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Defense Daily, Thursday, January 4, 2018, Vol. 277, Issue 2

Roper To Leave Secretive Pentagon Tech Office

The Trump administration on Jan. 3 announced two nominations for senior weapon buyers in the Pentagon and Air Force, one of which would relinquish the top spot at the shadowy Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO).William Roper, the current and only director of the SCO, is tapped to become the Air Force chief weapon buyer. Founded in…

Senate Returns NASA Pick To White House

The controversial nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator has been returned to the White House, a congressional aide said Jan. 3.The move came after key senators, including Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), an influential voice on space matters, objected to the idea of having a politician run what has traditionally been a…

KPMG To Acquire Identity And Access Management Business Of Cyberinc

The auditing and consulting firm KPMG LLP on Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire the global identity and access management business of Cyberinc, providing it with additional talent for its information security consulting services.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cyberinc, which is based in California’s Silicon Valley, is a subsidiary of Aurionpro Solutions…

DoD Seeking University-Industry Partnerships For New Research Program

The Department of Defense has launched a new pilot program aimed at funding academia-industry research partnerships to meet technological challenges related to power beaming, highly‐maneuverable UAVs, soft active composites and metamaterial-based antennas. The new Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI), announced Wednesday, will provide $6 million in funding to four programs of university and industry partners…

Software Firm Touts DHS Award To Develop Active Cyber Defense Technology

NexiTech, a software firm based in Colorado, has received a small contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop active cyber defense technology for the financial services industry.The $194,000 contract will be applied toward NexiTech’s Moving Target Defense platform for protecting storage devices and networks.“This project could potentially be of great interest to…

BAE Wins Two Destroyer Depot Modernization Contracts

The Navy awarded Britain’s BAE Systems two firm-fixed-price contracts for fiscal year 2018 depot modernization period (DMP) availabilities on the USS Howard (DDG-83) and USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) Arleigh Burke-class destroyers worth a combined $90 million.A Dec. 26 Defense Department contract announcement said these contracts were awarded on Dec. 22.The Howard modernization is specified as…

Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable Finishes Repairs And Heads To Guam

The USS Frank Cable (AS-40) submarine tender finished its planned dry-dock repair availability in Portland, Ore., and steamed to its homeport in Guam on Dec. 21, the Navy said Dec. 28.Vigor Industrial completed $56 million of improvements, maintenance, equipment repairs, and steel renewal over eight months in Portland.The Frank Cable is one of the two…

SpaceX Aims To Launch Secretive Zuma Spacecraft This Week

The U.S. government’s mysterious Zuma spacecraft, whose launch was postponed from November, is now slated to lift off Jan. 5, according to SpaceX.The Falcon 9 rocket that will carry Zuma to low Earth orbit underwent a propellant loading test Jan. 3 on its launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX tweeted.Zuma was…