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Air Force Awards Boeing $3.2 Billion JDAM Contract

The Air Force on Tuesday awarded Boeing [BA] a fixed-price contract worth as much as $3.2 billion for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits, according to a Defense Department statement. The contract is a fixed-price, incentive-firm, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract modification to a previously awarded contract. Boeing will provide JDAM strap-on inertial guidance […]

Defense Daily, Wednesday, June 1, Vol. 270, Issue 43

Newsletter Senate Appropriators Trim NPPD’s Cyber Request Due To Tight Budgets, Hiring Lags By Calvin Biesecker The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an FY ’17 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes $1 billion in cyber security funding for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), about $53 million less […]
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Air Force Emphasizes Acquisition Speed, Experimentation, In New Report

The Air Force must shun traditional acquisition timelines in favor of agile acquisition approaches using experimentation and prototyping if it wants to dominate the skies in 2030 and beyond, according to a report released Tuesday. In the Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan, chartered by outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force said […]

Time lapse photos of BEAM expansion on May 28. Photo: NASA.

Vibrations From BEAM Deployment Drove NASA Concerns

NASA was so concerned that vibrations reverberating from deployment of Bigelow Aerospace’s Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) could damage the International Space Station (ISS) that the agency initially pursued a manual pressurization technique of “five seconds on, 15 minutes off,” company founder Bob Bigelow told Defense Daily Friday. Bigelow said Thursday’s first, but failed, attempt to […]

GAO Bid Protest Decision On The Army, DCGS Increment 2 and Palantir (May 18, 2016)

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Army RFI On Improved Turbine Engine (May 31, 2016)

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CSBA Report: Expand NATO Nuclear Mission to Deter Russia

A new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) suggests the U.S. take a more involved approach to extended nuclear deterrence posture worldwide by broadening the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) nuclear mission and developing nuclear sharing arrangements in other regions. According to the report, U.S. extended deterrence posture in Europe is […]

Metal braided hose manufactured by United Flexible. Photo: United Flexible

Arlington Capital Company To Acquire Kreisler Manufacturing

The private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners said on Tuesday that its portfolio company United Flexible has agreed to acquire Kreisler Manufacturing Corporation [KRSL], a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies used in commercial and military aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. Illinois-based United Flexible is paying $18 per share in cash for New […]

A Standard Missile (SM)-2 missile being launched from a naval vessel. Photo: Raytheon.

Australia Requests $301 Million For SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles

The State Department approved a possible $301 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) request to Australia for SM-2 Block IIIB STANDARD missiles, equipment, and support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on May 27. The possible sale includes major defense equipment (MDE) of up to 80 Standard Missile, SM-2 Block […]

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Saab Wins $132 Million Contract For Airborne Early Warning And Control (AEW&C)

The Sweden-based Saab AB received an order within the Airborne Early Warning and Controls (AEW&C) segment worth about $132 million from an undisclosed customer, the company said Monday. The AEW&C system provides access to a detailed situational awareness that can be used for border surveillance, search and rescue operations, and confronting terrorism and organized crime […]