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Defense Daily, Thursday, July 2, 2015, Vol. 267, Issue 2

Marine Corps Set For Final Inspection Before F-35 Declared Battle-Ready By Dan Parsons The Marine Corps will soon conduct an operational readiness inspection (ORI) of its first squadron of F-35Bs, the final step before declaring that the jets are finally combat ready. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, based in Yuma, Ariz., will be the [...]
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U.S. And Brazil Restart Cyber Cooperation

The United States and Brazil have renewed cyber cooperation, two years after the Edward Snowden spying revelations chilled relations between the two countries. In a visit to the United States this week Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff explained that while she did cancel a previous trip to the United States after the Snowden incident, “Since then, [...]

United States Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

Ambassador Highlights U.S.-Israel Cyber Cooperation

The United States and Israel have cooperated on several cyber issues over the past five years, Daniel Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, said last week at a cybersecurity conference. Both countries are exchanging information on how to best protect themselves from cyber threats, promoting investment in cyber and the protection of digital infrastructure, and partner [...]

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NASA Aims Moving Up Orbital ATK CRS Mission To October

NASA is aiming to move up Orbital ATK’s [OA] next Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) mission from December to October if the manifest allows, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier said Sunday. The announcement comes after the CRS program suffered its third consecutive failed mission with Sunday’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) failure [...]

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LCS-6 Completes Acceptance Trials

The Navy’s sixth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is one step closer to delivery after wrapping up acceptance trials on June 26. The service tested the performance of the USS Jackson (LCS-6), including ship handling and key systems like the propulsion plant, in a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection [...]

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Sweden Orders Saab Spare Parts for Gripen

Saab AB received an order for spare parts for the Gripen E from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) worth nearly $30 million, the company said on Wednesday. The order includes spare parts, such as components and devices for the Gripen E. The order was booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2015 [...]

Harris Corp.  Chairman, President and CEO William Brown. Photo: Harris

Harris Realigns Segments Following Exelis Acquisition

A month after completing its $5 billion acquisition of defense company Exelis, Harris Corp. [HRS] on Wednesday said it is reorganizing into four business segments aimed at improving operational efficiencies and capturing synergies. “We combined Harris’ and Exelis’ top talent and technology to create four market-focused segments aligned with Harris’ strategic growth platforms,” William Brown, [...]

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Elbit Completes Acquisition Of Cyber And Intelligence Division Of NICE Systems

Israel’s Elbit Systems [ESLT] on Wednesday said it has completed its $158 million acquisition of the Cyber and Intelligence Division of NICE Systems [NICE], which is also based in Israel. The acquired NICE division is part of CYBERBIT Ltd., a subsidiary of Elbit that was recently established to consolidate its activities relating to the cyber [...]

Lt. Gen. Robert Neller Nominated for Marine Corps Commandant

Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, the current head of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM), has been tapped to become the Marine Corps’ top general. If confirmed by the Senate, Neller will replace Gen. Joseph Dunford, the administration’s nominee for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has known Neller since [...]

The Marine Corps' short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B performs a vertical landing. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Marine Corps Set For Final Inspection Before F-35 Declared Battle-Ready

The Marine Corps will soon conduct an operational readiness inspection (ORI) of its first squadron of F-35Bs, the final step before declaring that the jets are finally combat ready. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, based in Yuma, Ariz., will be the first unit to declare initial operational capability of the jet sometime between now [...]