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Defense Daily, Thursday, December 14, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 51

NASA Urges More Data Collection To Help Fix F/A-18 Oxygen Woes

A congressionally mandated review has been unable to determine why air crews of Navy F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets have experienced an increase in oxygen deprivation and other physiological episodes (PEs) over the past few years, according to a report by NASA's Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), which performed the study.But NASA offered several…

All Navy T-45 Trainers To Get A New Oxygen-Monitoring System, Wicker Says

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower said Wednesday the Navy is working to equip every T-45C Goshawk trainer aircraft with a new oxygen-monitoring system by February.In a statement, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said this and other new upgrades “should help alert pilots to dangerous declines in oxygen production or pressure levels.”The…

SOCOM Chief: Offensive Cyber Hindered By Slow Acquisition, Outdated Policy

Offensive cyber operations could be a powerful weapon for U.S. Special Operations Command and the conventional services, but its potential is hindered by outdated policy and sluggish acquisition, according to SOCOM chief Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas.“We have the technology. We just have to embrace it as an essential weapon in our arsenal,” he said Dec.…

Air Force Eyes Autonomous Flight Safety For All Space Launches

The U.S. Air Force says it plans to implement an autonomous flight safety system (AFSS) for all of its space launches in the next five years to make its operations more efficient.During traditional Air Force launches, a flight termination system uses various sensors, including telemetry, radars, optics and command destruct antennas, to allow operators to…

LRASM Completes Another Successful Flight Test

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin [LMT] successfully completed a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) flight test on Dec. 8 to complete another program milestone, the service said Tuesday.In the test, an Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber crew simultaneously launched two LRASMs against several moving maritime targets for the first time over Point Mugu…

New CWMD Office Will Integrate Chem-Bio Needs Into DNDO Business Model

The stand up last week of a new office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that consolidates support operations across the spectrum of threats from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be able to build on existing authorities intelligence analysis and capabilities development in the radiological and nuclear detection space and apply those to…

Phillips Appointed To Take Helm At ManTech

ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday said that it has appointed Kevin Phillips, the company’s president and chief operating officer (COO), to be its next CEO starting on Jan. 1, 2018.Phillips will take over for George Pedersen, the company’s current chairman and CEO, who will continue as executive chairman with responsibilities for strategy and direction, and…

Army Cyber-Electromagnetic Spectrum Program Needs Industry Engagement, Training Center Testing

The Army is seeking further engagement with industry and more opportunities to test new equipment at combat training centers as it moves ahead with its pilot program to integrate cyber and electromagnetic capabilities.The cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) initiative aims to improve training environments for offensive kits and cyber resilient capabilities to combat rapidly changing threats…