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Defense Daily, Thursday, December 21, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 56

Newport News-BWXT Team Lands $1.39B Deal for LANL Legacy Cleanup

A team comprised of Stoller Newport News Nuclear and BWX Technologies [BWXT] has been awarded a $1.39 billion contract valued for cleanup of legacy wastes at the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.This will be Stoller’s first major operational contract at the nuclear weapons lab, where BWXT is an old hand as…

State Department Approves $200 Million Deal With Poland For F-16 Follow-On Support

The State Department has approved a possible $200 million deal with Poland for follow-on support to sustain its fleet of F-16 aircraft.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Wednesday of the foreign military sale (FMS) for aircraft maintenance and upgrades, as well as engine support.“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and…

New Army, Marine Corps Manual Lays Out Plans For Future Urban Combat

With half the world’s population living in cities, both the Army and Marine Corps foresee intense urban combat as a likely element of future wars, leading to the publication of a new manual on how to fight those battles.In megacities, which will be home to 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050, the U.S.…

Boeing Announces $300 Million In Investments Due To Tax Reform Bill

Following congressional approval on Wednesday of a contentious federal tax reform bill that will see the corporate tax rate plummet to 21 percent from the current 35 percent rate, Boeing [BA] said it plans $300 million in incremental investments and charitable contributions as a result of the pending law.The company said the bill, which President…

Navy Takes Delivery Of Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship

The U.S. Navy accepted the delivery of the ninth of 12 expeditionary fast transport vessels, the USNS City of Bismarck (EPF-9) on Tuesday.EPFs are shallow draft non-combat transport catamarans designed for personnel and cargo sealift mobility within a theater. They can be used when dealing with basic and degraded offload points. They can interface with…

Sen. Schumer Resists Placing Defense ‘Anomalies’ In New CR

As lawmakers continued negotiations Dec. 20 on a new continuing resolution (CR), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats would oppose attempts to include "anomalies” that are designed to get around defense spending limits.While the new CR would generally freeze funding at the previous fiscal year’s level and prevent the start of new programs, Republicans…

Sea Ceptor Finishes British Firing Trials

The British Royal Navy successfully completed qualification firings of the Sea Ceptor air defense system, the last First of Class firing trials for the new system, builder MBDA said Wednesday.The Royal Navy and MBDA are developing the Sea Ceptor to provide air defense for the upcoming Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigate and other…

Air Force Awards $2.2 Billion Contract To Support T-6 Trainer

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a five-year contract valued at up to $2.2 billion to JPATS Logistics Services to manage the supply chain for T-6 Texan II training aircraft, the Department of Defense announced Dec. 20.The work by the Florida-based firm will be performed at about 10 Air Force, Navy and Army bases, DoD…

Northrop Focusing On Data Analytics To Improve Post Delivery Logistics For ISR Capabilities

With modernization and upgrades of military ISR capabilities receiving increased focus, Northrop Grumman [NOC] is placing an emphasis on data analytics to improve the post-delivery logistics process with its customers. Northrop Grumman officials are working with military partners to devise metrics aimed at better predicting the mission effectiveness of its software defined systems and unmanned aircraft,…