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Defense Daily, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 54

New National Security Strategy Promotes Economic Might To Fuel Military Moderization

The Trump Administration on Dec. 18 released an America First national security strategy that promotes domestic economic growth as fuel for beefing up the military, modernizing its weapons and projecting might abroad.Instead of isolating the United States, the document calls for a policy of “peace through strength” in which the United States does not shrink…

Thales To Acquire Gemalto In Acceleration Of Digital Security Strategy

France’s Thales on Sunday said it has agreed to acquire Gemalto, a provider of a range of digital security solutions and capabilities, in a $5.7 billion deal to accelerate its strategy around digital technologies and data security.Thales beat out France-based Atos, a European information technology services provider, which previously made an unsolicited $5.1 billion cash…

Bell V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype Achieves First Flight

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor lifted off Dec. 18, marking a first for Bell Helicopter’s offering in the Army’s Joint Multirole technology demonstration (JMR-TD).The company did not immediately provide information about the duration or other characteristics of the V-280's first flight. Video and still images from the company show the aircraft lifting off from Bell's…

FAA Bans Drone Flights Over Seven Energy Department Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced that it is prohibiting flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over seven Department of Energy sites around the country.Drone flights will be banned from the surface to 400 feet above ground level at the Hanford Site in Washington state, the Pantex Plant in Texas, the Los Alamos National Laboratory…

Kaspersky Files Appeal To DHS Ban In Federal Court

Moscow-based software company Kaspersky Lab filed an appeal in federal court Monday challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s directive for federal agencies to remove its products from their networks.Kaspersky’s lawsuit asserts a lack of due process in banning its products from government use and refutes DHS’ allegations of the company’s ties to Kremlin intelligence gathering…

New White House National Security Strategy Calls For Risk-Informed Responses To Cyber Threats

The White House’s new national security strategy calls for adopting a risk-informed approach to cyber responses needed to address new domain threats from nation-state adversaries, including Russia and China, and protect critical infrastructure from coordinated attacks. President Trump delivered a speech Monday following the release of his administration’s strategy and cited the need for a…

Lawmakers Push For Funding To Restart A-10 Wing Production

A group of 20 lawmakers led by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) is urging leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include funding in the final fiscal year 2018 defense spending package to buy new wings for the Air Force’s aging but heavily used A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft.In a Dec. 15 letter, the…

Coast Guard Planning Launch Of First Satellites

The Coast Guard in 2018, with the help of other government partners, is planning to launch its first ever satellites, which will be used to demonstrate the use of the platforms for search and rescue mission in the Arctic region.One of the Coast Guard’s partners, the Science and Technology branch of the Department of Homeland…