Posts from GovConDaily for 06/09/2017

Report: DoD Elevates Counter-ICBM Capacity Assessment

The Defense Department has stepped up its strategy to assess potential systems against intercontinental ballistic missile threats, Reuters reported Wednesday. DoD elevated anti-ICBM technology assessment efforts following the completion of a simulated ICBM interception test last month at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California…
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Lockheed Martin Breaks Silence on Hypersonic SR-72, Blackbird’s Successor Aircraft

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works broke its silence on plans to build the SR-72, a hypersonic spy plane successor of the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-72 will have a combined cycle propulsion system that combines a supersonic jet engine with a rocket engine, Lockheed Martin’s advanced aircraft division told Aviation Week…
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US Air Force Requests Millions for Construction Funding to Improve Aircraft Ranges

In its fiscal year 2018 budget request, the US Air Force (USAF) has requested funding for construction to improve aircraft ranges in Utah and Nevada. This would allow the USAF to utilize the full range of capabilities available to F-35A aircrews, said USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and Service Secretary Heather Wilson in testimony prepared for Congress…
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Profile: James MacStravic, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Tech and Logistics

James MacStravic serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics in the Defense Department, where he gives the the secretary of defense information on acquisition, contract administration and the defense industrial base…
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House Passes Bill to Repeal Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

The House passed the Financial Choice Act Thursday to eliminate Dodd-Frank, a massive set of banking regulations that were instituted in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill, sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas,) passed on a near party-line vote…
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ACT I CEO Michael Niggel Talks Cybersecurity at NDIA Forum

Michael Niggel, CEO of Advanced Concepts and Technologies International, highlighted the company’s cybersecurity efforts during his presentation at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 9th Defense Industrial Discussions event held last month…
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Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham: Army Needs Another Round of Base Closures

Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, U.S. Army assistant chief of staff for installation management, has told lawmakers that the Army needs another round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC, to remove excess facilities and redirect maintenance funds toward other readiness efforts…
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Mitre Report Offers Strategies to Build Cyber Info-Sharing Ecosystem

Mitre has published a new report that includes multiple strategies on how public and private organizations can establish a national ecosystem to share unclassified cyber information. Bruce Bakis and Edward Wang, respectively a manager and a thought leader at Mitre, wrote in a joint article published Wednesday the “Building a National Cyber Information-Sharing Ecosystem” report contains 11 recommendations that are partly based on case studies of three regional information sharing and analysis organizations or ISAOs…
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Army Reviews Comms Systems to Update IT Procurement Strategy

The U.S. Army has begun to assess its entire communications system as part of efforts to streamline the military branch’s information technology procurement process, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday…
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Maj. Gen. Scott Howell to Be Nominated SOCOM Vice Commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Howell, head of the Special Operations Joint Task Force and the NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan, will be nominated as vice commander of the U.S…
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VIDEO: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Three People

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted two rescues this past weekend, one on Saturday June 3, the other on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The first rescue was in Olympic Mountains, the other on Mount Baker…
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