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Defense Daily, Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Vol. 250, Issue 52

Air Force Light Attack Aircraft RFP Delayed Until 2019

The Air Force’s awaited release of a final request for proposals for a light attack aircraft (LAA) has been pushed back to early next year.The service intended to release the request by the end of 2018, and sources on Dec. 18 told Defense Daily that as of Monday, it had been expected by Dec. 21."The…

Army To Start Fielding New Light Tank In 2025, Seeking Platform To Fight In 'Worst Conditions'

The Army will start fielding its new light tanks for infantry brigades in 2025, with officials pushing vendors BAE Systems and General Dynamics [GD] to prove their vehicle offerings are able to survive in “the worst conditions you can imagine.”Senior Army leaders told reporters Monday evening the service is focused on a rapid prototyping effort…

Raytheon, Saudi Aramco In Cyber Security Joint Venture

Saudi Arabia’s national oil company and Raytheon [RTN] have agreed to establish a joint venture that will provide cyber security services in the Kingdom and the region, according to Saudi Aramco.Saudi Aramco, which is teaming with Raytheon’s Saudi Arabia subsidiary, said the joint venture will provide services to the energy company, suppliers, customers and affiliates…

White House Directs Pentagon to Establish U.S. Space Command

The White House has directed the Department of Defense to move forward with establishing a U.S. Space Command, without details of exactly when, or how, a new unified combatant command related to space would be stood up.USSPACECOM, as it will be known, will be the 11th combatant command in the U.S. military and will serve…

Carlyle Group To Acquire StandAero From Veritas Capital

The Carlyle Group on Tuesday said it has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a provider of maintenance and repair services for commercial and military aircraft engines, from Veritas Capital.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Carlyle would pay about $5 billion, including debt. The transaction is expected…

V-280 Marks First Year of Flight

FORT WORTH, Texas – The V-280 Valor on Dec. 18 celebrated a full year of flight during which it has flown more than 80 hours and reached speeds of more than 250 knots in forward flight and flown more than 300 miles from its birthplace in the Texas Panhandle to just outside Dallas.Early in 2019,…

McSally Officially Nominated to Become Arizona’s Junior Republican Senator

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday officially nominated Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to become Arizona’s junior senator in the 116th Congress.McSally would be taking over for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who announced last Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of 2018. Kyl himself was nominated to the post following the…

GAO Finds Most Agencies Lacking In Adopting Federal Cyber Security Requirements

Despite congressional mandates and presidential orders, most federal agencies are still behind in implementing standards and frameworks for securing their networks, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report.“The 23 civilian agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 have often not effectively implemented the federal government’s approach and strategy for…