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Defense Daily, Tuesday, January 9, 2017, Vol. 277, Issue 5

SpaceX Launches Secretive Zuma Spacecraft

SpaceX launched the U.S. government’s mysterious Zuma spacecraft late Jan. 7 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Built by Northrop Grumman [NOC], Zuma lifted off on a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket on its way to low Earth orbit for an undisclosed agency. Northrop Grumman had no immediate comment on Zuma's fate, but SpaceX, which has…

Out Of The Starting Gate, L3's Kubasik Hires Former Navy Acquisition Chief Stackley

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday said it has hired Sean Stackley, the Navy’s former top acquisition official, to a new position that will have him focus on aligning the company’s capabilities with its strategy, business opportunities, and mergers and acquisitions.The hire is L3 President and CEO Christopher Kubasik’s first as the chief of the company.…

Lockheed Martin Names News Heads For International, MFC

Following the Senate confirmation last week of former Lockheed Martin [LMT] executive John Rood to be the Pentagon’s new policy chief, the company on Monday said that Richard “Rick” Edwards will lead the company’s international business efforts and Frank St. John will head the Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) business area.Edwards, 61, who led MFC…

DoE, Navy, Seek Bids for Naval Nuclear Lab Manager

As part of a joint procurement with the U.S. Navy, the Department of Energy last week solicited bids for a potentially 10-year contract to manage the Naval Nuclear Laboratory.Incumbent Bechtel Marine Power Corp. has been on the job since 2009. The current and follow-on contract includes management and operation of DoE’s Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory…

House Considering Legislation To Reauthorize Warrantless Foreign Surveillance Authority

The House is considering legislation this week to re-authorize an intelligence community (IC) surveillance law that allows for the warrantless collection of foreign suspects’ communications outside of U.S. borders. Lawmakers will vote Thursday to potentially extend an amended version of Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act for another six years, which includes provisions…