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Defense Daily, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 49

Trump Tells NASA To Return Humans To The Moon

President Donald Trump signed a directive Dec. 11 instructing NASA to send American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission 45 years ago.At a White House signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive-1, Trump said that “long-term exploration and use” of the Moon will restore U.S. leadership in space and…

FireEye Report: Industry To Face Cloud-Based Cyber Attacks, New Nation-State Threats

Nation-state adversaries and cyber actors are preparing new cyber capabilities to steal critical data held in the cloud, according to FireEye’s [FEYE] latest security predictions for 2018.FireEye released its cyber predictions report Dec, 7, and the cyber security company sees new tools used to expose vulnerabilities in cloud computing services and state-sponsored threat activities as…

Army Announces Second Advise-And-Assist Unit Based At Fort Bragg

The Army on Friday announced the creation of its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), specially trained units that focus on advising and assisting partner and allied militaries.The second SFAB will be stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and will be formally activated in January. It is the second of six planned SFABs, which are specially…

U.S., Korea To Focus Research Dollars On Command, Logistics Compatibility

The U.S. and South Korean militaries form one of the most intimate and sophisticated alliances in the world but lack command-and-control capabilities that will enable them to seamlessly operate in the event of war, according to a former Pentagon official.Tommy Ross, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for security cooperation and now a senior…

Boeing Boosts Dividend, Share Repurchase Program

Flush with strong cash flow, Boeing [BA] on Monday said it is increasing its shareholder dividend and replacing its stock repurchase program with a larger one.The new quarterly dividend will be $1.71 per share, a 20 percent increase over the current level, and will be payable in March 2018. Boeing said it has raised its…

Vance Air Force Base Resumes T-6A Flights

Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma resumed flying its T-6A Texan II trainer planes Dec. 5 after grounding the turboprops for nearly three weeks due to recent physiological events.While investigators have not pinpointed the cause of the incidents, Vance plans to “temporarily apply local procedures to mitigate risk to flight operations and aircrew,” the base…