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Defense Daily, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 13

Geurts: Navy Needs To Use More OTAs, Rapid Acquisition

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy’s top acquisition official on Tuesday said the service needs to continue using more fast acquisition tools to better pivot to new threats.He singled out other transaction authorities (OTAs): acquisition instruments other than contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements that aim to provide more streamlined ways to work on prototype projects and…

Analyst: Too Soon to Tell If Protest-Free Trend Will Stick for Air Force Programs

A series of protest-free wins for major Air Force aircraft programs are a welcome sight for both the service and contract winner Boeing [BA], but whether the trend sticks for future programs remains to be seen.Since late August, Boeing surpassed the expectations of more than a few analysts to win three major aircraft programs: the…

Air Force: Loss of Consciousness Deemed Cause of Fatal 2018 F-16 Crash

The Air Force on Tuesday released an accident investigation board report determining the cause of a fatal F-16 Thunderbird crash this past April.Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an F-16CM pilot assigned to the Thunderbird squadron, fatally crashed after suffering loss of consciousness while performing in a routine aerial demonstration training flight April 4 at the Nevada…

Lockheed Martin Meets Another LRDR Milestone, Full-Rate Production To Start Before End Of Year

Lockheed Martin [LMT] finished another technical milestone for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), completing a closed loop satellite track with tactical hardware and software, setting the company up to start full-rate production before the end of the year, officials announced this weekThe company said this marked a “significant achievement” on the way to delivery…

HII Starts Building Next Amphibious Assault Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] started fabrication of the future USS Bougainville (LHA-8) at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Oct. 15.The ship is largely being produced in the Pascagoula facility and it is scheduled to be delivered by 2024. LHA-8 is set to be the first Flight I LHA Replacement Program ship and third America-class…

BAE Systems Demonstrates Secure Geospatial Intelligence Tool For Potential DoD, IC Customers

BAE Systems said Tuesday it completed a successful demonstration of its latest software to seamlessly share data from its geospatial intelligence platform at military cyber secure levels, amid growing interest from the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community.Company officials tested the XTS Guard 5 information sharing software for its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) earlier this spring…