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Defense Daily, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 46

Pentagon’s FY ‘20 Budget Request to Be Revealed Feb. 4

The Pentagon will unveil its fiscal year 2020 presidential budget (PB) request Feb. 4, the department’s chief military spokesman said Dec. 10.Whether the topline will be $700 billion or $750 billion remains to be seen. Army Col. Robert Manning declined to comment on recent reports that President Trump is now considering submitting a $750 billion…

Trump Issues Strategy For Countering WMD Use By Terrorists

The White House on Monday released what it says is the first comprehensive strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists, putting the focus on deterrence, detection and disruption.In a preface to the National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism, President Trump says the strategy has three main elements.“First, the United States will lead…

Australia Receives First Two Locally Based F-35s

The Australian Defence Force received its first two F-35A aircraft this weekend, becoming the seventh nation worldwide with Joint Strike Fighters on home soil, Lockheed Martin [LMT] said. The two aircraft arrived  at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Williamtown on Dec. 10 local time, the company said."The arrival of the first F-35 aircraft to be…

U.K. Reveals Three Type 31e Frigate Builders Shortlist

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday announced the three competitors to build the planned Type 31e general purpose frigate for the Royal Navy.The ministry awarded contracts worth up to $6 million to teams led by BAE System, Babcock, and Atlas Elektronik UK to fund the next stage of their plans. The government plans…

LCS-15 Finishes Acceptance Trials

The future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Billings (LCS-15) finished acceptance trials in Lake Michigan, the last major milestone before ship delivery, prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Monday.LCS-15 is the eighth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and its shipbuilder partner Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. The ship is expected to be delivered in…

House Panel Finds Massive Equifax Breach Was 'Entirely Preventable'

A new report from House Oversight Committee says the massive Equifax [EFX] data breach, which affected 148 million Americans, was “entirely preventable” and new reforms are required to better protect consumer information.The report, released on Monday, says the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) failed to fully patch its systems after discovering a software flaw and lacked…

GD-BIW Launches Last Zumwalt-class Destroyer

General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) launched the last Zumwalt-class destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002), on Dec. 9 at its facility in Bath, Maine.The U.S. Navy underscored the process of launching a ship takes several days to move it from a land-level facility to the dry dock, then slowly flood the dry…

Boeing Cleared to Start Production of Tail Kit for B61-12 Gravity Bomb

Air Force contractor Boeing [BA] is clear to start production on crucial hardware for the B61-12 next-generation nuclear gravity bomb, which is scheduled to be built in 2020, the service said recently.Boeing’s tail-kit cleared Milestone C — which in Pentagon program management precedes a project’s construction phase — in late October, the Air Force Nuclear…