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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 [...]

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Photo: DHS

With Obama Moving On Immigration, Johnson Okays Border Security Task Forces

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has directed his department to begin taking the necessary steps to set up three interagency task forces aimed at bolstering the security of the nation’s southern border as part of President Barack Obama’s executive actions toward immigration reform. Johnson on Thursday directed the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), [...]

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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 Even Jenkins [...]

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Navy Plans Expanding Vipersat COMSATCOM Technology In FY ’16

The Navy plans on expanding a commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) technology that enables bandwidth sharing throughout its patrol coastal (PC) fleet by fiscal year 2016. The technology, known Vipersat, improves the efficiency of bandwidth purchased by dynamically-adjusting bandwidth among various ships to meet mission and data throughput, or capacity, requirements, according to a Navy spokesman. [...]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Pentagon, Lockheed Martin Ink $4.7 Billion Deal For 43 F-35s

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin [LMT] have reached a $4.7 billion agreement for the production of 43 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the U.S. military and foreign nations, the program office said Friday. The contract marks the eighth low-rate initial-production batch of the stealth fighter jets and reflects an average 3.5 percent reduction for each [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, Nov. 21, Vol. 264, Issue 37

Work: Pentagon Pursuing Offset Strategy Knowing Adversaries Will Steal Innovations By Megan Eckstein Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said the Pentagon’s current effort to write a new offset strategy would be shaped by several factors: adversaries have the capability to rapidly steal new technologies and duplicate them, and resources in the Defense Department to develop [...]

Adm. Michael S. Rogers. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Adm. Rogers Expects Major Cyber Attack In U.S. Within Decade

The chief of United States cyber forces believes that a major cyber attack within the United States is only a matter a time and will likely happen inside the next 10 years. Cyber intrusions against critical infrastructure and government networks in the United States as well as attacks elsewhere by multiple nation states, individuals and [...]

An E/A-18 Growler in the foreground shadowed by a F/A-18 Super Hornet. The Growlers will host the Next Gen Jammer. Photo by Boeing.

Raytheon Tests Navy’s Next Airborne Jammer

Raytheon [RTN] has conducted the first flight test of the prototype integrated electronic attack system of the Navy’s next generation airborne jammer and demonstrated its capability to disable defense radars, the company said. The core components for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), consisting of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a digital receiver and [...]

Illustration demonstrating how the C2E program develops reliable networked communications. Image: BAE.

BAE Wins DARPA Contract for Communications Framework

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $3.2 million contract to BAE Systems to develop a new framework of jam-resistant, reliable networked communications as part of the Communications in Contested Environments (C2E) program, the company said on Thursday. The contract will develop a new open system architecture (OSA) for the first phase [...]