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Defense Daily, Wednesday, July 11, Vol. 279, Issue 7

NNSA Could Take Tritium Mission Away From Savannah River Site

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is considering a radical restructuring of its nuclear weapons mission at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, including moving some work to another location.Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the semiautonomous Department of Energy agency, said she must at least consider winding down certain operations at the Aiken, S.C., campus…

House Science Dems Ask GAO To Examine Cyber Threats To U.S. Electric Grid

Given the prevalence of cyber-attacks and intrusions against critical infrastructure globally, leading Democrats on a House panel have requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate cyber security threats to the U.S. electric grid.“The threats against our critical infrastructure are widespread, growing, and deeply concerning,” the ranking members on the Science, Space & Technology Committee, say…

Report: Air Force Needs Expanded Use Of Unmanned Aircraft To Meet Capability Gaps

A new report from the Mitchell Institute calls on the Air Force to expand its use of autonomous aircraft to match growing capabilities from adversaries and meet capability gaps created by slow-moving programs such as the F-35.  Senior officials from the Air Force and DARPA discussed the latest report Tuesday and said they are considering…

AT&T To Acquire Cyber Security Firm AlienVault

AT&T [T] on Tuesday said it has agreed to acquire the cyber security firm AlienVault in a deal it said will allow it to expand its security capabilities to provide enterprise level security solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although AT&T doesn’t expect it to have a material impact…

New Zealand To Buy Four P-8A Poseidon Aircraft for $1.6 Billion

The New Zealand government on Monday approved a plan to acquire four Boeing [BA] P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for $1.6 billion to replace its six legacy P-3K2 Orion aircraft.The Poseidons will be bought in a direct source procurement through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2023.…

Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests 24-Hour Turnaround For AR-22 Rocket Engine

Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] has successfully tested its AR-22 booster rocket engine’s ability to re-fire 10 times within 10 days, a critical milestone needed for its use on Boeing’s [BA] Phantom Express reusable military space plane launch system, company officials said on Tuesday.The AR-22 was tested June 26-July 10 during which engineers were able to get…

State Department Approves $740 Million In AMRAAM Sales To UK And Denmark

The State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sales (FMSs) for the United Kingdom and Denmark to purchase a combined 228 Raytheon [RTN] AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) worth a total of $740 million.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the two FMSs on Tuesday.The U.K. approval includes a request for…