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Defense Daily, Monday, June 1, 2015, Vol. 266, Issue 43

Defense Watch Budget Watch. The House and Senate are back on the Hill this week, and there could be lots of momentum pushing the authorization and appropriations bills forward. The House Appropriations Committee marks their version of the bill on Tuesday morning. Things on the Senate side are more opaque. Committee aides are preparing for [...]
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Defense Watch

Budget Watch. The House and Senate are back on the Hill this week, and there could be lots of momentum pushing the authorization and appropriations bills forward. The House Appropriations Committee marks their version of the bill on Tuesday morning. Things on the Senate side are more opaque. Committee aides are preparing for the defense [...]

A Delta IV rocket lifts GPS IIF-6 into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 16, 2014. Photo: ULA.

SASC Bill Creates Launch Capability Contract Exemption For Possible Delta IV Use

The fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) eliminates the reported $1 billion launch capability contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) moving forward, but contains an exemption for a future launch capability contract to be awarded if a Delta IV launch is necessary. The committee, in the report [...]

U.K. Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV)
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Rolls Royce Wins $122 Million Contract From GD To Provide UK SCOUT SV Engines

General Dynamics [GD] selected Rolls-Royce [RR] to provide 589 MTU Series 199 diesel engines worth $122 million for the new SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) for the UK Army, Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday. The 8V 199 TE21 engine has a power output of 600 kilowatts, making it the most powerful engine in the 199 series, the [...]

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Army Working To Develop, Agile, Rapid Acquisition Processes For Cyber Needs

MCLEAN, Va.—Given the rapidly changing nature of cyber threats, the Army acquisition leadership is working to create an acquisition process that responds quickly to the needs of its cyber forces and cyberspace needs, service officials said on Thursday. In the cyberspace operation “the pace of change of technology” and “of the environment is such that [...]

Iran Claims U.S. Cyber Attack On Oil Ministry

Iran’s cyber police head claimed the country had foiled a U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s oil ministry in the last two months, according to a report from the semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday. “The Cyber Attacks Emergency Center in FATA could thwart hackers’ attack against the oil ministry. These hackers were from the U.S. [...]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Pentagon Aims For F-35 Block Buy Contract to Entice International Sales

The Pentagon plans on seeking congressional approval for a three-year block buy of F-35s that could help drive down prices of the aircraft, said the Defense Department’s acquisition chief Frank Kendall on May 29. The buy would span fiscal years 2018 through 2020 and include up to 150 jets per year. Both international partners and [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, May 29, 2015, Vol. 266, Issue 42

Orbital ATK Swings To Loss On Merger, Impairment Costs By Calvin Biesecker Orbital ATK [OA] opened 2015 with a slight loss due to charges related to the merger with the former ATK and impairment costs while sales, excluding revenue from the former Orbital Sciences for the six weeks of the quarter, rose handsomely. Sales increased [...]
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Chinese Military Strategy Adds Cyber Focus

The Chinese government said the military will enhance its cyber force and capability, according to a white paper on military strategy released on May 26. Released to and translated by state news agency Xinhua, the strategy focuses on six main areas: the national security situation, missions and strategic tasks of China’s armed forces, strategic guidelines [...]

Screen shots from the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Control System (IBCS) test. Photos: Army.

Army, Northrop Grumman Achieve Ballistic Missile Intercept In Inaugural Flight Test

The Army and Northrop Grumman [NOC] on Thursday destroyed a ballistic missile using the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) in its first flight test, according to a company statement. The flight test took place when a ballistic missile serving as a threat surrogate flew against a defended asset. The defense [...]