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Defense Daily, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Vol. 271, Issue 2

Newsletter Defense Watch AUSA Changes Chiefs. After 18 years in the position, retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan this week issued his last message as chief executive of the Association of the U.S. Army. “I want to say thanks to all the volunteers who over the last 18 years have worked on behalf of AUSA, and on […]
MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California.
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Navy Begins Deploying New Surveillance Radar On Fire Scout UAV

The Navy has begun deploying a new maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, according to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The milestone with the Telephonics Corp. AN/ZPY-4 radar occurred last month aboard the USS Coronado, a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-4), which left Naval Base San Diego in late June for a […]

AN/MPQ-64F1 Improved Sentinel air defense radar offered by ThalesRaytheonSystems. Photo: ThalesRaytheonSystems

Raytheon To Realize $150 Million Gain In Modification To Thales Joint Venture

Raytheon [RTN] on Friday said it and France’s Thales agreed to immediately modify the structure of their ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) joint venture, a move that will result in a $150 million tax free gain for Raytheon in its second quarter financial results. Raytheon also said that the transaction includes a $90 million cash payment to Thales. […]

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Critical GPS OCX Nunn-McCurdy Breach Was Predictable, Expert Says

The Air Force’s critical Nunn-McCurdy Breach declaration for its Global Positioning System (GPS) Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX) was predictable and shouldn’t complicate the program further, according to an expert. Lexington Institute think tank COO Loren Thompson said Friday at least half of the blame for the OCX problems rest with the Air Force as […]

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Army’s M113 Replacement Design Gets Stamp Of Approval

Just one year after contract award, the Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) quietly passed an important development milestone earlier this month, another deliberate step in the no-drama program to replace the Vietnam-era M113 personnel carrier. Manufacturer BAE Systems has three new-build AMPV hulls on its weld line at the company’s York, Pa., facility, a spokesperson […]

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AUSA Changes Chiefs. After 18 years in the position, retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan this week issued his last message as chief executive of the Association of the U.S. Army. “I want to say thanks to all the volunteers who over the last 18 years have worked on behalf of AUSA, and on behalf of our […]

Palantir Lawsuit Against Army In Court of Federal Claims Over DCGS-A

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Defense Daily, Friday, July 1, Vol. 271, Issue 1

Air Force Grapples With Mission Data File Issues While Approaching F-35 IOC By Pat Host The Air Force is trying to figure out how to best share F-35 mission data files with international partners as the service approaches its August-December initial operational capability (IOC) window. Air Forces Central Command chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian said […]
Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Navy Awards Oiler, Amphib Contracts to General Dynamics, Huntington Ingalls

The Navy June 30 awarded contracts totaling almost $6.3 billion to General Dynamics [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) and Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] to design and build oiler and amphibious assault ships. Under one contract, worth $3.16 billion, General Dynamics NASSCO will design and build the first six T-AO-205-class oilers, which will transfer fuel […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Grapples With Mission Data File Issues While Approaching F-35 IOC

The Air Force is trying to figure out how to best share F-35 mission data files with international partners as the service approaches its August-December initial operational capability (IOC) window. Air Forces Central Command chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian said Thursday the service wants to be able to have a common operational picture with partners […]