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Defense Daily, Friday, August 18, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 34

Army 'Tees Up' Decision On Abrams Tank Missile Shields

ABERDEEN TEST CENTER, Md. – By October the Army will have decided whether to outfit a brigade’s worth of Abrams tanks with the Trophy active protection systems (APS) that the service has been studying for months.The Army’s program executive office for ground combat systems (PEO GCS) has finished collecting information that will “tee up” a…

NASA Exploring Next-Generation Space Communications Satellites

With NASA gearing up to launch its last Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M), the agency has begun studying what its next generation of space communications satellites might look like.One feature NASA definitely wants is dramatically higher data-transfer rates than it gets from the TDRS constellation, which was conceived in the 1970s, said Badri Younes, deputy…

Canada Awards Thales Up To $4.1 Billion In Arctic And Support Ship Services

The Canadian Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement announced Thursday an eight-year $631 million contract award France's Thales to provide in-service support for Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS).The support includes refit, repair, and maintenance and training for the AOPS and JSS vessels. The contract covers eight years initially but…

GSA Awards Booz Allen $65 Million To Continue Supporting Army Cyber Command

The General Services Administration (GSA), acting in support of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), is awarding Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] a one-year $65 million contract to continue support of the command’s cyberspace operations while it prepares a competition for a new contract.The sole-source award was made by the GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center…

Air Force’s New Space Operations Directorate Nears IOC

The U.S. Air Force expects its new space operations directorate to achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) on Aug. 21, the service announced Aug. 17.The Air Force also revealed that Shawn Barnes, its deputy director for legislative liaison, will become the directorate’s senior civilian, serving as the assistant deputy chief of staff for space operations.…

Navy Redesignating USNS Puller As Commissioned Warship

The Navy is commissioning its first Expeditionary Landing Base as a warship yesterday for greater Navy operational flexibility, the service said.The USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB-3) Expeditionary Sea Base, initially operated by Military Sealift Command, will now be commissioned as the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) at a ceremony at Khalifa bin Salman Port in…

Nuclear Plans Sufficiently Addressing Cyber Threats, NRC Says

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) believes that licensed operators of U.S. nuclear plants are providing sufficient resources to counter cyber threats, according to the agency's response to a letter from Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.).Markey raised concerns in a July 10 letter to the heads of the NRC and several other federal agencies following news reports…