Posts from GovConDaily for 07/31/2017

Matt Desch: Iridium’s Aviation Connectivity Offering to Focus on Operational Services

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company’s new Certus multi-service communications platform will focus on cockpit and operational services instead of cabin connectivity, Aviation Today reported Friday…
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6 Companies to Build Deep Space Habitat Prototypes Under NASA Program

Six companies aim to build ground prototypes of deep space habitat concepts through NASA‘s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 program. NASA said Friday prototypes from Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada Corp…
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Gen. Mark Milley Eyes Active Protection Systems, Driverless Feature for Future Army Tanks

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has said he wants future Army combat vehicles to include active protection systems (APS), lighter armor and an option for unmanned operations, DoD Buzz reported Friday…
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Proposed Bill Would Require DHS to Deploy ‘Smart’ Border Security Tech Platforms

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to field “smart” border security technologies along the southern U.S…
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NASA to Fund 9 Studies on Sun, Space Environment

NASA has chosen nine research proposals from government, industry and academic institutions that seek to study the sun and space environment. The agency said Friday proposals under the Explorers Program include five Heliophysics Small Explorer missions that will receive $1…
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Lockheed Gets $75M Army Contract Modification for Updated Apache Sensor Kits, Spares

Lockheed Martin has secured a $75.4 million contract modification to provide updated sensor kits and spares for the U.S. Army‘s Apache attack helicopters. The Defense Department said Friday the company will supply Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor equipment under the modification…
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Report: Marines Start to Implement Mobile C2 System

The U.S. Marine Corps has begun to implement a mobile command-and-control system designed to detect and track flight paths and small objects at a faster rate and higher accuracy than current C2 platforms, Defense Systems reported Friday…
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MDA, Army Perform Missile Defense Test Using THAAD; Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves Comments

Soldiers from the U.S. Army‘s 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade teamed up with Missile Defense Agency personnel to perform a missile defense test which utilized a Lockheed Martin-developed area defense system, DoD News reported Sunday…
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DHS Secretary John Kelly to Serve as New White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has been tapped by the Trump administration to serve as the new White House chief of staff, The New York Times reported Friday. Kelly, a retired U…
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General Dynamics to Continue Software Modernization Support for Navy Submarine Combat System

General Dynamics‘ mission systems business unit has received a $36.7 million contract modification to continue to help the U.S. Navy modernize software for tactical control system of the military branch’s submarines…
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House OKs Federal Job Outsourcing Ban Amendment to Fiscal 2018 Defense Spending Bill

The House voted 253-172 Thursday to pass an amendment to a defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 that would continue a ban on outsourcing federal jobs under the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76, Government Executive reported Friday…
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VIDEO: First Fixed Wing Aircraft Recovered Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 28, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Struck, performs an arrested landing aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)…
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