General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., based in San Diego, has been selected to modernize, maintain and repair the USS Cowpens cruiser under a $147.7 million contract.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda says his country should be able to allocate 2.5% of its economic output to defense by 2024, an increase that will help the Polish military modernize. Poland previously estimated reaching that percentage in 2030.
BAE Systems, Dell EMC and Splunk are developing secure hybrid cloud storage technology for the Defense Department, US intelligence and civilian federal agencies. "The security tools and advanced machine learning algorithms [from this collaboration] automate the analysis of our cloud security logs, instantly alerting security administrators of potential risks," said Peder Jungck of BAE.
Boeing landed 30 commercial aircraft orders in July with a list-price value of $6.2 billion.
Defense Secretary James Mattis says Brazil is a vital US space partner and foresees advanced research opportunities with the country. A space situational awareness agreement that Brazil and the US have signed provides for information exchange relating to upward of 23,000 space objects, such as satellites.
Defense contractors are anticipating high demand from the future Space Force military branch. "It's pretty exciting for all of us in the industry to see the intense level of interest that this administration and our Congress [have] in space," said United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno.
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes the formation of a new National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and $93.1 million for Project Maven, which seeks to automate the scanning of reconnaissance imagery taken with drones.
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Harris Corp. are among the companies likely to play a major role in supplying a new US Space Force, according to analyst Byron Callan. Boeing's Phantom Express space plane being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could ultimately end up supporting the Space Force.
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