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Defense Daily, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 58

Defense Watch

Editor's Note. This will be the last issue of Defense Daily in 2017. Our next issue will be dated Jan. 3, 2018. Happy Holidays!F-35 Production. Lockheed Martin plans to deliver about 90 F-35 Lightning IIs to U.S. and foreign customers in 2018, up from 66 fighter jets this year and 46 in 2016, a company…

New CR Becomes Law But Draws Sen. McCain’s Ire

President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide $4.7 billion in emergency funding for ballistic missile defense and Navy ship repairs.The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 1370) by a 66-32 vote late Dec. 21 following similar action in the…

GAO Report: New Columbia-Class Technology Risks May Postpone Deployment Of Lead Submarine

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress found that several technologies for the Columbia-class submarine program need more development and testing to prevent cost and schedule delays that could delay deployment of the lead submarine beyond a 2031 deadline.Twelve Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) are planned to replace the existing 14 Ohio-class vessels that…

Manfra Looking For New Models Of Cyber Security Collaboration

Building on the lessons learned from its response to the global WannaCry ransomware attack carried out by North Korea in May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is examining sustainable ways to enhance how it works with the private sector to prevent, respond to, and recover from cyber security incidents.The department is looking to potentially…

Army Pays GD $2.6B For Abrams Tank Upgrades

General Dynamics [GD] on Dec. 21 closed on a $2.6 billion deal to upgrade nearly 800 M1 Abrams tanks to the most modern configuration.The fixed-price incentive contract includes upgrading 786 M1A1 main battle tanks to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) and a number of M1A1s to M1A2S and M1A2-K configurations, bringing the…

BAE Takes Home Howitzer Contract Carrying Full-rate Production Option

BAE Systems has been given the green light and a hefty check by the Army to upgrade the final lot of M109 Paladin self-propelled guns to the modern A7 configuration, a move that all but clears the vehicle for full-rate production, according to a company executive.The Army on Dec. 21 awarded BAE a $227 million…

Boeing Nabs $1.2 Billion Contract For 10 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing [BA] a $1.2 billion modification to a firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to build and deliver ten Lot 9 full-rate production P-8A Poseidon aircraft, according to a Dec. 20 contract announcement.The modification includes seven Poseidons for the U.S. Navy and three for Britain. The modification also provides for Lot…

Short-Term Budget Resolution Includes Sec. 702 Deadline Extension, IC Officials Urge Full Reauthorization

Congress passed a short-term budget resolution last Thursday which includes extending a National Security Agency (NSA) authority that allows for the warrantless collection of foreign suspects’ communications outside of U.S. borders.The surveillance law, Sec. 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), was set to expire on Dec. 31, but amid pressure from the intelligence…