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Defense Daily, Monday, July 16, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 10

Newsletter Defense Watch: Intel Bill; MDR Update; Boeing Charge By Calvin Biesecker House Intel Bill. The House on Thursday passed its Intelligence Community authorization bill for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by a 363-54 vote. The legislation funds national security programs to bolster counterterrorism and cyber security efforts. Specifically, the bill provides increased pay for […]

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MDA Awards Three Vendors $4.1 Billion Multiple Award Contract

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) earlier this month awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT], Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Raytheon [RTN] a multiple award indefinitely delivery/indefinite quantity (MAIDIQ) contract worth up to $4.1 billion for missile defense improvements. The Defense Department said the contract’s primary purpose is to provide autonomous acquisition and persistent precision tracking and discrimination to […]

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CTSi and L3 Flight-Test New Navy Navigation System

CTSi and L3 Technologies [LLL] this month finished flight-testing a new integrated communication and navigation system for the Navy that can be used in GPS-denied environments. This new Enhanced Link Navigation System (ELNS) was built as a prototype under an $8.7 million Navy Small Business Innovative Research Phase III contract. The flight test occurred at […]

A Sharktech-equipped 38 Defiant autonomous vessel testing near Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. headquarters. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark And ASV Global Unveil Autonomous Boat Tech

Shipbuilder Metal Shark and autonomous vessel technology company ASV Global announced Friday they are starting to offer “Sharktech” autonomous vessels. The autonomous-enabled vessels can be custom configured for military, law enforcement agencies, fire rescue, and other applicable markets on all of Metal Shark’s 16-foot to 300-foot aluminum, steel, and composite products. The partnership will add […]

A U.S. Navy MH-60R Helicopter using an AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) system as an integrated dipping sonar system. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Report: Mexico to Cancel MH-60R Deal

Mexico’s president elect, set to take office Dec. 1, will reportedly cancel the country’s planned purchase of eight Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told legislators Wednesday that he would cancel the contract for the Sikorsky-built utility helicopters as a part of sweeping cost-cutting measures, according to Reuters. The $1.2 billion deal […]

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Lockheed Martin, DARPA Successfully Test Data Integration Tool For Air, Ground Systems

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have completed successful tests of the company’s ‘Einstein Box’ which allows secure, rapid data integration across air, ground, space and cyber mission systems in contested environments, officials announced Friday. The flight tests, conducted at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., demonstrated […]

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Defense Watch: Intel Bill; MDR Update; Boeing Charge

House Intel Bill. The House on Thursday passed its Intelligence Community authorization bill for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by a 363-54 vote. The legislation funds national security programs to bolster counterterrorism and cyber security efforts. Specifically, the bill provides increased pay for cyber-skilled employees to retain high-level personnel. Lawmakers also included provisions for the […]

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Fluor Taking Over Naval Nuclear Laboratory Oct. 1 Under Huge Contracts

Fluor Marine Propulsion, of Arlington, Va., on Thursday won major nuclear-warship support contracts, worth up to a combined total of  roughly $30 billion over 10 years, from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Navy. Fluor Marine Propulsion will take over Oct. 1 from incumbent Nuclear Naval Laboratory contractor Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., the NNSA […]

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Army Futures Command To Call Texas Capital Home, Becomes Operational

A team of six Army personnel landed in Austin, Texas, on July 13 to establish a beachhead for the new Futures Command, which will bring the service’s entire modernization apparatus under a single commander. Austin won out because it boasts “talent, the entrepreneurial spirit and access to key partners” as well as “the quality of […]