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Defense Daily, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Vol. 277, Issue 6

NNSA Administrator Klotz To Retire Jan. 19

National Nuclear Security Administrator Frank Klotz told sister publication Weapons Complex Morning Briefing on Tuesday he will retire from the semi-autonomous Department of Energy nuclear-weapon agency on Jan. 19.If he leaves the agency as planned in two weeks, the retired Air Force lieutenant general will have helmed the NNSA for three years, nine months, and 12…

Navy Confirms New Frigate Nearly $1 Billion Each, 4-6 Concept Awards By Spring

Naval Sea Systems Command confirmed today that each new Guided-Missile Frigate, beyond the first unit, has an expected end cost of $950 million each.This cost, in constant 2018 dollars, is the expected average threshold cost of each ship after the initial hull, Regan Campbell, program manager of the frigate program office (PMS 515) in PEO…

Sen. Scott Named To Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will fill a vacancy on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Jan. 9.Scott will replace former Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who lost his re-election bid last year.The appointment preserves the Republican Party’s one-seat majority on the committee. The SASC's membership already includes South Carolina’s…

SpaceX Says Its Rocket Did Not Doom Zuma Spacecraft

SpaceX insisted Jan. 9 that its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which lifted off two days earlier with the U.S. government's secretive Zuma payload, was not to blame for the apparent failure of the mission.Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, said in a statement that after a “review of all data to date, Falcon 9…

L3 Hires Former MDA Director O'Reilly For New Engineering Position

A day after adding a former Navy acquisition chief to its executive roster, L3 Technologies [LLL] on Tuesday said it has hired retired Army Lt. Gen. Patrick “Pat” O’Reilly, former director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), to a new corporate engineering role.O’Reilly will report to Paul DeLia, L3’s Chief Technology Officer, and will help…

Raytheon Awarded $1.5 Billion Deal For Additional Patriot Missile Defense Capabilities

Raytheon [RTN] is starting 2018 with a new deal worth more than $1.5 billion for additional missile defense capabilities from one member of the 14-nation group that owns a Patriot system.The company did not disclose what capabilities were purchased or which country currently owning a Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System awarded the contract.…

House Passes Bevy Of Homeland Security Bills

The House on Tuesday approved a number of homeland security bills, including ones related to cyber security, aviation security and counter-terrorism.The SAFE TECH Act (H.R. 4561), introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), would give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) one year from enactment to create a program to allow third parties to test transportation security…

State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan

The State Department has approved a possible $133.3 million deal with Japan for four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Tuesday of the foreign military sale (FMS).“If concluded, this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States by enhancing Japan’s…