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Defense Daily, Thursday, July 12, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 8

House, Senate Expect To Finish FY 19 Defense Bill Negotiations By July 27

The House and Senate began negotiations Wednesday to reconcile differences between their fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bills, with lawmakers expecting to finish the process by July 27.The Senate voted 91-8 Tuesday evening to move to conference and start the process of deliberating its $716 billion version of the annual defense spending bill with the…

L3 To Acquire Two Information Security Firms Based Outside U.S.

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire two companies that it said will strengthen its cyber defense capabilities, particularly for intelligence and classified missions.L3 said it will pay $200 million for the companies, which will be combined as L3 Trenchant, and that the deals include a $32 million earn out provision…

Navy Plans to Accelerate UUVs, Changing Acquisition Strategies

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report on the annual defense appropriations bill revealed major changes to the acquisition strategies of the large displacement and extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV and XLUUV) programs.The Navy requested $92.6 million in the FY ’19 budget request to start building two Phase I prototype LDUUVs. However, the Senate bill’s report…

Textron To Develop Prototype For Potential Army M249 Weapon Replacement

Textron [TXT] has received a prototype development contract from the Army to develop a new weapon system for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) program, which is intended to replace the over 80,000 M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW), the company said on Wednesday.Under the deal, officially awarded June 25, Textron is tasked with developing…

Hyten to Tour DoE Nuclear Site in South Carolina Thursday

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command and effectively customer-in-chief for the nuclear weapons maintained by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), is scheduled on Thursday to tour the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.Hyten was set to tour the site’s tritium facilities, which process a crucial hydrogen isotope that magnifies the…

DoD CIO Conducting Full Review Of Multi-Billion Dollar JEDI Cloud Acquisition Effort

The Department of Defense is conducting a full review of the acquisition process for its multi-billion dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud, the Pentagon’s new CIO said Wednesday. Dana Deasy, the lead DoD technology official, told attendees at the Defense Systems Summit there is no confirmed date for when an official request for proposals…

DoD Counter UAS Efforts Creating Framework For Homeland Applications, FAA Official Says

Work done by the Defense Department to thwart potential threats posed by remotely piloted aircraft to its facilities in the U.S. is laying the “foundation” for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to rollout similar capabilities in the homeland once they’ve been granted authorities to do, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)…

Leonardo, Polish Firm Collaborate In Development of New Combat AW249

Leonardo and Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have agreed to collaborate on development of a new combat helicopter, the AW249. The 249 would meet the Polish Army's requirement for a new combat helicopter under the nation's "Kruk" procurement program.The twin-engine AW249 would be used for air support and armed escort operations. It would have a maximum…