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Defense Daily, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, Vol. 263, Issue 64

DoD Working to Secure Funds to Fight ISIS; CSBA: Costs Could Range from $2.4 Billion to $22 Billion Annually By Megan Eckstein The Defense Department is working with congressional committees to obtain additional funding for fiscal year 2015 for operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), though it is unclear at this [...]

An F/A-18 dropping a JDAM. Photo: Boeing

Boeing Marks 10,000 Laser JDAMS

Boeing [BA] has delivered 10,000 laser guidance kits for the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), a capability that was added to the bombs to enhance their ability to strike mobile targets. The delivery was made earlier this month under a contract with the Navy to produce 12,442 of the units, which add the laser capability [...]

Jim Strock, director of the Marine Corps' Seabasing Integration Division

Marine Corps Restructures Combat Development & Integration to Emphasize Seabasing Needs

Marine Corps headquarters restructured its combat development and integration office to bring more prominence to its seabasing portfolio. The Seabasing Integration Division now reports directly to the deputy commandant for combat development and integration. Seabasing used to fall under the Capabilities Development Directorate at CD&I, whereas now it has been pulled out and given equal [...]

Lockheed Martin in 2013 opened a cyber security and technology center in Canberra. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Establishing ICT Engineering Hub For Asia-Pacific Region

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Monday said it is investing $8 million to establish an information communications technology (ICT) in Australia for the Asia-Pacific region. The company said the new facility near Melbourne will accommodate 190 staff, including at least 150 new personnel, which will more than double its workforce in the city. Lockheed Martin said [...]

The F-22. Photo: Air Force.

Integrated Avionics Drives Air Force To Use F-22 In Combat For First Time

The F-22’s integrated avionics that fuse information from on- and off-board sensors led the Air Force to use the fifth-generation fighter jet for the first time recently in combat, according to a key service official. Air Force Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigan said Monday the fused [...]

Barco's thin rugged displays. Photo: Barco

Esterline To Acquire Barco’s Displays Business For $200 Million

Esterline Corp. [ESL] on Monday said it has agreed to acquire the aerospace and defense display business of Belgium’s Barco N.V. for about $200 million, expanding its global business and its display capability. Esterline expects the deal to be modestly accretive in its fiscal year 2015 and “significantly more so over time.” The company also [...]

Defense Daily, Monday, Sept. 29, Vol. 263, Issue 63

DEFENSE WATCH New Leader. The incoming Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway, takes up his duties Wednesday Oct. 1. Outgoing NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said farewell Friday, while he officially ends his tenure on Sept. 30. During his last days as NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at his [...]

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at his last meeting of the North Atlantic Council. Left of him NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow (U.S.)
Photo: NATO

DEFENSE WATCH

New Leader. The incoming Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway, takes up his duties Wednesday Oct. 1. Outgoing NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said farewell Friday, while he officially ends his tenure on Sept. 30. During his last days as Secretary General, Rasmussen visited West Point, noting the first NATO [...]

General Dynamics Land Systems' entry for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition.

Marines Expect ACV RFP in Spring; Will Choose 2 Winners for Prototype Production, Testing

The Marine Corps held its second Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) industry day at the Modern Day Marine military expo at Quantico, with plans to release two draft requests for proposals (RFP) later this year before putting out the final RFP in the spring and moving quickly into prototype production and testing. Col. Wendell Leimbach, the [...]