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Defense Daily Monday July 28 Vol. 263 Issue 19

Defense Watch IFT Explanation. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday released its 18-page decision that sustained Raytheon’s protest of a border surveillance contract awarded by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to EFW, Inc., a Texas-based business unit of Israel’s Elbit Systems. The decision had been under a protective order until redactions were made.  The [...]

Remote Video Surveillance Systems used by CBP to track illegal border crossers. Photo: CBP

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IFT Explanation. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday released its 18-page decision that sustained Raytheon’s protest of a border surveillance contract awarded by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to EFW, Inc., a Texas-based business unit of Israel’s Elbit Systems. The decision had been under a protective order until redactions were made.  The GAO upheld [...]

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Navy Needs To Think More Offensively, Analyst Says

The Navy should start thinking more offensively in terms of how it arms of the surface fleet and develop more multi-mission weapons to maintain control of the seas, according to a former naval officer now think tank analyst. The Navy should shift away from the multi-layered approach to air warfare that counters different threats in [...]

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Judge Denies ULA’s Motion To Dismiss SpaceX Lawsuit, Case Moves Forward

A federal judge late Thursday denied United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) request for dismissal of Space Exploration Technology Corp.’s (SpaceX) lawsuit against the Air Force, but did not rule on the service’s motion to dismiss. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Susan Braden said she ruled against “defendant-intervenor” ULA because the joint venture has no basis [...]

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General Dynamics To Provide LAVs For Peruvian Marines

Peru has awarded a $67 million contract to General Dynamics [GD] for 32 Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) for the Peruvian Marines. The contract was signed through the Canadian Commercial Corp., a Crown corporation of the Canadian Government. Vehicles provided under this contract will be personnel carrier variants of the LAV II family of vehicles with [...]

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Tunisia Requests $700 Million FMS For Black Hawk Helicopters

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 23 that the State Department has approved a possible $700 million Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The principal contractors will be Sikorsky [UTX] and General Electric [GE]. Tunisia requested a possible sale of 12 UH-60M [...]

Congress has made clear it wants to buy a 12th LPD, like the USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) above, even though the ship is no longer in the Navy's long-term plans. Lawmakers provided advance procurement funding in past budgets and are set to provide as much as $800 million to begin incrementally funding the ship in fiscal year 2015, but Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley said he would not put the ship on contract without the full $2 billion accounted for. Photo by U.S. Navy.

Stackley: Navy Won’t Buy LPD-28 Without Full $2 Billion Appropriated; Would Rather Fund Ship Design Research

Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told several lawmakers on Friday that he appreciates the money they provided for an extra LPD amphibious transport dock but could not promise them the service would actually spend the money as intended and get a ship on contract any time soon. The four congressional defense committees provided varying levels of funding [...]

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Army Looks To Industry For Potential COTS Light Recon Vehicle

The Army is looking for potential domestic and international vendors that could provide a commercial off the shelf (COTS) or modified COTS (MOTS) light reconnaissance vehicle (LRV) to possibly enhance Infantry Brigade Combat teams. A Platform Performance Demonstration (PPD) effort would take about one week at Ft. Bragg, N.C., in mid-October. The light armored LRV [...]

Defense Daily July 25 Vol. 263 Issue 18

Old Business, Pension Benefit Send Raytheon’s Net Income Higher By Calvin Biesecker Raytheon [RTN] on Thursday posted lower sales but higher earnings with the bottom line benefiting by a swing to pension income and a handsome return from a business that was discontinued a decade ago. Net income rose 12 percent to $551 million, $1.76 [...]

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NASA’s Space Launch System Could Miss Key 2017 Test Launch Deadline, GAO Says

NASA could miss an important deadline for a test launch of its Space Launch System (SLS) because it is not on path to reach a December 2017 test flight at the required confidence level of 70 percent, a key performance metric, according the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO said Wednesday in a report (GAO-14-631) NASA [...]