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Defense Daily, Friday, December 21, 2018, Vol. 250, Issue 54

Defense Watch: Mattis Resigns, One Topline, GPS III, LRASM Milestone

Mattis Resigns. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced Thursday that he will resign at the end of February. The announcement follows President Trump's surprise order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and months of speculation about when Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and former U.S. Central Command commander, may leave the administration. "Because you have…

Congress Stalled on CR Vote to Prevent Partial Shutdown Impacting DHS

The prospect of a partial government shutdown that would impact a quarter of government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, continues to hang over Capitol Hill Dec. 20.As of Defense Daily’s deadline on Thursday, the House had not voted on a short-term spending bill that would keep the government open through Feb. 8, but…

Pentagon Draft Proposal Puts New Space Force Under Air Force

The Defense Department is planning to push a plan to implement a new Space Force under the umbrella of the Air Force, according to a draft proposal currently working its way through Pentagon leadership.The legislative proposal, which was viewed by Defense Daily on Dec. 20, states that a United States Space Force would be established…

U.S. Accuses China Of Stealing From Aviation, Satellite And Multiple Other Industries

Chinese hackers in association with China’s intelligence services have been hacking into data networks and stealing data and sensitive information from dozens of companies and U.S. government agencies dating back to 2006 and continuing into 2018 in violation of a 2015 accord between the U.S. and China in which the countries agreed not to support…

Congress Passes Cyber, Supply Chain Security Legislation

The House and Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a legislative vehicle containing several bipartisan bills dealing with cyber security, including one establishing a bug bounty program at the Department of Homeland Security and another to mitigate cyber threats to the federal government’s supply chains for information and communications technology.The SECURE Technology Act (H.R. 7327) includes the…

Lockheed Meets 2018 F-35 Delivery Goal, Increases Production By 40 Percent

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Thursday it has delivered the 91st F-35, reaching its delivery target for 2018, while increasing production of the fighter jet by nearly 40 percent from last year.Officials said the goal for 2019 is to reach another 40 percent increase in production and deliver 130 F-35s as the company works toward reaching…

AVX, L3 Submit Team Proposal For Future Army 'Knife Fighter' Helicopter

AVX Aircraft Company and L3 [LLL] have submitted a joint proposal for the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competitive prototype program that seeks a next-generation armed scout helicopter to replace the already retired OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.The AVX/L3 pitch combines AVX Aircraft’s coaxial rotor design and propulsion system with L3’s systems engineering, weapons, sensor and…

CNO Looks To Acquire New Platforms ASAP in Updated Strategy Document, Drives Organizational Changes

The Chief of Naval Operations has pushed up the timeline to field multiple major ship and weapon platforms to as soon as possible (ASAP) in a new updated strategy document while also looking to make organizational changesThe updated Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority Version 2.0 is the first reevaluation of the January 2016 version 1.0…

Impact of Potential Withdrawal from Syria Unclear for Defense Investors

One day after news broke that President Trump appeared to unilaterally order the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Syria, both the path forward for implementation and the impact on U.S. military strategy in the region remains unclear.Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle told reporters Wednesday they were blindsided by the news (Defense Daily,…

Pentagon’s Lack Of Software Management Creating Cyber Risks, DoD IG Says

The Pentagon can’t keep tracks of its software, according to an inspector general report released Tuesday, with officials urging the department’s chief information officer (CIO) to implement new inventory management practices needed to prevent cyber risks.DoD’s inspector general said the issues require new regulations across the services to maintain accurate inventories of software and avoid…

Lockheed Martin Nabs $585 Million Award For Hawaii Missile Defense Radar

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $585 million delivery order for the Homeland Defense Radar – Hawaii (HDR-H) on Dec. 18.HDR-H is a discrimination radar that aims to better help the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System defend Hawaii from ballistic missile threats from North Korea.The announcement said the company will design, develop,…