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Defense Daily, Friday, December 7, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 45

Navy Secretary: Proposed Budget Cuts Could Cause Scenarios to “Make Your Eyes Water”

As the Navy works with the Pentagon to determine its budget request for the fiscal year 2020 budget, the service’s top civilian called for lawmakers to continue to fund the department at a pace that will provide for much needed modernization and technology development.“We have such great tailwind right now,” Secretary Richard Spencer said Dec.…

Schultz Says Coast Guard Studying Future IT Needs

The Coast Guard’s current information technology (IT) capabilities aren’t on par with what the service needs and it is studying what its future needs are, Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said on Thursday.The ongoing recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s surface and air assets has provided boats, ships and aircraft that “are true game changers for our…

Army Releases New Multi-Domain Operations Plan

The Army released its new multi-domain operations plan on Thursday focused on driving strategic formations to better align with growing threats from Russia and China, while urging a collective effort across the services to prepare for competition at levels “below armed conflict.”Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), told reporters the…

F-35 Begins Formal Operational Testing and Evaluation Phase

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program will begin its formal operational test and evaluation process with the goal of achieving full rate production by late 2019, the joint program office announced Dec. 6.The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) will conduct the formal IOT&E effort with its international partners under the oversight of the…

Congress Approves Short-Term Funding Extension For DHS

The House and Senate each passed on Thursday a two-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security and several other departments and agencies until Dec. 21, providing more time for Congress to sort out how much it wants to spend on a border security wall along portions of the southern border.The resolution heads to…

U.K. Invests Another $512 Million In Dreadnought SLBM Submarine

The U.K. Defense Minister announced an additional $512 million (400 million British pounds) investment in funding for the nuclear armed ballistic missile Dreadnought-class submarine program on Thursday.The Defence Ministry said this new funding release supports the building phase of the program and will “safeguard” 8,000 jobs that support the submarine program and its supply chain.“This…