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Defense Daily, Friday, July 13, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 9

Boeing Nets $140M Deal For US Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing [BA] has received a $139.8 million contract to build four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command.The heavy-lift helicopters mark the start of Block II production for SOCOM that is expected to run into the late 2020s. The Army has 69 MH-47G Chinooks in operation and eventually will upgrade…

Kratos Delivers First New Drone Cruise Missile Target To Navy

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.  [KTOS] has delivered the first of 45 BQM-177A year one subsonic aerial target systems for the Navy, the company and service announced this week.The target systems are being delivered under a $37 million first year low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for aircraft meant to simulate cruise missile targets. Last…

Administration, GOP Congressmen Proposing Legislation On Cyber Supply Chain Security

The Trump Administration this week sent proposed legislation to Congress to help federal agencies strengthen the cyber security of their supply chains and two House Republicans said on Thursday that they will soon offer similar legislation aimed at the Department of Homeland Security.Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said at a congressional hearing that the tools DHS…

Army Announces Latest Opportunity To Pitch Capabilities For New Cyber Training Environment

The Army has started accepting white papers for its latest round to find technical management and assessment capabilities for the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE)  program, officials announced July 9.The third Cyber Innovation Challenge (CIC) is intended for industry partners who can deliver capabilities needed to develop PCTE’s cyber simulation exercise which will be used…

DHS Official: States Need More Funds To Replace Outdated Election Systems

A top Department of Homeland Security official told a House panel Wednesday that states do not have enough funds to replace outdated voting systems ahead of the midterm elections in November. Christopher Krebs, DHS undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said that all 50 states’ election systems may have been subjected to cyber…

UH-60V Enters User Test With Northrop Avionics Software Delivery

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has delivered software to the U.S. Army for the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter to enter limited user testing (LUT) ― a critical milestone leading into production.Under a contract awarded in 2014, Northrop Grumman is partnered with the Army Prototype Integration Facility and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems to modernize the Army’s fleet…