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Defense Daily, Monday, January 7, 2019, Vol. 281, Issue 57

Defense Watch: Shutdown, 2020 Dems, OMFV

  Shutdown. The new Democratic-led House passed two measures Thursday evening in an effort to reopen portions of government that have been shut down for two weeks. The first measure, to reopen DHS under a continuing resolution that would maintain FY ’18 funding levels through Feb. 8, passed the House by a tally of 239-192.…

Five New Republican Senators Join SASC, Shaking Up State Representation

Over a quarter of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) membership will shift in the 116th Congress as five new Republicans are expected to take over for their exiting colleagues. Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) are now on SASC, Senate Majority Leader Sen.…

Three New GOP Members on Senate Homeland Security Committee

Senate Republican leadership announced Friday that new Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will be joining the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress. They will replace Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who are leaving the committee. Sen. Ron Johnson…

SASC Subcommittee Chair Wants Air Force Leader for Next Defense Secretary

As President Trump reportedly searches for his next secretary of defense, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has already thrown his pick into the ring: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. Rounds, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee’s cybersecurity subcommittee, first floated Wilson’s name in a Dec. 23 tweet, stating “As President Trump carefully weighs his next…

After Gatwick, Government Agencies Weigh Tracking and Defeat Technology For Small Drones

As airports and governments step up their efforts to track unmanned aircraft and deter their disruption of commercial air operations, the FAA is hinting that automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems will not be sufficient to identify such drones. London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports ordered several million dollars of military-grade anti-drone defenses after drones caused three…

House IT Leaders Reintroduce Bill To Elevate Federal CIO

The leaders of a House information technology panel reintroduced legislation Friday to elevate the role of the federal chief information officer needed to improve authorities to oversee digital security efforts across the government. Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced their Federal CIO Authorization Act,  which passed unanimously out of the House in…

Democrats' 'For The People' Bill Heavy On Election Security

Democrats on Friday released a huge reform bill aimed at ensuring voting rights, strengthening ethics in the executive branch, improving transparency in campaign financing, and bolstering the security of America’s election systems. The 571-page For the People Act (H.R. 1) includes two bills previously introduced by Democrats in 2018 aimed at improving financial support for…

Boeing, Partners End 2018 With Billion-Dollar Rotorcraft Work Windfall

Atop winning several of the largest and most contentious military acquisition competitions of 2018, Boeing [BA] in the month of December alone took home a share of nearly $2 billion in rotorcraft contracts from the U.S. Defense Department, much of it in conjunction with joint-venture partners. Boeing was selected in 2018 to build both the…