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Defense Daily, Tuesday, October 30, 2108, Vol. 280, Issue 22

DoD Deploying 5,200 Troops, Equipment to U.S.-Mexican Border

The Department of Defense plans to deploy some 5,200 active duty troops to the southwestern border by the end of this week in support of Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agents tracking a large group of migrants crossing through Mexico to seek asylum at the border, DoD and Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed Oct.…

Boxall Expounds On DDG Successor And LCS Progress

A top Navy official said the service is looking to get the next Large Surface Combatant (LSC) on contract by 2023 and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program’s dual crew model will give the Navy much more service time on deployment.The LSC will be the successor to the Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 guided-missile destroyers.Compared to a year…

Dunford: More Wargames, Exercises Needed To Better Inform Modernization Budgeting Priorities

The Pentagon’s top military officer on Friday said the department needs to increase its use of war games and exercises to make critical decision on modernization priorities facing potential budget constraints in the near future. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told attendees at the Military Reporters & Editors conference…

J.F. Lehman Acquires Ship Repair Services Firm IMIA

The private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Co. on Monday said it has acquired a ship repair and services firm that serves the Naval and maritime industries.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.J.F. Lehman said it acquired International Maritime & Industrial Applicators, LLC and Craft and Technical Solutions, LLC, which are called IMIA collectively, from…

Thales, Verint Team On Cyber Threat Intelligence

France’s Thales Group and U.S.-based Verint Systems [VRNT] on Monday said they have formed a strategic partnership to provide comprehensive cyber threat intelligence services.The partnership aims to provide services across a spectrum of threats, espionage, information warfare, and cybercrime, the companies said.“Verint’s cyber security and threat intelligence offerings complement ours, bringing an additional approach to…

DoE Already Moving Plutonium Out of S.C. for Weapons Work in New Mexico

The Department of Energy on Monday said it has started moving a metric ton of plutonium out of South Carolina after three federal appeals judges on Friday shot down the agency's argument that a lower court's order to remove the material from the palmetto state by Jan. 1, 2020 was legally flawed.Barring an escalation to the U.S. Supreme…

Air Force Releases Cause of Fatal 2018 Pave Hawk Accident in Iraq

The Air Force has determined the cause of a fatal accident this past March involving a Pave Hawk helicopter in Iraq that killed all on board.On March 15, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing under U.S. Central Command struck a galvanized steel cable and crashed near Al Qaim in…

Northrop Grumman To Build Cyber Command’s First Warfighting Platform

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a $54.6 million contract to build U.S. Cyber Command’s first joint warfighting platform, the company said Monday.The Air Force, working as the acquisition lead, has tasked Northrop Grumman with building Unified Platform, which will serve as a weapons-system like capability to integrate Cyber Command’s offensive, defensive and command and control…

Microsoft Bidding For Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Microsoft [MSFT] has submitted a bid for the Pentagon’s massive cloud computing project, the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, the company said on Oct 26.Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, made the announcement in a blog post defending the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon amid growing concern from big tech employees regarding military…

Bell Says 407GXi Receives FAA Certification, Will compete for Navy TH-57 Replacement

The FAA has certified the Bell [TXT] 407 GXi, which has seen its first delivery to the Chilean-based Eagle Copters for corporate transportation purposes, Bell said Oct. 29.The 407 GXi features an all-glass cockpit, improved pilot awareness, more precise navigation, enhanced engine controls and improved connectivity.“This is an important milestone for the program, and Bell…

Army Completes Successful Virtual Soft-Kill Demonstrations For Modular Active Protection System Program

The Army said Monday it is a step closer to fielding active protection systems (APS) across its vehicles after officials completed successful virtual soft-kill demonstrations with a modular controller used to control a range of sensors and countermeasures.Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) led the recent platform tests, which used the Modular…