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Defense Daily, Monday, January 14, 2019, Vol. 281, Issue 8

Defense Watch: Harris, L3 Update, Kupperman To NSC, CNO To China

Harris, L3 Update. The Department of Justice on Jan. 10 issued requests to Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies for additional information related to the pending merger of the two companies, which they both say is still expected to close in mid-2019. This is the second request by the U.S. government for information from the two…

Marines’ LAV Anti-Tank Weapon System To Reach Full-Operational Capability By End Of 2019

The Marine Corps’ Anti-Tank Weapon System (ATWS) for its light armored vehicles is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019, officials announced last Thursday, two years after reaching initial operating capability. Officials have scheduled two final training events for the weapon system, which is intended to provide an upgraded turret system for…

New CRS Report Says Lawsuit Likely If Trump Calls National Emergency for Border Wall Funding

A new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report issued Thursday lays out the potential legal pitfalls awaiting President Trump should he attempt to declare a national emergency to gather funds to build a new barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border. Since Dec. 22, the U.S. government has been at an impasse in negotiations to fund Trump’s desired…

TSA Delays Source Selection For Advanced Checkpoint Scanners

Until President Trump finds a resolution to his $5.7 billion demand for border wall funds, the Transportation Security Administration has essentially put on hold its acquisition plans for advanced systems to screen passengers’ bags at airport checkpoints, according to government and industry officials. TSA had hoped as early as late 2018 to begin purchasing the…

Senate Commerce Subcommittees Reorganized, Chairs Named

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will feature restructured subcommittees and several new chairmen in the 116th Congress. New committee chair Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced Friday that several subcommittees would change names and jurisdictions. Wicker announced his chairmanship this past Wednesday (Defense Daily, Jan. 9). Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) will serve as…

Centrus Gets Government Lifeline for Potential Defense Uranium Refining Tech

Centrus Energy, the former government-owned U.S. Enrichment Corp., got a lifeline this week from the Department of Energy to build a new 16-machine enrichment centrifuge cascade in Ohio, potentially strengthening the company’s ability to help the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) produce tritium for nuclear weapons in about 20 years. Under a contract awarded Monday…