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Defense Daily, Friday, June 22, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 56

Newsletter Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says By Marc Selinger Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

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House Votes Down Border Security, Immigration Bill

The House on Thursday afternoon voted down the first of two Republican bills under consideration for bolstering border security and introducing immigration reforms as enough Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing the measure. After the defeat of the first bill, House Republican leaders postponed a vote until at least Friday on similar legislation that was […]

Sikorsky S-97 Raider during its first flight in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sikorsky’s Prototype Attack Chopper Lifts Off After Nearly A Year On The Ground

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider’s flight test program has lifted off after being grounded for nearly a year. The demonstrator met its flight objectives Tuesday. Sikorsky Vice President for Future Vertical Lift Dan Spoor said test pilots Bill Fell and John Groth flew the complete flight test card, flying the aircraft for 90 minutes at Sikorsky’s facility […]

MQ-8C Fire Scout demonstrates a long range, long endurance flight part of a capability-based test at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

Coronado Starts New Fire Scout Tests

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS-4) started a new round of operational testing with the Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on June 15, the Navy said on Thursday. This new round of trials, off the coast of San Diego, is focused on testing the Fire Scout’s ability to operate with […]

A U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Replacing Defective Fan Blades In Fighter Engines

The U.S. Air Force discovered a fan blade defect in Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229 fighter-jet engine while investigating a mishap, according to service officials. “Once they tore into the root cause [of the mishap], they noticed that there was a defect with the actual blades in the engine,” said Maj. Gen. John Rauch, commander of […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Needs New Cyber, Hypersonics Technologies To Meet ‘Changing Character Of War,’ Milley Says

The Army chief of staff wants to see an industry push on critical cyber and hypersonics technologies to surpass near-peer adversaries race toward emerging capabilities he described as “changing the character of war.” Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff, told attendees at a Thursday event on national security that the push towards establishing a Futures […]

Defense Daily, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 55

Newsletter Air Force Says It Expects To Receive First Boeing KC-46A Tanker In October By Marc Selinger The U.S. Air Force announced June 20 that it has reached an agreement with Boeing [BA] on a revised delivery schedule that calls for the service to start receiving its first 18 KC-46A Pegasus tankers this fall. Under the agreement, which […]

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House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

Despite Opposition to New Warhead Funding, Feinstein Signals Support for NNSA Budget Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who this week voted against the Senate’s 2019 National Defense Authorization Act because it would authorize the Department of Energy to create a low-yield nuclear warhead, has signaled her support for a 2019 budget bill that actually funds the weapon. However, Feinstein also wants to amend the spending bill to prohibit […]