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Defense Daily, Thursday, October 18, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 14

Bipartisan Calls Increase in Senate to End U.S. Aid to Saudi Forces

Senators on both sides of the aisle are increasingly calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Saudi forces in Yemen and a hold on weapons sales to the Middle Eastern country, and demanding independent investigations into the disappearance of a Saudi writer living in the United States and two recent airstrikes on civilians…

Senior SASC Democrat Defends Mattis Amid Reports of His Departure

As the Defense Department looks to prepare for great power conflicts and continue fighting counterterrorism wars in the Middle East, the department needs Secretary Jim Mattis to maintain continuity and provide unique and thoughtful insight, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) said Oct. 17.It would be “inappropriate” and unhelpful for…

NAVSEA Developing New MCM Unmanned Vessel

Annapolis, Md. -- Last week Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) got the Pentagon’s approval to develop a new common mine countermeasures (MCM) unmanned surface vehicle (USV).The Navy is looking to make a common modular vehicle that can accommodate at least three counter-mine payloads: mine hunting; sweeping; and neutralization, a Navy official said here Tuesday at…

Boeing Establishes New Organization Focusing On Advanced Computing

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday said it has launched a new organization that is focusing on researching and developing capabilities and solutions for secure communications, advanced artificial intelligence, and optimizing complex systems for commercial and government aerospace applications.The Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) will also partner with Boeing’s HorizonX, which is the company’s venture arm that…

ULA Completes 50th Launch For U.S. Air Force With AEHF Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully carried the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force on an Atlas V rocket that took off early Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral. This rocket used was an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle standing at 197 feet tall,…

Pekoske Sees CT Systems Eventually Rolling Out To All Airports

Airports in the U.S. big and small can eventually expect to have next-generation scanning systems deployed at security checkpoints to screen travelers’ carry-on bags, David Pekoske, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Wednesday.The computed tomography (CT)-based scanners have been used in U.S. airports since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to…

3M Launches New Ballistic Helmet Aimed At International Market

3M [MMM] officially launched the F70 new ballistic helmet last week aimed at the international market and featuring improved durability capabilities the company developed while building the Army’s helmet of the future.Terry Griffith, defense business manager for 3M, told Defense Daily several foreign customers have already purchased the new helmet and the company is engaged…

NASA Moving Toward Grand Challenge To Showcase Urban Air Mobility

NASA is searching for industry partners as it moves toward the first agency demonstration of Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge, or GC-1, in late 2020, according to an Oct. 15 Federal Business Opportunities notice.The NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) said that urban air mobility (UAM) "is emerging as one of the most exciting frontiers…

CyPhy’s Tethered Drones Provide Limitless Uptime to Army, Navy

Drones can be used for covert surveillance, attacks, refueling, patrolling, inspection, and any number of other tasks that benefit from a portable aircraft with an operator kept out of harm's way. The U.S. Army and Navy Special Operations Forces use drones from CyPhy Works to get around one of the big hindrances with most unmanned…