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6/19/2018

The Pentagon has given a $126.5 million contract to Marvin Engineering for more than 1,000 guided missile launchers to be used on fighter aircraft.

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6/19/2018

Members of Congress say the House and Senate can finalize a defense authorization bill on schedule, possibly before the summer break. "There's no reason we can't complete conference by the end of July," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

6/19/2018

The Defense Department's contract with DRS Sustainment Systems covers support services associated with the Army's Abrams M1A2 main battle tank and is valued at more than $192.5 million. DRS will procure Abrams Active Protection systems.

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Abrams, Army, Defense Department
6/19/2018

The Royal Air Force supports the purchase of up to six Boeing Wedgetail aircraft to update its fleet of surveillance aircraft but is receiving pushback from those who want to see the acquisition put out for competitive bid.

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Royal Air Force, Boeing
6/19/2018

Airbus is testing a longer-range version of the A321 dubbed the A321XLR, which would expand the range of the A321LR, an aircraft that has reportedly set endurance records in testing.

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Airbus
6/19/2018

Members of the Senate, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are reportedly at work on legislation that would give oversight of nontraditional space activities to the Department of Transportation. The White House is moving to give such oversight to the Department of Commerce.

6/19/2018

NASA has confirmed plans to send robots to the lunar surface as early as next year. The mission will make use of commercial space partners.

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6/19/2018

Experts say a stand-alone Space Force would rely on personnel from across the major military branches. "As space becomes increasingly contested, the demand for the Department of Defense to focus on protecting US space assets and interests also increases. At the same time, the rapid commercialization of space requires a traffic management framework that protects US interests and considers the private sector's needs," a recent directive from the Trump administration states.

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USNI News
6/19/2018

David Schenker, White House nominee for the post of assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs says allies should avoid buying Russian military equipment or suffer economic penalties. His comments came during a nomination hearing in the Senate.

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Breaking Defense
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Trump, White House, Senate
6/18/2018

The Defense Systems Information Agency has included Northrop Grumman, BAE, Booz Allen Hamilton and Peraton among 14 finalists cleared to bid on the massive Systems Engineering Technology and Innovation program. The program could be worth up to $7.5 billion over 10 years.

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