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Defense Daily, Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Vol. 277, Issue 1

Pentagon Begins Year Of Restructure With Uncertain Funding

The Pentagon begins 2018 again operating under a stopgap funding measure that limits spending while officials begin a systematic restructuring of the department and anticipate further changes prescribed by a flurry of reports due in coming months. A new National Defense Strategy (NDS) focusing on streamlining the Pentagon bureaucracy and achieving greater efficiency is expected…

Air Force To Test New Swarming Cruise Missile On F-16

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to use an F-16 fighter jet to conduct initial demonstrations of its new Gray Wolf cruise missile, according to Lockheed Martin [LMT], one of two companies recently awarded contracts to develop the weapon.The missile, which will use “networked, collaborative behaviors,” or swarming, to defeat integrated air defense systems, will…

Boeing Gets Contracts To Build F-15s For Qatar, KC-46 For Japan

Boeing [BA] has formally snagged two major foreign orders for military planes: F-15QA fighters for Qatar and a KC-46 tanker for Japan.The Pentagon announced Dec. 22 that Boeing was awarded a $6.2 billion contract to build 36 F-15QAs for the Qatar Emiri Air Force by the end of 2022. The F-15QA will be the Qatari…

Gigamon Acquired By Private Investors

The network monitoring solutions firm Gigamon, Inc., last week was acquired by the private investment firm Elliott Management and Qatar’s state-owned management fund Qatar Investment Authority for $1.6 billion.“With the acquisition complete, our team will continue to execute strategic initiatives that will both empower our customers with new, rich functionality and drive Gigamon to the…

TSA Updates Technology Investment Plan

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week released an updated version of its 2015 technology investment plan that outlines changes in its development and acquisition expectations, new initiatives, and cyber security efforts that arose following a breach of government personnel records two years ago.The new plan also describes the way ahead for screening of carry-on…

LCS-14 Completes Acceptance Trials

The Austal USA-built future USS Manchester (LCS-14) Littoral Combat Ship finished acceptance trials on December 15, the Navy said Dec. 27.The trials for the seventh Independence-variant LCS included intense comprehensive tests by Austal’s industry team while the ship was in-port and underway in the Gulf of Mexico. This demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s…

Agencies Behind DHS Deadline To Implement New Email Security Protocols

Federal agencies are following a Department of Homeland Security directive to implement new protocols meant to bolster their email cyber security, but more than half of all government domains won't have the new tool to curb phishing attacks by the January deadline, according to a new report.A new report released Tuesday from cyber security company…

Army Awards Kratos $93 Million Deal For Unmanned Aerial Drone Systems

The Army has awarded Kratos’ [KTOS] Unmanned Systems Division (KUSD) a $93 million deal for advanced subscale aerial drone systems and an unmanned target aircraft. Funding for the deal, announced Tuesday, will be determined with each order and is expected to reach completion in December 2022."The receipt of this $93 million contract award for Kratos…

Northrop Grumman $255 Million Contract For Three More MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft

The Naval Sir Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $255 million modification to produce three Lot 3 low-rate initial production (LRIP) MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on Dec. 28.The Triton is planned to be the Navy’s unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft.Northrop Grumman delivered the first operational Triton in November at the U.S. Navy’s…