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Defense Daily, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Vol. 277, Issue 9

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NRO Launch. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office satellite (NROL-47) lifted off Jan. 12 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch of the classified spacecraft was delayed a day due to a problem with a ground system valve, ULA said.AFWERX Vegas. In Las Vegas, the Air…

DDG-51 Flight III Status Update

The DDG-51 program manager said at the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium last week that the DDG-51 Alreigh Burke class Flight III Baseline’s detail design work is on track to support the beginning of construction early this year.The Flight III model of the destroyer primarily aims to deliver a more advanced ballistic missile defense capability…

New TRADOC Guideline Sets Approach To Future Army Cyberspace Operations

Future Army cyber operations will require improved ownership of the electromagnetic spectrum and accelerated integration of cyber and electronic warfare (EW) operations to outpace peer adversaries’ technological advances, according to a new Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) document. The new cyber operations pamphlet, released Jan. 9, was commissioned by the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC)…

Peraton Streamlines Business Structure; Hiring Former DHS S&T Chief Brothers

Peraton last week announced a new organizational structure that essentially consolidates its operating segments from six to four in an effort to help eliminate duplication and overlap while also improving its customer focus.The company this week also expects to announce the hiring of Reggie Brothers, who was undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Department…

GAO Denies L-3, DynCorp Protests On Army Aviation Support Contract Loss

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied two protests on the $387 million Army contract for training support at Fort Rucker, Ala.Both DynCorp International LLC and L-3 [LLL] Army Sustainment LLC protested the contract award to M1 Support Services, which was announced in September.L-3 had been the incumbent contractor for more than a decade, having…

House Speaker Urges Budget Deal To Help Restore Military Readiness

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is prodding his fellow lawmakers to reach an agreement on a fiscal year 2018 budget, saying that the lack of such a deal is worsening the military’s already severe readiness problems.At his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill Jan. 11, Ryan said that too few planes, ships and soldiers are…

Romania Awards General Dynamics European Land Systems Over $1 Billion To Deliver 227 Piranha 5 Vehicles

General Dynamics [GD] European Land Systems has received a contract for over a $1 billion to deliver over two hundred Piranha 5 wheeled armored vehicles to the Romanian Armed Forces.The deal, signed Friday at a ceremony with Romania’s prime minister Mihai Tudose, calls for GD to produce six configurations of the Piranha 5 vehicles in…