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Defense Daily, Friday, January 11, 2019, Vol. 281, Issue 7

Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker from Boeing

The Air Force accepted the first KC-46A Pegasus tanker from Boeing [BA] on Jan. 10, marking a significant step forward in the service's effort years in the making to procure a new aerial refueling aircraft. "This is a major milestone for our next generation tanker and will allow our Airmen to begin operational testing and…

Jette: New Acquisition Approach With Futures Command Driving IBCS, Indirect Fire Protection Progress

The Army’s top acquisition official on Thursday said his office has settled on an integrated approach to procurement with the new Futures Command needed to forge ahead with major platform development efforts including the service’s future missile defense system and near-term fire protection capability. Bruce Jette, the Army’s assistant secretary for the acquisition, logistics and…

Steel Barrier Trumps Technology, President Says

President Trump on Thursday said that a steel barrier is more important than technology for border security, telling reporters that physical structures are the only way to top illegal flows into the U.S. along the southwest border. “You can have all the technology in the world,” Trump said outside the White House before departing to…

TSC, ADS Merge To Form ADS Federal

Technical Services Corporation (TSC) on Monday said it has acquired Accelerated Development & Support Corporation and has renamed the company ADS Federal, which is focused on program support, information technology solutions, and expertise in science and technology research, development and integration. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ADS Federal has 120 employees and will…

Air Force Awards Lockheed $462 Million to Further GPS Ground Control System Modernization

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a follow-on contract for the GPS Control Segment sustainment program to help the service further modernize its ground control systems as new GPS III satellites come online, the company said Jan. 10. The GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is worth $462 million and…

With Howe & Howe Acquisition, Textron Systems Fills Gap In Robotic Ground Technology

Following the acquisition of ground robotics technology innovator Howe & Howe Technologies last month, Textron Systems says it has filled a gap in its need for expertise in unmanned ground vehicles to round out its offerings and capabilities in unmanned aircraft and maritime surface systems, a company official said on Thursday. Given changes in geo-politics…

Army Evaluating Rheinmetall, Leonardo APS Offerings For Stryker At February Demo

The Army confirmed Thursday its search for an active protection system for Stryker vehicles includes an offering from Germany’s Rheinmetall, and it will test the system alongside a lighter version of Leonardo DRS’s TROPHY capability at a demonstration in February. Ashley John, director of communications for Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, told Defense Daily…

DEA: Drone Drug Smuggling Likely to Increase, Defying Potential Border Wall

Part of the White House argument for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with Mexico has been that a barrier will impede the flow of drugs into the United States, but that argument does not sit well with the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is concerned smugglers will likely find ways of avoiding a wall…

Brazil Approves Boeing, Embraer Joint Ventures

Brazil’s government on Thursday approved joint ventures between Boeing [BA] and Embraer [ERJ], the country’s aerospace and defense company, a strategic partnership that will give the U.S. aerospace giant a play in smaller commercial aircraft and a multi-mission military aircraft. Terms of the strategic partnership were agreed to between the two companies in December. Under…