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Defense Daily, Friday, September 21, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 58

White House Releases New Cyber Strategy Easing Rules On Offensive Operations

The White House released a new National Cyber Strategy on Thursday easing restrictions on offensive operations and the use of cyber weapons, building on an updated Pentagon plan announced earlier this week to broaden the response to ongoing digital attacks .John Bolton, the administration’s national security adviser, told reporters the new plan will provide cyber…

Blue Origin to Invest $1 Billion in New Glenn Rocket in 2019

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Blue Origin is planning to invest $1 billion in its forthcoming New Glenn orbital launch vehicle, as the company works to develop more reusable and affordable space launch capabilities, founder Jeff Bezos said Wednesday.Speaking during the final keynote at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber event here, Bezos…

Significant Upgrades Underway For Air Force U-2

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD--The U.S. Air Force is undertaking significant upgrades for its U-2 Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft at Lockheed Martin's [LMT] Skunk Works facility, including installation of the Raytheon [RTN] Advanced Synthetic Aperture System-2B radar with a moving target indicator capability and open mission systems.The range of the ASARS-2B radar is nearly double that…

Navy Awards Two LCSs To Austal, One To Lockheed Martin

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) this week awarded two fixed-price firm target modifications to Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Austal USA for one and two FY 2018 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), respectively.The Navy said it would not release the contract values because it may release a competitive solicitation for additional LCSs in FY 2019 so…

State Department Approves $75 Million Radar Upgrade Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $75 million deal with the U.K. for Phalanx Baseline 2 Radar Upgrade Kits.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19.The U.K. has requested 50 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits for close-in…

State Department Approves $90 Million SDV Submersible Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $90 million deal with the U.K. for three MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs).The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19.The U.K. has requested three SDV MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles to continue…