Tag Archives: Boeing

John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at …

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MDA Eyes Laser-Armed Drones to Revive Airborne Laser Program

The Missile Defense Agency is planning to revive its airborne laser program using an unmanned aircraft armed with an electric-powered laser to counter ballistic missile threats, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that the future program will seek to address the continued challenge of engaging the missile target in …

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NASA Renews Crew Space Launch Deal with Russia

NASA has inked a $490 million contract with Russia to keep sending American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Russian-built space vehicles. The deal was sealed after Congress failed to pass full funding for the Commercial Crew Program, NASA said Wednesday. The new contract extends U.S. reliance on Russian …

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Navy Eyes Increased Maritime Aircraft Presence in APAC

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy additional manned and unmanned maritime planes across the the branch’s Asia-Pacific operational area as part of a five-year navigation strategy, Flightglobal reported Tuesday. James Drew writes the military service wants to increase APAC presence of U.S. naval air platforms, including Northrop Grumman-built Triton and Fire …

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DHS, NIST, Tech Firms Collaborate to Promote Cybersecurity Automation Standards

The OASIS nonprofit organization has formed a committee consisting of government and technology industry representatives to develop open standards for automated analysis and sharing of cyber-related threat information. OASIS said Thursday its Cyber Threat Intelligence Technical Committee also seeks to promote the STIX, TAXII and CyBOX programming languages for organizations …

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House Committee OKs $579B Defense Budget for FY 2016

The House Appropriations Committee has passed a $578.6 billion defense budget bill that would fund most of the Pentagon’s key weapon programs in fiscal 2016, Defense News reported Tuesday. John Bennett writes the bill, approved by the committee in a voice vote Tuesday following a markup, includes almost $88 billion in …

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DOE Plans New Contract for Sandia Nat’l Labs Operations

The Energy Department has released a new procurement request for the management and operations of the Sandia National Laboratories before Lockheed Martin‘s contract to run the facility expires in April 2017, Albuquerque Business First reported Friday. Dan Mayfield writes the contract has an estimated annual value of $27 million and follows several extensions to the …

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