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Defense Daily, Friday, December 22, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 57

New CR Includes Billions For Missile Defense, Ship Repairs

The House of Representatives passed a new continuing resolution (CR) late Dec. 21 that would keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for missile defense and Navy ship repairs.The CR (H.R. 1370), which was headed to the Senate for its consideration, would provide about $4 billion…

Defense Department Business, Modernization Restructure Set For Jan. 2 Launch

Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan is further restructuring the Defense Department by handing off day-to-day operations of the Pentagon to a chief management officer so he can focus on big-ticket acquisition programs and modernization.The Pentagon in February is expected to publish its National Defense Strategy (NDS), which will lay out the administration’s vision of…

Boeing In Talks On Combination With Embraer

Boeing [BA] and Brazil’s Embraer [ERJ] on Thursday said they are in discussions for a “potential combination” following a report in the Wall Street Journal that Boeing is in talks to acquire the maker of regional and business jets, light-attack fighters and reconnaissance aircraft, and medium-size military transport aircraft.The Journal reported that the potential acquisition would…

Mercury In Agreement To Acquire Themis

A week after disclosing it was in discussions to acquire Themis Computer, Mercury Systems [MRCY] on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire the Silicon Valley-based provider of rugged computing solutions in a $180 million cash deal that builds on the company’s recent entry into the C4I market.The price for Themis is $5 million higher…

Saab Acquiring Two Swedish Shipyards

Sweden’s Saab on Thursday said it is acquiring two compatriot shipyards, one a producer of small combat and patrol boats and the other a ship repair yard, in a deal aimed at enhancing its naval product offerings.Terms of the acquisitions, which are expected to close on Dec. 29, were not disclosed. The two businesses combined…

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Election Cyber Security

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation Thursday to improve voting system cyber security efforts meant to prevent future election interference.The Secure Elections Act, sponsored by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), sets new guidelines for cyber threat information sharing between State officials and the Department of Homeland Security, establishes an advisory panel to oversee election security…

KC-46A Tanker Receives First Of Two FAA Certifications

The KC-46A Pegasus tanker that Boeing [BA] is developing for the U.S. Air Force has received the first of two airworthiness certifications it must get from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the company announced Dec. 21.The amended type certificate (ATC) verifies that the 767-2C, a KC-46A without the aerial refueling system installed, is safe and…

Lawmakers Push Two-Carrier Procurement

Over 100 members of Congress, led by the leadership of the House Armed Service Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, pushed Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Wednesday to request a dual aircraft carrier procurement for the next two aircraft carriers.In explaining the members’ interest in dual procurement for the next two Gerald R. Ford-class…