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Defense Daily, Monday, November 5, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 26

Defense Watch: Space Simulators, Biometric Rally, Military Intelligence Spending

Election Security Update. Just ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that there are continued attempts to access election-related systems in the states and in “some very limited cases we have seen access but they’ve been quickly prevented or mitigated.”  She told an audience at the Council of Foreign…

Officials: Army Taking Open Approach To New Technologies For Integrated Tactical Network

Army officials last week said their new package of technologies to deliver a more secure, mobile tactical network will not remain fixed, with the service looking to consistently incorporate new capabilities to meet requirements for sharing “secure but unclassified” data on the battlefield. Soldiers participating in this month’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercise will have…

Democrats Could Force Big Nuclear Modernization Debate, If They Take the House

A Democratic House with a Democratic Armed Services Committee chairman who is openly skeptical of the established nuclear modernization program is perhaps the most plausible consequence of the 2018 midterm elections for those who watch the National Nuclear Security Administration.Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) are not in particularly competitive races. In that…

Northrop Grumman Settles Over Alleged Overbilling On Air Force Contracts

The Justice Department on Friday said that Northrop Grumman [NOC] has agreed to pay $27.5 million to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act with regard to overbilling on two Air Force contracts.The settlement relates to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Note (BACN) the Dynamic Re-tasking Capability (DRC) contracts for alleged billing by…

New Cloud-Based System Kept Air Force Contracting Team Online During Hurricane Michael

A new cloud-based contract management system being rolled out by the Air Force enabled Tyndall Air Force Base officers to continue their work even as Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida base last month.In 2016, the service announced plans to consolidate several legacy contract writing systems into a single platform known as Contracting Information Technology, or…

Helicopter Helmet Lawsuit Heads to Appeals Court

The subject of the 2016 film, War Dogs, 32-year-old Efraim Diveroli once held a place in a shadow arms market for the Afghan government, as he ran the now defunct AEY, Inc. — a Miami Beach-based shell company that bought up Albanian arms stockpiles, weapons originally made in China — removed their "Made in China"…

Boeing Gets Order for Four More Special Ops Chinooks

Boeing [BA] on Nov. 2 received a $43 million boost to a contract it already holds to build MH-47Gs for U.S. Special Operations Command.The $42.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification is for four new build MH-47G heavylift aircraft.“The contract modification satisfies an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing aircrafts,” according…

F-35 Distributed Mission Training Coming in 2019

Pilots training to fly the F-35 Lightning II will soon have the ability to virtually fly with up to 12 flight simulators networked together across different bases and training facilities as if they were flying within a fully integrated environment.Lockheed Martin [LMT] describes the concept as distributed mission training (DMT), which will be a generational…

U.S. Air Force Exploring Changes to Contract Structures

Military contract structures are changing; They need to to keep up with the pace of technology. Both government and industry are trying to figure out what the future of those contracts needs to look like as everyone tries to match the “speed of relevance” goal set by Defense Secretary James Mattis.“We can’t do software the…