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Defense Daily, Thursday, January 3, 2019, Vol. 250 Issue 55

DoD Comptroller Named as Acting Deputy Defense Secretary

The Defense Department’s Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller David Norquist has assumed the role of acting deputy defense secretary as Patrick Shanahan took over as Pentagon civilian chief on Jan. 1, the department said Jan. 2. “As Department of Defense Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller for the past 19 months, David Norquist has had insight…

House Dems Push Bill Containing CR for Homeland Security

On their first day in the majority, House Democratic leaders plan to introduce legislation Thursday that will appropriate funds and end the partial government shutdown, but keep the Department of Homeland Security funded at fiscal year 2018 levels. The joint resolution, introduced by incoming House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), would enact a continuing…

Trump Signs Bill Establishing Federal IT Supply Chain Council, DHS Bug Bounty Program

President Trump signed a legislative package Dec. 21 aimed at improving federal agencies’ cyber security risks, including establishing an inter-agency council to set IT supply chain standards and setting up the Department of Homeland Security’s first bug bounty program. The new bill requires agencies to select representatives for the new Federal Acquisition Security Council, to…

TSA Estimates It Will Spend $1 Billion On New Checkpoint Capabilities

It will cost about $1 billion to equip all airport checkpoint screening lanes with new checkpoint technologies such as next-generation baggage scanners and mechanized conveyance systems, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The agency on Jan. 23 will host an industry day at its Transportation Security Integration Facility in Northern Virginia to introduce its…

Coast Guard Awards Huntington Ingalls $930 Million To Build Two NSCs

The Coast Guard before Christmas awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a contract option to build the 10th and 11th National Security Cutters (NSCs), the last two high-endurance cutters that Congress has provided funding for.The award value for the 10th ship was $468.8 million and $462.1 million for the 11th. Funding was provided under the fiscal…

Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant Rolls Out Toward Early 2019 First Flight

Just after Christmas, Sikorsky [LMT] and Boeing [BA] released two photographs of the SB-1 Defiant compound helicopter prototype, which has been completed and rolled out of the West Palm Beach, Fla., hangar where it was built.The aircraft is one of two advanced vertical-lift prototypes participating in the U.S. Army’s Joint Multirole tech demonstration (JMR-TD) Program.Two…

Bath Iron Works Nabs $911 Million Award To Build Fifth DDG Flight III

The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works (BIW) a $911 million modification to exercise an FY 2019 option to build the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer DDG-132. General Dynamics underscored this is the fifth DDG-51 ship under a multi-year award first announced in September. While BIW won four ships and Huntington Ingalls…

Army Awards Raytheon $205 Million For Phalanx Weapon System Support

The Army has awarded Raytheon [RTN] a five-year, $205 million deal to continue providing support for its Phalanx weapon system, the Pentagon said on Dec. 27. Raytheon will provide services for the counter-rocket system, a land-based version of the close-in weapon system more commonly seen on Navy ships. Work on the latest deal is expected…