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Defense Daily, Friday, June 22, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 56

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21.Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as they…

House Votes Down Border Security, Immigration Bill

The House on Thursday afternoon voted down the first of two Republican bills under consideration for bolstering border security and introducing immigration reforms as enough Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing the measure.After the defeat of the first bill, House Republican leaders postponed a vote until at least Friday on similar legislation that was considered…

Army Needs New Cyber, Hypersonics Technologies To Meet ‘Changing Character Of War,’ Milley Says

The Army chief of staff wants to see an industry push on critical cyber and hypersonics technologies to surpass near-peer adversaries race toward emerging capabilities he described as “changing the character of war.”Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff, told attendees at a Thursday event on national security that the push towards establishing a Futures Command…

Air Force Replacing Defective Fan Blades In Fighter Engines

The U.S. Air Force discovered a fan blade defect in Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229 fighter-jet engine while investigating a mishap, according to service officials.“Once they tore into the root cause [of the mishap], they noticed that there was a defect with the actual blades in the engine,” said Maj. Gen. John Rauch, commander of the…

Sikorsky's Prototype Attack Chopper Lifts Off After Nearly A Year On The Ground

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider's flight test program has lifted off after being grounded for nearly a year. The demonstrator met its flight objectives Tuesday.Sikorsky Vice President for Future Vertical Lift Dan Spoor said test pilots Bill Fell and John Groth flew the complete flight test card, flying the aircraft for 90 minutes at Sikorsky's facility in…

Coronado Starts New Fire Scout Tests

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS-4) started a new round of operational testing with the Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on June 15, the Navy said on Thursday.This new round of trials, off the coast of San Diego, is focused on testing the Fire Scout’s ability to operate with other…