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RVSS Expansion on Hold. Customs and Border Protection has delayed its plans to expand a sensor system along the southwest and northern borders. The agency told interested vendors in a Nov. 21 announcement that “it no longer intends to release a solicitation towards the end of calendar year 2017, or at any time in the…

Army Releases RFP For New Infantry Light Tank, Plans To Buy 500 Vehicles

The Army has released a request for proposals (RFP) for Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), laying out for industry plans to purchase up to 504 light tanks to accompany infantry brigades into combat.MPF should provide Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) with “protected, long range, cyber resilient, precision, direct fire capability for early/forcible entry operations,” according to…

Senate Appropriators Boost Army Vehicle, Aircraft Funding By Billions

Army aircraft and combat vehicle procurement stand to receive billions in additional funding under a funding bill proposed by Senate appropriators on Nov. 21.  The Senate Appropriations Committee added more than $1 billion to the Army’s fiscal 2018 request of $3.4 billion for combat vehicle procurement and modernization. A majority share of that increase would…

Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies.The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, and…

Air Force Base Halts Flying After T-38 Crash

Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas has suspended flight operations through the Thanksgiving weekend following the fatal crash of one of its T-38 Talon trainer jets.The pause will allow the base to scrutinize its operations, the Air Force said. Flying is expected to resume Nov. 27.The Nov. 21 announcement came a day after the T-38,…

Senate Appropriators Boost Defense Cyber Programs, Decrease Funding For Those Showing Slow Progress

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) released its markup of a $651 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2018 on Tuesday and is requesting several defense cyber capabilities programs receive increased funding and called on projects showing slow progress to receive less funding than previously authorized in the White House’s budget request. . The committee’s explanatory…