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Defense Daily, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, Vol. 263, Issue 44

DEFENSE WATCH Iraq Costing $7.5 Million Daily. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says Friday the Pentagon has spent an average of $7.5 million a day on air strikes, humanitarian aid and observation teams in Iraq since U.S. involvement began on June 16. “It didn't start out at $7.5 [million] per day–as our [operational tempo] [...]

The block 2 version of the Rolling Airframe Missile during testing. Photo provided by Raytheon.

Navy, Raytheon Unveil New Version Of Rolling Airframe Missile

TUCSON, Ariz.—The Navy formally took delivery of the newest version of the Rolling Airframe Missile for ship defense, a Block 2 variant designed for greater range and improved maneuverability and targeting. The brief ceremony to roll out the RAM Block 2 took place Wednesday at builder Raytheon’s [RTN] missile production facility here. “It is a [...]

U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana. Photo: Justice Department

Obama Nominates Two For Senior Positions At DHS

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Friday said that President Obama has announced his intention to nominate two senior leadership officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Russell Deyo as Under Secretary for Management and Sarah Saldana as Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Saldana, who has been the United States Attorney [...]

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii)

Reelection Bids For Several Defense-Focused Lawmakers Heated Up in August

While Congress was away for its August recess, several members of defense committees saw their reelection bids get significantly more competitive, and one key lawmaker was knocked out of the general election. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), a House Armed Services Committee member and co-chair of the committee’s Asia Pacific rebalance oversight effort, lost her bid [...]

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DEFENSE WATCH

Iraq Costing $7.5 Million Daily. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says Friday the Pentagon has spent an average of $7.5 million a day on air strikes, humanitarian aid and observation teams in Iraq since U.S. involvement began on June 16. “It didn’t start out at $7.5 [million] per day–as our [operational tempo] and our [...]

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift launch vehicle concept. Photo: NASA.

Lawmakers Want Answers From NASA After Announcement Of Potential SLS Slip

A pair of lawmakers wants answers from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden after the civil space agency announced the initial flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket may not take place until as late as November 2018. “It is troubling that NASA officials are now claiming the agency is challenged to meet dates that you [...]

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Kendall Memo Addresses Some Barriers to Competition; Industry Says More Work to be Done

Defense acquisition chief Frank Kendall announced five new measures to boost competition in defense contracting, though industry representatives said it is a tough problem that will take additional measures to fix. The Aug. 21 memo, posted online by the National Defense Industrial Association, notes that “when we create and maintain a competitive environment, we are [...]

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Saab To Deliver New Norwegian Army Vehicle Simulators

Saab has been awarded an approximately $20.3 million contract from the Norwegian army for development and serial deliveries of the new generation GAMER vehicle simulators, a dual simulator training system. “Norway is an important market for Saab. We will deliver a very advanced military training system for vehicles that will have the best training effect.” [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, August 29, 2014, Vol. 263, Issue 43

New Zealand-Based Rocket Developer Wants Eventual U.S. Launch Site By Pat Host A New Zealand-based rocket developer aiming for a $5 million per launch price tag wants to eventually set up a United States-based launch facility so he can compete for Defense Department contracts. Peter Beck, founder of Rocket Lab, is building a rocket with [...]

AI3 Missile Firing
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Raytheon’s AI3 Missile Successful In First Cruise Missile Intercept

Raytheon [RTN] and the Army achieved the first intercept of a cruise missile by the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative (AI3) missile. An AI3 missile also destroyed an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Both intercepts occurred during the recent Black Dart demonstration–a U.S. military exercise held July 29-Aug. 11. Fired from the Avenger launcher, AI3 missiles intercepted [...]