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Defense Daily, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 7

Army Moving At Least $25 Billion In Future Funding To Modernization Priorities

Top Army leadership has identified at least $25 billion in proposed funding over the next five years that it plans to shift from equipment items to its top modernization and readiness priorities, with the number expected to grow as officials begin assessing lower tier manning and training priorities.Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at a…

Army Going With 6.8mm Caliber Rifle For Next-Gen Squad Weapon, Tests To Start Next Summer

The Army next summer will test a 6.8mm caliber rifle as its next generation squad weapon (NGSW), an M4 and M249 replacement, with officials looking to initially purchase 100,000 of the new rifles for soldiers in close quarters combat duties.Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, told reporters during a Monday press conference that…

Big Ticket Army Modernization Efforts Could Impact Chinook Upgrades

Big ticket Army modernization programs, such as Future Vertical Lift and the Next Generation Combat Vehicle, could delay Block II upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook heavylift chopper.The Army plans to upgrade 542 Chinooks to Block II configuration, including 473 planned CH-47F and 69 MH-47G Special Operations variants.Boeing [BA] is "quite concerned" about the effect a…

SB-1 Defiant Complete Except For Main Rotor Blades, Ground Runs to Begin in November

Installation of its eight 30-foot-long rigid rotor blades is all the SB-1 Defiant needs to be a complete compound helicopter scheduled for a first flight before the end of the year.“Defiant has been completely built, minus the rotor blades,” Rich Koucheravy, Sikorsky’s [LMT] future vertical lift director, said Oct. 8 at the Association of the…

Trump Administration, DoD Zero In on Threats from China

President Trump’s administration is making clear through recent speeches, published reports and legislation that the U.S. economy — and within it, the defense industrial base — is suffering due to a series of targeted, deliberative efforts by China.In 2017, Trump directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to lead a multi-agency analysis of the health of…

Lockheed Martin Awarded $390 Million for JASSM Lot 16 Production

The Air Force on Friday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $390 million contract to continue production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff missile (JASSM) currently in use on several of the service’s fighter and bomber fleets.The contract is for Lot 16 production and includes 360 JASSM-extended range (JASSM-ER) missiles, three foreign military sales (FMS) separation text…

Army Has The Capabilities It Needs Amid Broadening Offensive Cyber Mission, Official Says

With the Defense Department’s new strategy that broadens the cyber missions of the armed forces to include more day to day offensive capabilities, the Army has the capabilities and authorities now to adapt to the changing strategy, a service official said on Monday.“We have the capabilities and then when we are asked to employ the…