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Nielsen: More Funding For States, NPPD Reorganization Bill Needed To Ensure Election Security

The lead official for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday she is urging state election officials to push Congress for increased election security funding and calling on the Senate to pass a long-standing bill to operationalize a cyber protection office in the department before the year’s end.DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told attendees at a…

F-35 PEO: Unit Cost Could Drop Below $80 Million by 2020

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) remain on track to reach a unit price of $80 million — or less — by lot 14, the program executive officer said Oct. 1.Coming on the heels of an announcement that the Joint Strike Fighter’s manufacturer and the Pentagon had reached a contract agreement…

DoD Awards Brazilian Company Contract to Provide Biometric System for Afghanistan, Iraq

The U.S. Defense Department in September selected Brazil’s Griaule to supply and operate biometric identity management systems for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, a contract that represents the company’s largest award with the U.S. government.The award for the Afghanistan and Iraqi Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) is worth about $75 million over five years.…

Development of Next-Gen Biometric Identity Management System on Schedule, DHS Officials Say

TAMPA, Fla.—More than six months into the development and acquisition of a next-generation cloud-based biometric storage and matching system for the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) effort is holding to schedule, department officials overseeing the program said on Tuesday.The HART program is still on track to have the first increment…

Justice Department Okays UTC's Deal For Rockwell Collins, With Conditions

The Department of Justice on Monday evening approved United Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] pending $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins [COL], although the government requires UTC to divest two Rockwell Collins’ business units to preserve competition in the marketplace.The government said that UTX must divest the pneumatic ice protection systems and trimmable horizontal stabilizer business units…

Raytheon Partners With Cyber Firms To Add Technology To Security Service

Raytheon [RTN] on Tuesday said it has entered partnerships with two cyber security product companies, Cybraics and Authentic8, to add their technologies to its cyber-as-a-service subscription model.Raytheon said the partnerships will provide a security analytics and artificial intelligence platform, and a cloud-based secure virtual browser to aid its customers with protecting critical infrastructures.“With global critical…

MDA Says SM-3 IIA Test Failure Caused By Third Stage Ignition Part

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said it found the likely reason why a Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile failed to intercept a target in a January test (FTM-29): a device did not ignite the third stage rocket motor (TSRM).MDA and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex in Hawaii…

GA Finishes AAG Testing For Greyhounds and Hawkeyes

General Atomics [GA] said Tuesday it and the U.S. Navy have finished performance testing for the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the C-2A Greyhound, E-2C+ Hawkeye, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Navy aircraft, taking a step in allowing propeller aircraft to land on the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).This performance testing…