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Defense Daily, Monday, August 28, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 40

Defense Watch

Afghan Aviation Support. The Army awarded Leidos Innovation Corp. a $727 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide support for the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing  helicopter and fixed-wing fleets. Leidos was the only bidder. The work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed by May 2020. The Army is…

Army Launches $4B Program For Management Of Commercial IT Hardware

The Army wants to hire a company to manage the purchasing and maintenance of network hardware under a $3.9 billion contract announced Aug. 24.A request for proposals (RFP) for the Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program was released Aug. 24 by the Army’ Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), which expects to…

Air Force Bracing For Possible Budget Turbulence

The U.S. Air Force has begun preparing for the possibility that Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running when fiscal year 2018 begins in a little over a month, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Aug. 25.The Air Force could “adapt” to a “very short” CR, and it is…

GD Wins $101 Million In Navy Contracts For Submarine Acoustic Detection And Command And Control System

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics [GD] two awards totaling $101 million for both submarine acoustic detection capabilities and the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S), the Department of Defense announced Thursday.The Naval Sea Systems Command specifically awarded GD’s Electric Boat Corp. $64.2 million for a large vertical array (LVA) fixture, LVA first article,…

Navy Releases Details of Comprehensive Review After Collisions

The U.S. Navy released a memo last Thursday evening detailing the responsibilities for the new head of the Navy’s comprehensive review following the series of ship collisions in the Pacific theater.The Aug. 24 memo is directed to Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and comes from Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of…

Navy Requires Open Architecture In New Air Combat Training System

Written into the contract for the Navy’s newest combat aircraft training system is a requirement for industry bidders to use a government-established standard communication software architecture.The $142 million contract holds Rockwell Collins [COL] and Leonardo DRS to implementing the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) version 4.1 when building the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS-II).…

GD To Support Navy Meteorology And Oceanography Command's Cyber Efforts

The Navy is securing the cyber resiliency of its meteorology and oceanography command with a potentially $52 million, five-year contract for information technology (IT) and systems engineering services support to General Dynamics Information Technology.Under the deal announced Aug. 24, the IT unit of General Dynamics [GD] will provide cyber resiliency services for the Commander, Naval…

Battelle, Dedrone Partner For Comprehensive Counter UAS Solution

Battelle and a small company that has developed a drone tracking software platform have agreed to partner on an end-to-end counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solution.The non-exclusive memorandum of understanding between Battelle, which has developed a handheld remote-controlled system to defend against small UAS, and California-based Dedrone, is aimed creating a comprehensive drone defeat solution…