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Defense Daily, Thursday, August 24, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 38

Lockheed, Raytheon Win Air Force Contracts For New Nuclear Cruise Missile

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN] received contracts Aug. 23 to mature designs for the Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO), a replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s aging, nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM).Each company has been awarded a 54-month contract valued at about $900 million for the program’s technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase.…

Seventh Fleet Commander Relieved After Collisions; HII To Repair USS Fitzgerald

The Defense Department relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Seventh Fleet, in the wake of two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers colliding with commercial vessels this summer.The Navy announced in a brief statement that Aucoin was relieved by Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, “due to a loss of confidence in his ability…

DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad.Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. - were…

U.S. 'Falling Short' Of Cyber Security Potential, Says Draft Report To Trump

The United States is failing to take full advantage of its collective capabilities to defend the nation against cyber threats due to a lack or organization between the private and federal sectors, says a draft report by a presidential advisory council.“The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) believes the Federal Government and private sector collectively…

Navy, Marine Corps Want More Competency Before Full Move To Commercial Cloud

Increased data optimization is driving the migration of the Navy and Marine Corps’ systems and applications to the commercial cloud rather than cutting costs, in a process that is slowing down until both military departments gain full organizational competency for the transition.Marine Corps Chief Technology Advisor Daniel Corbin and Director of the Navy’s Program Executive…

SpaceX’s Musk Unveils New Spacesuit

SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted the “first picture” of his company’s new spacesuit on social media Aug. 23.The photograph shows a sleek, mostly white suit buckled into what seems to be a spacecraft. A man’s face appears in the helmet behind a tinted shield.The spacesuit, which vaguely resembles the uniform of a Star Wars Stormtrooper,…