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Defense Daily, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 14

DEFENSE WATCH Border Resource Control. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson tells the United States Chamber of Commerce that the directors of two joint task forces he plans to stand up to bolster border security across the entire southern United States “will have the ability to control of resources” in their respective areas of responsibility “and [...]

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Photo: DHS

DEFENSE WATCH

Border Resource Control. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson tells the United States Chamber of Commerce that the directors of two joint task forces he plans to stand up to bolster border security across the entire southern United States “will have the ability to control of resources” in their respective areas of responsibility “and do so [...]

President Obama working on his State of the Union Address earlier this year. Official White House photo.

Obama Orders More Secure Financial Transactions By Feds

President Barack Obama on Friday issued an executive order requiring the federal government to increase the security of its financial transactions and he also urged the private sector to do the same. The president said he is launching the “Buy Secure” initiative “because you should be able to buy the things that you need without [...]

Artist's illustration of NASA's TEMPO concept. Photo: Space Systems Loral.

Air Force Reorganizes Hosted Payload Office

The Air Force reorganized its organization that handles hosted payloads, or government sensors that catch rides on commercial satellite buses, according to a service official. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Brykowytch said Wednesday the “XR” organization that used to reside within Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSMC) at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., was [...]

The Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV). Photo by Northrop Grumman.

Navy Tests Fire Scout Drone On Trimaran LCS

The Navy has conducted the first testing of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter aboard a trimaran variant of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said. Called “dynamic interface testing,” the exercises outlined the concept of operations for the aircraft on the ship, including crew training and verification and expansion [...]

BAE Systems displays its Future Technology Demonstrator at the AUSA annual conference, combining key technologies from the canceled Ground Combat Vehicle with sensors and weapons developed elsewhere in the company's portfolio. Photo by Megan Eckstein.

BAE Systems Combines GCV Components, Navy Weapons for Future Technology Demonstrator

BAE Systems showed off a combination of mature technologies from throughout the company’s portfolio, many of them related to the now-canceled Ground Combat Vehicle, as a sign to Army officials visiting during the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference what the not-so-distant future could look like for ground combat units. Dean Medland, business [...]

JAGM 
Photo: Lockheed Martin

Army to Release JAGM RFP Soon; Lockheed Martin Finishing Component Qualification

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is awaiting a final request for proposals (RFP) from the Army for its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, which a company official told reporters is “imminent.” Speaking at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference, the Lockheed Martin official said his office had wrapped up component qualification testing, the last step in [...]

Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, PEO C3T.
Photo: US Army

Network Modernization Emphasizes Simplicity, Official Says

The Army is modernizing its enterprise network as well as building out its tactical network, but the key will be simplicity, the Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communications Tactical, said. “Network modernization, the basis of everything the Army is going to do going forward is simplicity, with the complexity hidden from the user. Number [...]

WIN-T Increment 2 Follow-On OT&E At NIE 15.1

The Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 15.1, now under way, is primarily focused on the Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) of the Warrior Information Network–Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2, the program executive officer for command, control communications-tactical (PEO C3T), said. The information gathered from FOT&E will be part of the information compiled for a full-rate [...]

CSIS, DoD, Contract Spending

Top Defense Contractors Fared Better Under Sequestration Than Rest Of Industry, CSIS Report Says

The top six defense contractors saw their overall receipt of Defense Department contract obligations decline far less than the rest of the industry under sequestration, according to an annual report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that analyzes DoD contract spending. While the largest contractors have seen their overall share of DoD [...]