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Defense Watch: HASC Markups, WH Cyber Report, Navy Review

Markups Begin. Congressional markups of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill begin at the House Armed Services Committee on April 26. The committee’s six subcommittees will take up the legislation, starting with readiness at 9 a.m., emerging threats and capabilities at 10 a.m., military personnel at 11 a.m., tactical air and land forces at…

Air Force Embracing Automation For Software Approval, IT Processes

The Air Force is readying an announcement it has completed a new initiative to automate the process of approving commercial software, as officials look to speed up the deployment of new capabilities and automate more of the force’s information technology (IT) workload.Lauren Knausenberger, the Air Force’s director of cyberspace innovation, told attendees at an AFCEA…

Air Force Probing F-22 Mishap In Nevada

The U.S. Air Force is investigating why an F-22 Raptor skidded to a stop on the runway at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada shortly after takeoff last week.The Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-22, which is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska, was at Fallon to participate in a training exercise…

Merz: Navy Separating DDG-1000 Gun Ammo From Ship Effort

The Deputy Chief of Naval operations for warfare systems told a Senate panel last week the Navy has separated the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class gun and overall ship efforts from each other to prevent Advanced Gun System (AGS) projectile work from dragging down deployment of the overall ship.Vice Adm. William Merz said, “what we found was the…

New Ships Commissioned and Launched

The Navy plans to commission the latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, the future USS Portland (LPD-27), on Saturday at its namesake city in Portland, Ore., while shipmakers launched and christened the latest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in Wisconsin last week.Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is set to deliver the Portland ceremony’s principal address.…

Raytheon Awarded $83 Million Mine Neutralizer Contract, AMDR LRIP Unit

Raytheon [RTN] was awarded an $83 million Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract on Thursday to design, test, and deploy the Barracuda mine neutralization system.The company describes the Barracuda mine neutralization system as an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle that aims to identify and neutralize three kinds of sea minds: bottom, near surface, and drifting.The…

Navy Seeking Data Management Capabilities

Navy officials are looking for new information technology (IT) capabilities to to make their data more manageable for warfighters and improve the mobility and security of system applications, according to the service’s lead cyber security official.Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett told attendees at a Friday AFCEA IT conference she is looking for industry data standardization solutions…