News

Navy Gets New Ship-to-Shore Landing Craft from Textron

SSC LCAC

The U.S. Navy has received a new Textron-made landing craft designed to perform amphibious and on-shore transport operations. The new Ship to Shore Connector Landing Craft Air Cushion 101 (SSC LCAC 101) will deploy from amphibious ships and bring weapons, cargo, personnel and other deliverables to shore environments, Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday.

Read More »

Justin Johnson Named Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for DoD’s Space Policy

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson, who is a senior member of the staff for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, has been appointed to serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Space Policy on an acting basis. Johnson succeeds Stephen Kitay who recently stepped down after three years in the role and 18 years in the public sector.

Read More »

NASA Enters Assembly, Testing Phase of Lucy Asteroid Exploration Mission

Lucy Asteroid Exploration

NASA has completed the requirements needed to move forward with the production and testing of a mission to study the Trojan asteroids near Jupiter. The space agency said Friday its Lucy mission, under the Discovery Program, has reached the Key Decision Point-D milestone and may now move forward to components delivery, assembly, integration and testing activities.

Read More »

GAO: SSA Must Determine Clear Roles for Officials Handling ‘Agile’ Software Dev’t Contracts

SSA

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the Social Security Administration (SSA) should identify clear roles for contracting personnel that handle acquisition activities for software development efforts. GAO said in a report released Monday that SSA has been executing Agile approaches for information technology modernization programs since 2015.

Read More »

Accenture Makes Strategic Investment in InCountry to Advance Cloud Platform; Tom Lounibos Quoted

Accenture

Accenture Ventures has anncouned that it made a strategic investment in InCountry, a data residency-as-a-service platform provider, Accenture reported on Tuesday. With the investment, Accenture plans to leverage the InCountry solution within its myNav cloud platform, as part of its sovereign cloud module. The terms of the equity investment were not disclosed.

Read More »

Vertex Aerospace Wins $111M Task Order to Support USMC Fleet; Ed Boyington Quoted

Ed Boyington

The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Vertex Aerospace a five-year, $111.4M Contracted Maintenance, Modification, Aircrew and Related Services (CMMARS) task order for the RESET of the U.S. Marine Corps' CH-53E Super Stallion fleet, the company reported on Tuesday. The task order has expanded Vertex Aerospace Defense Services (ADS) division’s has support of the CH-53E RESET program.

Read More »

L3Harris to Build Space Reflector Antenna for AirBus Defence; Ed Zoiss Quoted

Ed Zoiss

L3Harris Technologies has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to build a space reflector antenna for a next-generation satellite that will provide mobile telecommunication services throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. L3Harris has designed and built large-aperture reflectors and deployable mesh reflector-feed antenna systems ranging from one meter to the world's largest commercially available 22-meter reflector.

Read More »

BlackBerry Limited UEM Software Achieves DoDIN Approval; John Chen Quoted

John Chen

BlackBerry Limited’s Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM) software has achieved Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) approval as a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, the company reported on Tuesday. BlackBerry UEM is the only MDM solution on the DoDIN Approved Product List (APL). The company has completed Cybersecurity and Interoperability certification across the DoDIN.  

Read More »

Airgility Develops Aerial Unmanned System to Support Defense Missions

Airgility

Airgility has developed aerial unmanned systems that can fly anywhere, including areas where there is limited or no GPS access and in confined areas to support the national security and defense missions, the company reported last month. The company’s advanced capabilities will enable Airgility to conduct the critical missions which include search and rescue, secure borders and deliver medical supplies to remote areas, among others.

Read More »