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Defense Daily, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, Vol. 265, Issue 15

Defense Watch NSC-7 Production Starts. Fabrication of the seventh Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) has begun at shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. The production contract for the cutter Kimball was awarded last March and the next major milestone will be keel authentication, which is slated for January 2016. The Fabrication milestone, [...]
Former Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center commander Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk sign their CRADA for EELV certification in June 2013. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force, SpaceX Settle EELV Lawsuit

The Air Force and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) said Friday they reached agreement on a path forward in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) dispute between the two parties. SpaceX agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against the Air Force over the service’s multi-billion dollar “block buy” award of 36 launch cores to incumbent launch [...]

Start of fabrication on the NSC Kimball. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

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NSC-7 Production Starts. Fabrication of the seventh Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) has begun at shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. The production contract for the cutter Kimball was awarded last March and the next major milestone will be keel authentication, which is slated for January 2016. The Fabrication milestone, which marks [...]

A Navy'F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing

Production Set For Infrared Tracking System For Super Hornets

The Navy has cleared a new infrared targeting system that will be deployed on F/A-18 Super Hornets. Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] co-developed the infrared search and track system known as IRST that centers around Lockheed Martin’s IRST21 sensor. The Navy has now signed off on low-rate production. The system has been tested and [...]

Space Fence program view. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Approaching Key Space Fence Facility Construction

Lockheed Martin [LMT], developer of the Air Force’s nearly multi-billion dollar Space Fence radar program, will begin key facilities construction in the next few months after performing a series of important reviews. Lockheed Martin Vice President for Advanced Systems Steve Bruce told Defense Daily Friday the company has a design review in February where it [...]

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Photo: DHS

DHS Chief Slams Border Security Bill Calling It ‘Unworkable’

Border security legislation expected to be taken up by the House this week that prescribes specific technology solutions on a sector-by-sector basis along the nation’s southern border, requires the establishment of biometric exit systems at the busiest ports of entry within two years, and directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to have operational control [...]

Head up display for the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program. Rockwell Collin's avionics sales to government customer were up slightly. Photo: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins Posts Solid First Quarter Results

Bolstered by its acquisition of ARINC, strong results in its commercial aviation business, and the retroactive extension of a federal tax credit, Rockwell Collins [COL] on Friday posted positive top and bottom line gains in its first quarter and increased its financial guidance for FY ’15. Net income increased 27 percent to $167 million, $1.24 [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Vol. 265, Issue 14

Pentagon Gearing Up Once Again To Fight Sequestration By Mike McCarthy Pentagon leaders are preparing to mount an assault on the possible full return of draconian spending cuts known as sequestration as they near plans to unveil the defense budget request for fiscal 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. With the budget roll-out expected [...]
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel previews the fiscal year 2015 budget request on Feb. 24 with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Pentagon Gearing Up Once Again To Fight Sequestration

Pentagon leaders are preparing to mount an assault on the possible full return of draconian spending cuts known as sequestration as they near plans to unveil the defense budget request for fiscal 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. With the budget roll-out expected to take place Feb. 2, Hagel said the top officials and [...]

Russell Deyo. Photo: Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Senate Committee, Again, Approves DHS Management Nominee Deyo

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday approved by voice vote Russell Deyo to be the next undersecretary of management at the Department of Homeland Security. The panel in November also approved Deyo for the same position but the Senate never took up the nomination, forcing the committee to vote again in [...]