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LANL Contract Competitors Await Debrief This Week

Teams that lost the race to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next 10 years are expecting a formal debriefing from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week, after the agency’s decision to entrust the storied weapons lab to a team including longtime manager the University of California.A pair of sources said […]

Defense Daily, Monday, June 18, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 52

Newsletter Defense Watch: Bill on Senate Floor, HASC/SASC Hearings, NASA Deputy By Rich Abott Defense Bill. The Senate plans to resume consideration of its $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill on June 18 at 3 p.m. A vote to pass the legislation could occur as early as that evening. The Senate spent much […]

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DISA Awards $7.5 Billion In New Systems And Engineering Contracts To 14 Companies

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded $7.5 billion in systems and engineering services contracts to 14 companies, the agency said on Friday. The new Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contract vehicle is intended to meet flexible technology needs across the Pentagon and deliver near-term, agile solutions, including for network programs and warfighter mobility […]

Don Sando, deputy to the commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, speaks at the Eurosatory conference in Paris. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Looking For Industry Solutions To Expand Soldier Control Of Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles

PARIS–The Army is actively looking to industry for new robotics capabilities to tether unmanned ground and air systems, including tools to allow soldiers control over multiple autonomous vehicles from one system. Don Sando, deputy to commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, told attendees at the Eurosatory conference here last week that the […]

The International Space Station. Photo: NASA

Senate Panel Backs Space Station Funding Beyond 2025

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has rebuffed the Trump administration’s proposal to end federal funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025. In a new report explaining its fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, the committee said it supports maintaining ISS funding “beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s […]

Mi-17 helicopters operated by the 2nd Wing of the Afghan National Army Air Force take off at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

Report: Switching From Russian To U.S. Helicopters Undercuts Afghan Capability

Afghanistan’s military is fielding UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that lack the lift capacity and flight capabilities of the Russian Mi-17s it currently flies, which are also simpler to fly and maintain than the U.S.-made aircraft, according to a U.S. Defense Department watchdog report. The Defense Department is replacing the Mi-17 with Black Hawks to provide […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Defense Watch: Bill on Senate Floor, HASC/SASC Hearings, NASA Deputy

Defense Bill. The Senate plans to resume consideration of its $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill on June 18 at 3 p.m. A vote to pass the legislation could occur as early as that evening. The Senate spent much of the previous week discussing the bill. HASC Hearings.  The House Armed Services Committee […]

Defense Daily, Friday, June 15, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 51

Newsletter Senator Slams Upcoming Move Of F-35 Brake Work To Turkey By Marc Selinger Honeywell [HON], which makes brake components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in South Bend, Ind., plans to move that work to Turkey this summer, drawing criticism from the state’s senior U.S. senator. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said on the Senate […]