To Dramatically Reduce Requirements Process For New Weapons

The newly confirmed Army secretary is determined to shorten the time it takes to develop and field new technologies to soldiers.Mark Esper intends to shrink the time it takes to develop requirements for a weapon system from an average five years to just 12 months, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee Dec. 7.“The Army…

DoE Officials Pushing Industry Partnerships To Combat Critical Infrastructure Cyber Threats

The Department of Energy is placing an increased emphasis on public-private partnerships to combat future cybers threats to critical infrastructure operational technology (OT), according to written testimony from a department official to a House energy panel. A House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee hearing on Friday to examine the DoE’s role in establishing cyber security…

Army Seeking Stryker-Mounted Air Defense System

The Army is seeking proposals for short-range air defense (SHORAD) capabilities aboard a Stryker wheeled fighting vehicle to protect units from enemy aircraft, especially the proliferating threat of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).A request for information (RFI) released Dec. 7 outlines the Army’s need to “defend maneuver formations and other tactical echelons from low-altitude air attack…

AT&L Moves Oversight Of GPS III Satellites, KC-46A Tanker To Air Force

Decision-making authority for several major U.S. Air Force programs, including the Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite constellation and the KC-46A tanker, shifted from the Pentagon’s acquisition chief to the service last week, according to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.Other programs transferred to the Air Force Nov. 30 include the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management…

Raytheon Establishes Subsidiary In UAE

Raytheon [RTN] on Dec. 7 said it has created a subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates to further strengthen its partnerships in the small Middle Eastern country that is a key customer.“The establishment of Raytheon Emirates is a strong step forward in our longstanding alliance with the United Arab Emirates,” Thomas Kennedy, Raytheon’s chairman and CEO,…

Canada To End Super Hornet Deal, Will Buy Used Australian Jets

Canada is reportedly planning to trash its plan to buy 18 new Boeing [BA) F-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and will instead purchase a fleet of used Australian jets.According to a Reuters report this week, the Canadian government will announce this decision next week after getting into a dispute with Boeing over a trade…