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DDI for Fri. June 8, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 23

Pratt Awarded $2 Billion Mod For F-35 Engine Equipment

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded United Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] Pratt & Whitney a $2 billion modification for engine equipment to support F-35 low-rate initiation production Lot 11 aircraft, the Defense Department said on May 31.This modification adds funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems. It includes…

SOUTHCOM Head Pushes Area As AI Testbed, Dealing With Russia/China Competition

The head of Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is advocating his forces as a place to test new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning while separately dealing with increasing military sales competition from Russian and China.SOUTHCOM does not often get much attention in defense strategy or budgets, but commander Adm. Kurt Tidd is arguing its…

French Services Firm Capgemini To Acquire Leidos’ Commercial Cyber Business

France’s Capgemini on June 7 said it has agreed to acquire the commercial cyber security services business from Leidos [LDOS], which will continue to provide cyber solutions to its government customers.Terms of the deal, which is expected to close later in 2018, were not disclosed. Capgemini, which provides professional and consulting services, said the pending acquisition will complement its…