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Defense Daily, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Vol.. 275, Issue 32

Air Force's Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Face Challenges, GAO Says

The U.S. Air Force does not have adequate resources to address the long-term needs of its nuclear command, control and communications (NC3) systems, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Aug. 15.“We found that the Air Force has continued to take steps to provide an Air Force-wide NC3 oversight structure for the NC3 Weapon System, but…

Huntington Ingalls Agrees To $9 Million Settlement To Settle False Claims Allegations

The Justice Department on Tuesday said that shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] has agreed to a $9.2 million settlement over alleged billing violations on Navy and Coast Guard ship contracts.The company previously made payments of $1.3 million, so under the settlement it will pay an additional $7.9 million to resolve a lawsuit by a former…

Stennis Finishes Sea Trials Five Days Early

The Navy’s Nimitz-class USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) aircraft carrier completed sea trials five days early, the Navy said Monday.The sea trials were the last part of the ship’s planned incremental availability (PIA), a period when the ship undergoes repairs and upgrades. This PIA had CVN-74 receive improved operational systems, upgraded navigation systems, and refurbished…

Air Force's X-37B Spaceplane Might Fly Again In September

The next launch of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned reusable spaceplane will occur “no earlier than September,” launch vehicle provider SpaceX said Aug. 14.The Air Force had previously indicated that the launch would occur “no earlier than August,” but it cautioned that the launch date was “still in the process of being manifested on…

Navy And Industry To Demonstrate Autonomous Technologies

The Navy, along with a team of industry partners, is demonstrating autonomous technologies in a contested environment during the annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) this week.The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Northrop Grumman [NOC], Battelle, Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII], and Riptide Autonomous Solutions are cooperating in the multi-domain contested marine environment scenario to test multi-platform…

Aurora To Lead Air Force Aerospace Vehicle Research Program

The Air Force has selected Aurora Flight Sciences to support its new aerospace vehicle research program with a nearly $500 million contract to develop innovative technological capabilities. Aurora announced Sunday the $499 million indefinite delivery contract to work with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on its Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research (ASAPTR) program.…

Lawmakers Lay Out Concerns About LANL Contract Competition

Not long after locals did the same, all members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation said this week they have concerns about the Energy Department’s plan for the next national laboratory contract in northern New Mexico.In a list of six concerns over the next decade-spanning management and operations contract at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL),…