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Defense Daily, Monday, June 25, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 57

Newsletter Defense Watch: SpaceX Win, DoD Approps Activity, Transcom Nominee By Rich Abott SpaceX Contract. SpaceX has edged out United Launch Alliance (ULA) for a U.S. Air Force contract to place a classified satellite in orbit in late fiscal year 2020. Under the $130 million contract, announced late June 21 and awarded through the Evolved […]

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Army Wants Experimental Attack Helicopters Flying By 2023

  Within the next five years, the Army wants at least two AH-64 Apache-sized armed reconnaissance helicopter prototypes up and flying, according to a notice the service issued June 22. The so-called “Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)” seeks to design, build, and test technically mature aircraft in an operationally relevant environment, the […]

Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Photo: Coast Guard

Senate Appropriators Believe Coast Guard Needs 12th National Security Cutter

Even though they didn’t provide funding for a 12th National Security Cutter (NSC) in their markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, the Senate Appropriations Committee says it still believes the Coast Guard needs the vessel. “The Committee continues to believe that the Coast Guard’s fleet of twelve […]

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Commerce Department Gearing Up For New Role In Space Situational Awareness

The U.S. Commerce Department, which the Trump administration recently tapped to replace the Department of Defense in providing space object tracking information to industry, expects to finish taking over its new role in about a year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said June 22. Commerce plans to send “initial delegations” to Vandenberg Air Force Base in […]

Defense Watch: SpaceX Win, DoD Approps Activity, Transcom Nominee

SpaceX Contract. SpaceX has edged out United Launch Alliance (ULA) for a U.S. Air Force contract to place a classified satellite in orbit in late fiscal year 2020. Under the $130 million contract, announced late June 21 and awarded through the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the […]

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Sikorsky/Boeing ‘Defiant’ Utility Rotorcraft Prototype On Schedule For 2018 First Flight

In Palm Beach, Fla., a team of Sikorsky and Boeing [BA] engineers is diligently progressing toward a 2018 first-flight of the SB-1 Defiant next-generation rotorcraft. “We continue to achieve milestones in support of flying Defiant in 2018,” the company said in a prepared statement emailed to sister publication R&WI. “The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues its rigorous testing program […]

Defense Daily, Friday, June 22, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 56

Newsletter Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says By Marc Selinger Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

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House Votes Down Border Security, Immigration Bill

The House on Thursday afternoon voted down the first of two Republican bills under consideration for bolstering border security and introducing immigration reforms as enough Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing the measure. After the defeat of the first bill, House Republican leaders postponed a vote until at least Friday on similar legislation that was […]

Sikorsky S-97 Raider during its first flight in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sikorsky’s Prototype Attack Chopper Lifts Off After Nearly A Year On The Ground

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider’s flight test program has lifted off after being grounded for nearly a year. The demonstrator met its flight objectives Tuesday. Sikorsky Vice President for Future Vertical Lift Dan Spoor said test pilots Bill Fell and John Groth flew the complete flight test card, flying the aircraft for 90 minutes at Sikorsky’s facility […]