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Defense Daily, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 39

Hagel Announces Resignation; Many in Washington Say Admin Set Him Up for Failure By Megan Eckstein After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation in a White House ceremony Monday morning, many defense insiders said he was given little space to implement policy and his replacement will be in an equally impossible situation as part [...]

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Hagel Announces Resignation; Many in Washington Say Admin Set Him Up for Failure

After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation in a White House ceremony Monday morning, many defense insiders said he was given little space to implement policy and his replacement will be in an equally impossible situation as part of the Obama administration. During the ceremony, President Barack Obama praised Hagel for being a great [...]

An MK 15 Baseline 2 Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS). Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Chief Cites Need For Open, Modular Designs

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert recently said that the service needs to focus on open, modular designs to make ships and systems more easily and rapidly upgradable to save money and get the best possible capability. Greenert said the Navy can no longer afford lengthy upgrade periods for highly integrated systems without embracing [...]

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GD Partners with Smith and Wesson to Pursue Army Modular Handgun System

General Dynamics [GD] is partnering with Smith & Wesson [SWHC] to pursue the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) solicitation to replace the M9 standard sidearm, General Dynamics sai on Monday. The partnership’s MHS model will be based on the Smith & Wesson M&P Polymer Pistol platform. The M&P is used by law enforcement agencies [...]

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

UK Signs Contract For First Production F-35Bs

The United Kingdom has inked the contract for the first four production versions of the short-takeoff and vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being built by Lockheed Martin [LMT], the Defense Ministry said. The contract was part of a deal announced by the Pentagon Friday for 43 of the stealthy fighter jets for [...]

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Northrop Grumman Completed Integrated Baseline Review for EPS CAPS

Northrop Grumman [NOC] completed an Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) of the production, deployment, and initial sustainment phase for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS), the company said on Monday. EPS is set to deliver secure, continuous, space-enabled communications capabilities to polar region users in support of U.S. national [...]

Coast Guard National Security Cutter Hamilton arriving at its homeport in Charleston, S.C. Photo: Coast Guard

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Arrives In Charleston

The Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) Hamilton on Monday arrived at its homeport in Charleston, S.C., 24 days after leaving its construction shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The Hamilton, the fourth of eight planned NSCs, is the first to be homeported on the East Coast.  Along its voyage the 418-foot high endurance cutter logged more [...]

New UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. Photo: UTC

UTC CEO Cheneverty Abruptly Retires, CFO Hayes Takes Over

United Technologies [UTX] on Monday announced the retirement of Chairman and CEO Louis Chenevert, effectively immediately, and said that Gregory Hayes, the company’s chief financial officer, has been elected as its president and CEO. UTC made no mention of why Chenevert, 57, retired after 22 years with the company. He became president of UTC and [...]

Defense Daily, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 38

DEFENSE WATCH   New GOP Appropriators. The House Appropriations Committee announced it would have four new Republican members in January:  David Jolly, from the Florida district of the late long-time appropriator and defense industry supporter Bill Young; Scott Rigell, whose Virginia district includes Naval Base Norfolk and surrounding military installations and contractors; as well as [...]

The flight deck of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Photo: Defense Daily

GAO Says Ford Carrier Cost Will Likely Increase

The Government Accountability Office issued a report this week predicting that the cost of the Navy’s first of the Gerald R. Ford class (CVN-78) of aircraft carriers will further rise from the current estimate of $12.9 billion and says the service is using funding maneuvers to mask the full cost of building the ship. The [...]