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Defense Daily, Friday, July 22, 2016, Vol. 271, Issue 15

Boeing Takes Another After-Tax Charge On KC-46 Boeing [BA] said Thursday it will take another after-tax charge on the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program, this one costing $393 million. The company said the charge, its fourth, reflects higher costs associated with previously announced program schedule and technical challenges. These include implementation of the hardware solution […]

Defense Daily, Monday, July 25, 2016, Vol. 271, Issue 16

Newsletter Defense Watch PIB ORD Released. The Coast Guard has publicly released version 1.0 of the operational requirements document (ORD) for its planned Polar Icebreaker (PIB), with delivery of the vessel planned on or before FY ’26 and full operational capability expected on or before FY ‘28. Some of the key performance parameters, which have […]
A nuclear detonation. Photo: U.S. Energy Department

Coup Attempt Revives Debate on U.S. Nukes in Turkey

Last week’s failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reignited the public debate regarding the security and value of the U.S. tactical nuclear weapons widely accepted to be deployed in the NATO state. Any corresponding discussion happening within the Obama administration or Defense Department, though, is being kept behind closed doors. “Turkey […]

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U.S. Navy Releases Third RFI In Preparation For NGEN-R Information Technology Re-compete

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) Program Management Office (PMW 205) released a third Request for Information (RFI) in preparation for the recompete of the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN-R) contract, the Navy and FedBizOpps said Friday. The RFI is meant to help the office gain specific information on how industry could address problem […]

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PIB ORD Released. The Coast Guard has publicly released version 1.0 of the operational requirements document (ORD) for its planned Polar Icebreaker (PIB), with delivery of the vessel planned on or before FY ’26 and full operational capability expected on or before FY ‘28. Some of the key performance parameters, which have previously been published, […]

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Army Set To Buy 1,000 Radios That Pentagon Weapon Tester Says Don’t Work

The Army is barreling toward a production decision on the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR) despite a damning report by the Pentagon’s chief weapon tester that the system doesn’t work. “MNVR did not meet commanders’ operational need for a mid-tier network solution,” Michael Gilmore wrote in a July 5 memo to senior Defense Department and […]

The USS Fort Worth sailing out of San Diego in route to Singapore. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy: LCS-3 Damage Less Than Thought

The USS Fort Worth, a Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-3) that experienced an “engineering problem” in January, sustained less damage than an initial assessment indicated, a U.S. Navy spokesman said July 22. As a result, the Navy was able to fix the ship in Singapore, where the damage occurred, instead of having to wait until […]

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British Defense Minister Declares Support For NATO, Coalition Missions After Brexit Vote

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – British Defense Minister Michael Fallon took time Wednesday at a meeting of counter-Islamic State (ISIL) member states to reaffirm his nation’s commitment to that fight and to NATO following its decision to exit the European Union. Fallon’s comments came a day before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told the New […]

An upgraded Coyote Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flies over the Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. during a January demonstration flight. Photo: NOAA.

ONR To Launch Swarm Of 30 UAVs From Ship

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is gearing up to conduct a swarming technology demonstration in which 30 small Coyote unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be tube-launched within two minutes from a ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The event by the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program is scheduled to occur the week of […]