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Defense Daily, Monday, October 29, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 21

Defense Watch: KC-46 Evaluation, GDIT Protest, M&A Activity, Drone Restrictions

KC-46 Goes International. The KC-46 flight test program is conducting a test called Integrated System Evaluation (ISE) to evaluate worldwide operations and military utility of the aerial refueling aircraft. On Oct. 23, news outlet The War Zone reported a KC-46 flew from Eglin AFB, Florida, to Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and finally to Yokota Air Base,…

Shanahan: DoD Following White House Request to Cut Billions from 2020 Budget

As the Defense Department works on its fiscal year 2020 (FY’20) budget request throughout the rest of this calendar year, it is doing so with the goal of meeting President Trump’s request to cut billions across agency budgets, the Pentagon’s number-two official said Oct. 26.Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters that DoD is working…

Initial Space Force Estimates for FY '20 Budget Imminent

The Defense Department plans to have an initial cost estimate for Space Force efforts within the fiscal year 2020 budget request by next week, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Oct. 26.Speaking at the annual Military Reporters and Editors conference in Arlington, Va., Shanahan told reporters to put the previously reported estimate of $13 billion…

MDA Succeeds In Fourth SM-3 IIA Intercept After Two Failures

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the fourth Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA intercept test on Friday, called Flight Test Standard Missile-45 (FTM-45), following two failures.This latest test had a medium-range ballistic target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The Arleigh Burke-class USS John Finn (DDG-113) detected and tracked…

Northrop Grumman and L3 Win Next Generation Jammer Contracts After GAO Denies Raytheon Protest

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded L3 Technologies [LLL] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] contracts worth over $35 million each to demonstrate and test technologies that may provide a solution for the low band part of the Next Generation jammer program.NAVAIR awarded the contracts on Thursday and come after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on…