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Defense Daily, Friday, January 4, 2019, Vol. 250, Issue 56

SASC Members Mixed on Concern over Shanahan’s Past at Boeing

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s past as a senior Boeing [BA] executive has some Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members concerned over potential ethics issues, while others feel his defense industry experience is a plus. Shanahan, who was sworn in as deputy defense secretary in July 2017 and became acting defense secretary Jan 1. after…

Anti-Nuke Populist Warren Might Run for President in 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who brandished her arms-control and anti-nuclear bonafides throughout 2018, announced this week she might run for president in 2020. Warren said she has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential bid, fulfilling long-circulating rumors that she would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination in…

Engility Looking To Offer New Modular Shooting Range To Military Customers

Engility [EGL] is looking to offer its new virtualized “shooting range in a shipping container” to military customers in 2019 following a recent selection to compete for Department of Homeland Security work, company officials told Defense Daily. Peter Joyal, division director of Engility’s Hollywood, Maryland facility, said the company has had discussions with military customers…

House Republican Staff Report Details Terrorist Travel Pathways To West

Known and potential terrorists have multiple ways to enter the Western Hemisphere and ultimately seek entry into the U.S. and a number of factors make it an attractive region to travel to, the Republican staff of the House Homeland Security Committee reported on Tuesday. “Many countries in the region continue to face economic and governance…

Boeing to Upgrade Spanish Chinooks Under First FMS Deal For Huge CH-47 Block I Contract

Spain has finalized a deal for Boeing [BA] to upgrade its CH-47D Chinooks to the most-modern version of the heavylift helicopters. Under the deal, part of a total $1.3 billion foreign military sales package greenlit by the U.S. State Department in April, Boeing will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model…

DoD Approves Two-Carrier Buy, Expected To Save $4 Billion

The Office of the Secretary of Defense approved an agreement in December between the Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] to buy two Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers at once, CVN-80 and 81. CVN-80 is the future USS Enterprise while CVN-81 is not yet named. They will be the third and fourth Ford-class carriers. The…