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Defense Daily, Monday, December 18, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 53

Defense Watch

CR Uncertainty. The continuing resolution (CR) that temporarily funds the federal government expires Dec. 22, but what will replace it is unclear. The Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has introduced legislation that would fully fund defense for the rest of fiscal year 2018 and fund the rest of the government through Jan. 19…

Mercury In Talks To Acquire Rugged Computing Solutions Provider Themis

Mercury Systems, Inc. [MRCY] last Thursday evening said it is in negotiations to acquire for about $175 million in cash Themis Computer, a company that provides rugged computing solutions for military, aerospace, energy, and commercial applications.Mercury disclosed the talks for Themis in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission after the company inadvertently posted…

White House Releases Final IT Modernization Report, Removes Provision To Halt Planned Legacy Acquisitions

The White House has released the final version of its strategic plan for modernizing federal information technology (IT), and has removed an earlier provision to halt all upcoming procurements related to legacy systems.The administration’s Office of American Innovation report details plans to leverage cloud computing systems, update the IT acquisition process and implement strategies for…

Marines Take Over Testing Of Robotic Resupply Helicopter

The Marine Corps will take over testing of an autonomous UH-1 Huey after a successful final test of the robotic aircraft on Dec. 13 in which it demonstrated the ability to perform combat resupply missions without a pilot.Developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Aurora Flight Sciences, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System…

New GPS Receiver Cards To Exceed DoD Cost Estimate By Billions, GAO Says

Installing new Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver cards on more than 700 different weapons systems will cost billions of dollars more than the Department of Defense’s estimate of $2.5 billion through fiscal year 2021, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).DoD's estimate reflects the existence of full or partial funding for…

Raytheon Completes Testing For Australian CEC Navy Sensor Net

Raytheon [RTN] finished the design, development, and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system and is ready for U.S. Navy certification to use in international installation, the company said Wednesday.This sensor netting system distributes sensor-derived information to all CEC units. The CEC has been use on U.S. ships since the 1990s and is still…