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Defense Daily, Monday, June 18, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 52

Defense Watch: Bill on Senate Floor, HASC/SASC Hearings, NASA Deputy

Defense Bill. The Senate plans to resume consideration of its $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill on June 18 at 3 p.m. A vote to pass the legislation could occur as early as that evening. The Senate spent much of the previous week discussing the bill.HASC Hearings.  The House Armed Services Committee intends…

Senate Panel Backs Space Station Funding Beyond 2025

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has rebuffed the Trump administration’s proposal to end federal funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025.In a new report explaining its fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, the committee said it supports maintaining ISS funding “beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s objectives”…

Army Looking For Industry Solutions To Expand Soldier Control Of Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles

PARIS--The Army is actively looking to industry for new robotics capabilities to tether unmanned ground and air systems, including tools to allow soldiers control over multiple autonomous vehicles from one system.Don Sando, deputy to commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, told attendees at the Eurosatory conference here last week that the next…

Report: Switching From Russian To U.S. Helicopters Undercuts Afghan Capability

Afghanistan’s military is fielding UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that lack the lift capacity and flight capabilities of the Russian Mi-17s it currently flies, which are also simpler to fly and maintain than the U.S.-made aircraft, according to a U.S. Defense Department watchdog report.The Defense Department is replacing the Mi-17 with Black Hawks to provide additional…

DISA Awards $7.5 Billion In New Systems And Engineering Contracts To 14 Companies

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded $7.5 billion in systems and engineering services contracts to 14 companies, the agency said on Friday.The new Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contract vehicle is intended to meet flexible technology needs across the Pentagon and deliver near-term, agile solutions, including for network programs and warfighter mobility services.“The…

Security, Resilience, Innovation And Collaboration Key Themes In Canada's New Cyber Strategy

The Canadian government last week released a new strategy to guide its approach to cyber security in the digital age, outlining the themes of security and resilience, cyber innovation, and leadership and collaboration, for the government and its partners to work together on.“The federal government will lead the effort to achieve these goals in an…