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Lt. Gen. John Murray nominated to lead Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray Nominated To Lead Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray has been nominated to receive a fourth star and lead the Army’s modernization efforts as commander of the new Futures Command. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff G-8, would oversee the Army’s entire modernization command and an operation of around 500 personnel. The nomination arrives after senior Army […]

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) conducts a live-fire exercise with its MK 110 57mm Gun as part of the Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) when the crew demonstrates complete operability of the ship's combat systems suite. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Littoral Combat Ships Reach Anti-Sub Milestones And LCS-8 Finishes Trials

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package finished two testing milestones and LCS-8 finished combat system qualification trials, the Navy said this week. The Navy is developing ASW mission packages to give selected LCSs a counter-submarine capability. The first milestone was a 10-day Dockside-1 test event on the Dual-Mode ARay Transmitter (DART) […]

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House Passes Resolution Committing To On-Time Defense Appropriations; NDAA Conference Continues

Lawmakers on Tuesday passed a resolution to commit to providing the Pentagon with a fully authorized, on-time budget as the House and Senate continue negotiations on the respective versions of their FY ’19 defense authorization bills ahead of a July 27 deadline to complete work on a conference agreement. Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) resolution cites […]

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Boeing Working With SparkCognition On Unmanned Traffic Management Solutions

Boeing [BA] on Tuesday said it is working with a small company it invested in last year to provide traffic management solutions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Boeing said it and SparkCognition will apply artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to the unmanned air traffic management system, which will track flights and create flight corridors. The […]

A Multi Mission Combat Ship, based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat shi, with an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. Lockheed has started working on four ships for Saudi Arabia. (Artist rendering: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Nabs $451 Million In More Long-Lead Work On Saudi Surface Combatants

The Naval Sea Systems Command on Monday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $451 million modification for the long-lead-time and detail design to support building four Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships for a sale to Saudi Arabia. The MMSC is based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) hull, built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in […]

Raytheon's Coyote small unmanned aerial system (UAS). Photo: Defense Daily.

Army Taps Raytheon Drone-Radar Combo For Urgent Counter-UAS Capability

The U.S. Army will use Raytheon’s [RTN] Coyote unmanned aircraft system and the KRFS radar, as a near-term counter-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capability to protect deployed units from enemy drones. Raytheon has delivered 40 KRFS, or Ku band radio frequency system, units to date, with as many as 32 deployed with Army units overseas. The company is finalizing development […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

In Collective Cyber Defense, Manfra Wants Public And Private Sectors Working From Same Playbooks

ARLINGTON, Va.–As the Department of Homeland Security looks to strengthen a collective defense approach to cyber security between government and industry, it is working with the private sector to help develop a mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in preparing for and responding to incidents and events, according to a department […]

Defense Daily, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 11

Newsletter Lockheed Martin Targets $80 Million Price Tag For F-35 By LRIP 14 By Calvin Biesecker FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW–Lockheed Martin [LMT] has reached a “handshake” agreement on the low-rate initial product lot 11 (LRIP 11) contract for the F-35, according to a program update provided by a company executive on Monday at the Farnborough International […]

The StormBreaker Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II. (Photo: Raytheon)

Raytheon Announces Milestones For SDB II, Joint Strike Missile, And Digital HUD

Raytheon [RTN] announced three milestones for defense products Monday during the start of the Farnborough International Airshow outside London, including the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II, Joint Strike Missile, and an F-16 heads-up display (HUD). The SDB II, now known as the StormBreaker bomb, entered operational testing as of Monday after the weapon completed a […]

A KC-46 refuels an A-10 during testing. Photo: Air Force.

KC-46A Tanker Completes Flight Testing Ahead Of First Expected Delivery In October

The Air Force completed flight testing on July 6 for the KC-46A refueling tanker, bringing Boeing [BA] a step closer to delivering the first aircraft in October for the oft-delayed program, company officials announced on Friday. The KC-46 concluded Military Type Certification (MTC) testing, and has now successfully demonstrated receiver testing with KC-135, F-16 and […]