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Defense Daily, Thursday, December 13, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 48

Smith: Readiness Funding Will Not Be Cut in FY '20 Defense Budget

Despite plans to take a hard look at the Defense Department’s forthcoming fiscal year 2020 budget request, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) incoming chairman will ensure that readiness funding is safeguarded to mitigate aviation mishaps and other incidents.Military readiness is “one thing that I will not look to cut, … absolutely not,” Rep. Adam…

Navy Will Not have a Clean Audit For 5+ Years, Awarding Two Frigate Builders 'Not Off The Table'

The Secretary of the Navy told senators on Wednesday that the service will probably not have a full clean audit for up to five to six years and that splitting the new guided-missile frigate (FFG(X)) into two or three winners is not off the table yet.Last month, the DoD’s Offices of the Inspector General and…

Air Force’s Lt. Gen. Bunch Nominated to Lead Materiel Command

The White House has nominated Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s current military deputy for acquisition, to be promoted to general and to lead Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, pending Senate confirmation.The nomination was received by the Senate Dec. 11, according to the Congressional Record. Bunch would direct…

Air Force Takes Over DoD Commercial SATCOM Services From DISA

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has assumed responsibility for procuring the Pentagon’s commercial satellite communications, a role that has until now been handled by the Defense Information Systems Agency.With the Dec. 12 transfer of responsibility, AFSPC now oversees the acquisition of nearly all military and commercial SATCOM assets for the Defense Department, the command said…

House Passes DHS Data Sharing Bill That's Ready For Trump

The House on Wednesday passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill aimed at improving data sharing within the Department of Homeland Security by boosting the department’s efforts to consolidate disparate databases systems across its various agencies.The Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2018 (H.R. 2454) now goes to President Trump’s desk for this…

Defiant First Flight Delayed Until Early 2019

First flight of the SB-1 Defiant compound helicopter prototype has been pushed to 2019, officials from program partners Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced Dec. 12.Sikorsky, which developed the underlying X2 technologies on which the Defiant is based, has long publicized 2018 as the year the Black Hawk-sized Defiant would first leave the ground.The…

DoD Receives 'D' Grade On Latest IT Scorecard, Agencies Improve Overall Performance

The Pentagon no longer has a failing grade for technology acquisition, by a slim margin, receiving a “D+” on the latest version of a congressional scorecard that showed overall improvement across federal agencies in software licensing management and cost savings from data center consolidation.DoD’s latest grade on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)…

Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of Upgraded HC-130J

The Coast Guard said this week that it has taken delivery of an HC-130J maritime surveillance aircraft that has been retrofitted with an integrated mission systems suite that includes new capabilities.The Super Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft is equipped with the Minotaur mission system, and is the first in the Coast Guard’s fleet with a multifunction…