Posts from GovConDaily for 03/27/2017

GAO: Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker Modernization Program Meets Cost, Performance Targets

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force’s $44 billion tanker modernization program that aims to replace a third of the service branch’s KC-135 aerial refueling planes with Boeing-built KC-46 aircraft has met performance and cost targets due to few changes in engineering requirements…
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NASA to Launch Laser Comms Demo for Spacecraft, Earth Connectivity

NASA plans to launch a technology demonstration of laser communications systems  designed to increase the speed of data transmission between space vehicles and ground terminals. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration will be deployed in summer 2019 as part of a two- to five-year mission that seeks to help NASA learn ways to operate laser communications systems, the space agency said Wednesday…
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Lockheed Team-Built LCS 7 Completes Ship Qualification Tests

A Freedom-class U.S. Navy littoral combat ship built by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team has completed a series of combat system ship qualification trials that evaluated the vessel’s capacity to track and disable maneuvering surface targets…
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DISA Issues Security Technical Implementation Guide for Crunchy Data’s PostgreSQL Database

The Defense Information Systems Agency has released a Security Technical Implementation Guide for Crunchy Data Solutions‘ relational database management platform. DISA’s STIG for Crunchy Data’s PostgreSQL database seeks to guide agencies on how to field the database platform in government-run networks in compliance with the Defense Department’s security requirements, the company said Thursday…
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Navy Forms Task Force Ocean to Evaluate State of Ocean Science

The U.S. Navy has established a new task force to assess the status of the military branch’s ocean science programs that encompass oceanographic infrastructure, technical workforce, technologies and their applications to naval operations…
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Rolls-Royce Opens Jet Engine R&D Lab in Purdue Research Park Aerospace District

Rolls-Royce has opened a facility at the Purdue Research Park Aerospace District in West Lafayette, Indiana, where the company will research and develop jet engine components for customers globally…
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GAO: DoD, State Dept Administered 194 Foreign Security Cooperation & Assistance Efforts in FY 2016

The Government Accountability Office has found that the departments of Defense and State facilitated 194 security cooperation and assistance efforts during fiscal 2016 to help build foreign partners’ capacity to mitigate security-related threats…
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Maj. Gen. Scott West: Air Force Needs to Prioritize Personnel Retention to Build Up Readiness

Maj. Gen. Scott West, deputy chief of staff for operations at the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch wants to prioritize the assessment and retention of more airmen in an effort to build up military readiness, Federal News Radio reported Thursday…
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VIDEO: WATM 2017: Boeing’s performance-based navigation projects

Ben Vogel speaks to Lawrence Let, Director Global ATM, Boeing, and William Peterson, Project Engineer, Environmental Performance, Boeing, on their performance-based navigation projects.
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