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Defense Daily, Thursday, August 31, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 43

Lockheed Won’t Protest Air Force GBSD Contracts

Lockheed Martin [LMT], which recently lost a competition to mature designs for the U.S. Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), announced Aug. 30 that it has chosen not to challenge the contracts awarded to two rivals.“After receiving a debrief and reviewing information provided, Lockheed Martin has accepted the Air Force’s decision on the Ground Based…

MDA Completes Second SM-6 Medium Range Missile Intercept Test

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted its second successful missile defense flight and intercept test of a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) against a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) off the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 29, the agency said Wednesday.During the test, the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), a Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with the Lockheed…

Senators Ask DoD How Budget Caps Could Harm Military

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have asked Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain how the potential return of budget caps in fiscal year 2018 could affect the military.In a letter released Aug. 30, the senators said that the across-the-board budget…

Coast Guard Surveys Market For Land-Based, Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Wednesday issued a Request for Information for land-based high-endurance drone aircraft to help it examine the potential of these systems to patrol vast ocean areas for illegal drug shipments.Earlier this year Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the service wants to obtain land-based, forward-deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to patrol…

Dream Chaser Spaceplane Undergoes Captive-Carry Flight Test

The Dream Chaser reusable spaceplane, which Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) is developing to ship cargo to the International Space Station, has completed the first of two captive-carry flight tests that are supposed to lead to a free-flight test later this year.During the Aug. 30 captive-carry test, which lasted 1 hour and 41 minutes and occurred…

Air Force Association Report Calls On USAF To Address Lagging Cyber Effort

A new report from the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute urges Air Force leadership to address not treating data as a strategic asset and leveraging industry input as part of a wider effort to meet cyber space challenges. The report, “The Cyber Edge: Posturing the US Air Force for the Information Age,” released Wednesday by…

Senators Ask Departments For Cyber Security Plans Directed By Trump

The top Republican and Democrat on a Senate committee have asked five federal department heads for their cyber security plans that were directed to be prepared by President Donald Trump as part of an executive order he issued in May.Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.),…