« Archive »

Defense Daily, Friday, January 12, 2018, Vol. 277, Issue 8

Navy Still Has No Plans For DDG-1000 Gun Ammo

The Navy still does not have any planned replacement rounds for the three-ship DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer main guns, officials said at the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium this week.Capt. James Kirk, working in the Pentagon’s resource sponsor shop, confirmed the Navy is still looking at future technologies to put into the gun ammunition. Kirk spoke…

Navy Looking At Saab For Interim Anti-Sub Training

Sweden’s Saab announced Monday it will demonstrate its AUV62-AT anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system for the U.S. Navy as the service looks into an interim solution to replace its aging ASW target.The announcement came ahead of the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium.The Navy has been using the MK 30 Mod 1 ASW target for over…

New Immigration Bill Appears To Balance Physical Barriers, Technology Deployments

An immigration bill introduced late Wednesday afternoon by four House Republicans includes attempts to balance deployments of physical barriers and technology for border security purposes, including technologies at and between ports of entry.The Securing America’s Future Act (H.R.  4760) shows that at least some key Republicans in Congress don’t believe a wall along southern border…

In UAS Assessments, Coast Guard Finding Success In Drug Interdictions

An ongoing operational assessment of small unmanned aircraft systems aboard a Coast Guard cutter has demonstrated new ways to help in drug interdiction missions and increase the chances of catching drug smugglers at sea without tipping them off and giving them an opportunity to ditch their contraband and other material, the Commandant of the Coast…

Rep. Hice Named to House Armed Services Committee

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee to replace Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who recently resigned from Congress.Hice, a long-time minister, has been a congressman since in 2015. He represents part of Fort Gordon, home to Army Cyber Command.“I’m eager to get to work on the most urgent security…

Army Consolidates Apache Testing With New Missile, Other Capability Ugrades

In order to concurrently test fire a new missile from the aircraft, the Army is delaying follow-on test and evaluation of the AH-64E Apache gunship by a year, according to service aviation officials.To “increase efficiency and effectiveness” of testing technology insertions in the AH-64E, FOT&E – previously scheduled for the third quarter of fiscal 2018…

DoD Still Mum On Fate Of Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft

Four days after the U.S. government’s classified Zuma spacecraft apparently failed after being launched on a SpaceX rocket, the Department of Defense remained mum on exactly what happened.At a Pentagon press briefing Jan. 11, DoD spokeswoman Dana White declined to comment on the matter, referring questions to SpaceX.“We’re not going to be able to give…

NAVSEA Officials Seek Accelerated Acquisition, Modular Approach To Unmanned Systems

Navy officials are looking to move forward with a modular systems approach to speed up acquisition of incremental capabilities and focus delivery efforts for its unmanned maritime systems. Building on several unmanned undersea vehicle programs started last year, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) leadership intends to fund multiple training operations through 2018 in the hopes…

House Passes Bill To Reauthorize NSA’s 702 Warrantless Surveillance Program

The House passed a bill Thursday reauthorizing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) authority to conduct warrantless surveillance against foreign suspects outside of the U.S.Lawmakers voted 256-164 across party lines to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act for another six years, and offered minimal changes in the legislation despite lengthy debate about…

Army Network Study Team To Kick Off With Industry Event At Aberdeen

To inform industry of Army tactical network modernization needs and priorities, the Army’s newly formed Network Cross Functional Team (CFT) will hold a tactical-network related information forum  in February at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.Hosted in cooperation with Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO-C3T), the two-day event will run Feb. 6-7 and serve as…