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Defense Daily, Monday, April 20, 2015, Vol. 266, Issue 14

Defense Watch Antares Failure (One View). An Orbital ATK executive says “excessive bearing wear” in the turbopump of an Aerojet Rocketdyne engine, “main engine number one,” (ME-1) is “most probably” the cause of the October Antares launch failure. Orbital ATK Flight Systems Group President Ron Grabe makes the remarks April 14 at the National Space [...]
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GAO Finds PortfolioStat IT Cost Savings Fall Short By 68 Percent

The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) PortfolioStat program, meant to lower federal IT costs, fell short on expected savings by 68 percent, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Federal agencies initially planned to save upward of $5.8 billion between FY ’13–’15, they reported to the GAO in 2013. The [...]

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Antares Failure (One View). An Orbital ATK executive says “excessive bearing wear” in the turbopump of an Aerojet Rocketdyne engine, “main engine number one,” (ME-1) is “most probably” the cause of the October Antares launch failure. Orbital ATK Flight Systems Group President Ron Grabe makes the remarks April 14 at the National Space Symposium in [...]

CH-53K Program Grappling With Gearbox Glitch

The CH-53K transport helicopter program has found a mechanical problem in the main gearbox and is in the process of designing a fix, according to a Navy official. Quill rods that hold the gearbox together near the main rotor cracked due to vibration experienced during ground testing in Stratford, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Fla., [...]

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BAE Announces New Guided Projectile for 57mm Naval Gun

BAE Systems [BA] on April 13 debuted the design of a new guided projectile that can be fired from its 57mm Mk 110 naval gun system. The company believes it can develop the new munition—named the Ordnance  for Rapid Kill of Attack Craft Mk295 Mod 1 guided projectile, or ORKA—and have it ready for fielding [...]

SRA President And CEO Bill Ballhaus said the acquisition of Qbase's goverment services business "is a natural fit for SRA." Photo: SRA International

SRA Acquires Government Services Business Of Qbase

SRA International on Friday said it has completed its acquisition of most of the Government Services business of software products and services contractor Qbase, LLC. SRA said the deal strengthens its presence in the health information technology, homeland security and law enforcement markets. Northern Virginia-based Qbase’s government services business supports customers in the intelligence, national [...]

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo. Photo: ODNI.

Cardillo Says NGA At Critical ‘Seismic Shift’ Moment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) is at a critical moment that its director called a “seismic shift:” an explosion of data outside the government’s control, radical advances in enterprise capacity and a need for NGA employees to master new methods and tradecraft. NGA Director Robert Cardillo said April 14 here at the [...]

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Best Practices Should Be Top Priority For Managing Cyber Security Risk, DHS Official Says

Companies, government agencies and other organizations should concentrate the vast bulk of their cyber security efforts on implementing best practices with the least effort going to incident response to buy down risk, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, told Congress this week. “At least 70 percent” of the effort of companies and agencies should [...]

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Marine Corps Adds Special Operations Element to Expeditionary Units

The Marine Corps is injecting its Marine expeditionary units with a small special operations detachment to facilitate greater cooperation between SOF and Marine forces. The first deployment of a Special Operations Force Liaison Element with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) wrapped up this February after successful operations in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East, said Lt. [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, April 17, 2015, Vol. 266, Issue 13

Air Force Remains Concerned Over Condition Of Launch Ranges By Pat Host COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–The head of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) remains concerned about the status of the service's launch ranges as the Air Force prepares for as many as 40 launches at its Florida launch site. "I continue to be concerned about the [...]