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Defense Daily, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 50

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan To Get More ISR Support

American forces in Afghanistan expect to receive more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets as the winding down of combat in Iraq and Syria frees up those systems for other uses, a U.S. general said Dec. 12.“As those assets become available and come to us, we’ll, of course, be able to leverage them and use…

Trump Signs FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill, Urges Hill To Finish Defense Appropriations

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report (H.R. 2810) into law Dec. 12, calling the nearly $700-billion measure “a momentous step” toward rebuilding the military and protecting the nation.“This legislation will enhance our readiness, modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need to…

Marines Deploy Tactical Biometrics System

The Marine Corps has completed fielding of a new handheld, multimodal biometrics data collection system that gives Marines the ability to quickly connect with databases to help identify individuals encountered during various types of operations.The Identity Dominance System-Marine Corp (IDS-MC) includes the handheld multimodal biometric Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit (SEEK), produced by Crossmatch Technologies, a…

DHS Official Praises House Passage of Infrastructure Cyber Security Reorganization Bill

The Department of Homeland Security’s lead infrastructure security official offered praise Tuesday for legislation the House has passed to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to its own operational agency with critical infrastructure protection authorities, including over election systems.The bill, passed yesterday in the House by a voice vote, renames and elevates the…

Canada Unveils CF-18 Fighter Replacement Competition, Confirms Using Australian Jets In Interim

The Canadian government announced on Tuesday it is launching a competition to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighter jet fleet and will acquire 18 Australian jets in the interim.Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) said it will purchase 88 advanced fighter aircraft in “an open and transparent competition to permanently replace” the existing fleet of 76 older…

Army Missile Defense Brain Passes Complex Test Of Threat-Tracking Capability

The Army’s open architecture missile defense brain recently demonstrated its ability to track and defend against an array of aerial threats during the most complex test of the system to date.Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla., used Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS), to direct Army air and missile…

Senate Democrats Say White House Proposing Counter-Terrorism Funding Cuts In FY '19

The White House budget office wants the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to pare $44 million from its FY ’19 budget proposal for various homeland security grants and other programs on top of $524 million in cuts contained in the Trump administration’s FY ’18 budget proposal, according to a new report from the Democratic staff…