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Defense Daily, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Vol. 281, Issue 6

Along With Border Barrier Funds, Trump Seeks Huge Increase For Security Detection Equipment

A new proposal this week by the Trump administration outlines specific increases sought as part of a fiscal year 2019 appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security, including hundreds of millions of additional dollars for equipment that can be used to detect drugs, contraband, and weapons in vehicles and cargo entering the southern U.S. at…

Navy Requests CHAMP Industry Studies, Focus On Cost Reductions

The Navy released an unrestricted solicitation for industry studies of the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) on Tuesday that repeatedly stressed the importance of minimizing costs. CHAMP seeks to replace and recapitalize the Navy’s aging fleet of auxiliary and sealift vessels that will start to reach the end of their service lives in 2025.…

Kellstrom Defense Acquires Williams Aerospace

Kellstrom Defense Aerospace (KDA) on Monday said it has acquired Williams Aerospace and Manufacturing (WAM) in a deal that increases its manufacturing capabilities and product portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both companies are based in California. WAM has 25 employees and with the acquisition KDA now has 200 employees. WAM has a…

Wicker, Cantwell to lead Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

The Senate committee covering commerce, transportation, and science issues in the space and maritime domains elected new leadership for the 116th Congress. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is the new chairman, his office announced Wednesday. He previously chaired the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) was voted in as ranking member, according…

Harris Pushing For DoD Software Acquisition Reforms Within Five Years

Officials from Harris [HRS] are pushing the Pentagon to adopt software acquisition reforms within the next five years needed to move away from legacy procurement practices and accurately reflect industry’s transition to more rapid, iterative capability development. Ross Niebergall, Harris’ vice president and chief technology officer, told Defense Daily on Tuesday his company is expected…

Army Holding Industry Day In March For Synthetic Training Environment

The Army announced Wednesday it will hold an industry day in March for its program to build a new capability that brings together live, virtual and constructive simulators to improve training for multi-domain operations. The Synthetic Training Environment (STE) industry day is tentatively scheduled for March 12-14 in Orlando and will be jointly hosted with…