Posts from GovConDaily for 12/08/2017

DOE Announces Solicitation for Nuclear Reactor Technologies

The Department of Energy has announced solicitation proposals for the development of nuclear reactors and supplementary technologies in aims to promote the use of nuclear power in the U.S. DOE said Friday it will open a five-year application period for interested potential contractors and conduct selection processes quarterly…
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Israel Announces Operational Readiness of F-35s

The Israeli air force has declared that its fleet of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft is ready for combat operations. Israel’s F-35s, named Adir, obtained initial operational capability after a year of training, which began when the country received its first aircraft in December 2016, Israel’s defense forces said Wednesday…
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Mark Esper: Army Looks to Streamline Capability Delivery to Soldiers

U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper has said the service branch plans to streamline the process of delivering capabilities to warfighters in the field, Defense News reported Thursday. Esper noted during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on acquisition reform the Army looks to cut the requirements development timeline for typical acquisition programs to approximately one year from its current average of five years…
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Pentagon Performance Selected to Provide ISR Services for UN’s Congo Peacekeeping Mission

Pentagon Performance Inc. has received a notification of consideration for a potential $50 million contract from the United Nations to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services to the UN’s peacekeeping effort in the Republic of Congo…
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DARPA to Initiate Maritime Situational Awareness Development Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a proposer’s event in support of the agency’s plan to initiate an effort to develop a maritime situational awareness network. The agency said Wednesday the Ocean of Things program seeks to form a sensor network made from thousands of ocean-deployed floats designed to collect environmental, situational and activity data that would be transmitted to a cloud network to undergo real-time analysis…
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Ellen Lord: NDAAs Help Pentagon Accelerate Procurement, Modernization Efforts

Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord has said defense policy bills enacted over the past two fiscal years have helped DoD to cut through the “red tape” that affected its acquisition and modernization efforts…
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Hensoldt Demos Counter-UAV Platform at Airbus Airfield in Germany

Germany-based sensor provider Hensoldt has tested its counter unmanned aerial vehicle system designed to defend airports and other infrastructure from potential threats. The company said Wednesday its Xpeller counter-UAV system was demonstrated at the Airbus airfield in Hamburg, Germany for spectators that included airport operators and representatives from armed forces, industrial companies and police forces…
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David Norquist: DoD Financial Audit Now Underway

David Norquist, Defense Department comptroller, has said he received a notice from the Pentagon’s office of the inspector general about the start of the first agencywide financial audit this month, DoD News reported Thursday…
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Report: Navy Integrates AI Capabilities Into Shipboard Combat Networks

The U.S. Navy has begun efforts to integrate artificial intelligence capabilities into shipboard warfare networks that work to facilitate communications between littoral combat ships, destroyers, submarines, tactical nodes and shore locations, Scout Warrior reported Wednesday…
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General Dynamics to Supply Helicopter Gun Turrets to U.S. Marines, Pakistan

General Dynamics‘ ordnance and tactical systems unit has received a $9.1 million delivery order to manufacture helicopter gun turrets for the U.S. Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan. The order is for 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) gun turrets for integration onto AH-1Z attack helicopters, the Defense Department said Thursday…
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Navy, Northrop Test New Functions of Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopters

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have jointly demonstrated new functions and technologies of the MQ-8B and MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. Northrop said Wednesday Fire Scout showcased its manned/unmanned teaming features through station-to-station hand offs of two Fire Scouts and the streaming of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data to an Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit…
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VIDEO: The Resilient Side of Cyber

In today’s digital world, resilience is the goal — keeping critical systems operational during cyberattacks. Breaches are going to happen – it’s not if, but when – and Raytheon is committed to delivering solutions that are resilient to attacks…
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