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Defense Daily, Thursday, September 20, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 57

Shanahan Highlights Space Force, Hypersonics in Next DoD Budget

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As Congress appears poised to pass the fiscal year 2019 (FY‘19) defense appropriations budget before the end of the fiscal year for the first time in over a decade, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) deputy secretary is looking at the next year’s budget request to shape the next half-century of military…

Lockheed Martin Leading Next Generation of Air Force Space Programs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is poised to produce the Air Force’s major satellite capabilities over the next decade, but company and service officials deny that there may be a growing dearth of competition for future space programs.The service last Friday announced that Lockheed Martin was chosen to develop the service’s next-generation GPS…

Bidders Await US Air Force Award on UH-1N Replacement This Month

Bidders on the U.S. Air Force UH-1N replacement program are awaiting a final contract award this month to replace the service's Huey fleet with 84 helicopters. While the acquisition contract could be worth up to $900 million, the Air Force forecasts $4.1 billion in total costs over the projected 30-year service life of the aircraft.The…

Sikorsky Eyes Potential US Air Force Increase in Rescue Squadrons

Sikorsky [LMT] is eyeing a proposed nine-squadron increase in U.S. Air Force rescue squadrons — an increase, which, if funded, could mean an additional 10 to 20 rotor air frames beyond the 112 currently planned HH-60Ws.Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson outlined the proposed increase in her speech at the Air Force Association annual conference this…

Senate Confirms White House Pick for Senior DoE Weapons Post

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Charles Verdon as the deputy administrator for defense programs in the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.Verdon, most recently principal associate director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate, got the thumbs-up nearly seven months after President Trump nominated him for the top National Nuclear…