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Defense Daily, Thursday, August 21, 2014, Vol. 263, Issue 37

Navy’s $2.5 Billion Arrangement Taps Five Firms To Produce CANES Ship Network By Mike McCarthy The Navy issued a long-awaited award on Wednesday for the full-rate production of the ship-based IT network known as CANES under a $2.5 billion contract arrangement designed to force five contractors to continuously compete for the work. The five companies [...]

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Navy’s $2.5 Billion Arrangement Taps Five Firms To Produce CANES Ship Network

The Navy issued a long-awaited award on Wednesday for the full-rate production of the ship-based IT network known as CANES under a $2.5-billion contract arrangement designed to force five contractors to continuously compete for the work. The five companies are incumbent Northrop Grumman [NOC], General Dynamics [GD], BAE Systems, and smaller firms Global Technical Systems [...]

USS America (LHA-6) will deliver to the Navy later this year after rounding Latin America en route to its future homeport, San Diego..

Work: Budget Cuts Could Force Navy to Consider Alternatives to LHA with Well Deck

Though having large amphibious ships with well decks is “absolutely critical” for some mission sets, budget pressures could force the Navy and Marine Corps to consider alternatives, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told service members in Guam on Wednesday. The next two amphibious assault ships, the USS America (LHA-6) and USS Tripoli (LHA-7) will be [...]

USS George Washington (CVN 73). Photo: U.S. Navy.

CNO’s Navigation Plan Emphasizes SSBNs, Undersea Dominance, Multimission Air Wing

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert Wednesday released his 2015-2019 CNO’s Navigation Plan to highlight how the Navy will invest in its future force given Defense Department and Navy strategy documents and budgets. “This fiscal climate compelled the Navy to make tough choices across a wide range of competing priorities,” Greenert wrote in the [...]

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ULA Receives Shipment Of Two RD-180s

United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a shipment Wednesday of two RD-180 first stage boosters from Russian manufacturer NPO Energomash, according to a company spokeswoman. ULA spokeswoman Jessica Rye said that not only did the company take delivery of two engines, but it expects another shipment of three engines later this year. Despite continuing to do [...]

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New Zealand Acquires Airborne Systems Europe’s FDS3 Decoys

Airborne Systems Europe said that in July it received a $5.6 million, three-year contract with the New Zealand Ministry of Defense to fit Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigates with its FDS3 decoy systems. The RNZN joins its counterparts in the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy in using the decoy systems. The FDS3 corner [...]

The Air Force's F-16D fighter jet. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force F-16D Longeron Cracks First Identified July 31

Cracks in F-16D canopy sill longerons that caused the Air Force to ground more than half of its fleet were first discovered July 31, according to a service spokesman. The Air Force said Tuesday it recently removed 82 of its 157 two-seat F-16D fighter jets from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill [...]

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Army Looks At Industry Input, Industry Days, As It Prepares for DCGS-A Competition

Responding to soldier feedback, the Army has asked for industry input and plans Industry days as it moves toward a competition for the next increment in the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) program, expected in 2016. DCGS-A is the Army’s current system for intelligence information sharing, processing, operational use and storage. Some government reports, including [...]

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Next Round Of CDM Task Orders Expected To Be Awarded In Early 2015, GSA Official Says

The General Services Administration (GSA) is on track to award the next round of task orders in January and February 2015 as part of a cyber security monitoring program managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to a GSA official. Bids for Task Order 2A, which covers cyber security-related tools and services for [...]

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

Air Force Awards NASA Contracts As Part Of Hosted Payload Solutions

The Air Force recently awarded $800,000 contracts to three companies to study the feasibility of accommodating a NASA earth science instrument as a hosted payload on spacecraft. Boeing [BA], Orbital Sciences [ORB] and Space Systems/Loral (SSL) were each awarded six-month period of performance contracts for NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) study program, according [...]