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Defense Daily, Tuesday, June 26, Vol. 278, Issue 58

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Nears Key Design Review

The U.S. Air Force, which has been developing the B-21 Raider for almost three years, is on track to conduct a critical design review (CDR) by year’s end, a service official said June 25.“We are on our way to critical design review,” said Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which oversees the bomber…

Senate Appropriators Back Administration on Border Security Funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that prioritizes building physical barriers along the southern border more so than additional technology deployments.The committee’s markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s spending bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related infrastructure, the same as requested,…

A-29 Light-Attack Plane Crashes During Air Force Experiment

An A-29 Super Tucano crashed June 22 during a training flight for the Air Force’s light-attack aircraft experiment, killing one of its aircrew members.Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua, N.Y., died when the A-29 he was piloting crashed at 11:30 a.m. Mountain time over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of the…

DoD Agency Integrates New Verizon Unified Communication Platform

Verizon [VZ] said last week that a Pentagon agency has completed migration to one of its unified communication platform, resulting in the elimination of two legacy systems for a next-generation communications solution.The unnamed Department of Defense office integrated the unified communication platform under the “Everything Over IP” initiative, which was led by Verizon and engineering…

New DoD CIO To Take Over Lead Of Pentagon Cloud Initiatives

The Pentagon’s new chief information officer is replacing the Defense Digital Service as the lead for the department’s cloud computing efforts, the deputy secretary of defense said Monday.DoD CIO Dana Deasy will now oversee the controversial multi-billion dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) cloud project, which has yet to receive a final RFP and has…

Lockheed Martin Receives $358 Million ATACMS Deal, Readying Precision Strike Missile Testing In 2019

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has received a $358 million deal to produce ATACMS missiles for the Army and a foreign customer, while the company readies to begin testing in 2019 for the program’s replacement, the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) offering, officials said Monday.Under the deal announced Monday, Lockheed Martin will modernize and refurbish 290 ATACMS for…