Posts from GovCon Daily 7/09/18

Northrop-Built Unmanned Helicopter Completes Initial Operational Test Aboard Navy LCS

A U.S. Navy aviation unit has conducted an initial operational test and evaluation of an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter produced by Northrop Grumman. Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 assessed Fire Scout’s intelligence gathering, target identification and surface warfare functions through simulated engagements onboard USS Coronado, the U…
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DHS, Canada’s Defense R&D Center to Evaluate Use of Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Response

The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate has partnered with the Canadian defense research and development center for security science to evaluate the use of artificial intelligence and situational awareness tools in critical situations…
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House Panel Launches Inquiry Into EPA’s Contractor Oversight

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked the Environmental Protection Agency whether it uses internal controls to oversee its contractor workforce. The committee wrote in a Tuesday letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that reports by the Government Accountability Office and the EPA’s inspector general office cited gaps in the agency’s management of accountability over contractors, such as overbilling issues and lack of awareness on the number of contractors with “significant” data security responsibilities…
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Ensco to Demo Positioning, Navigation & Timing Platforms; Boris Nejikovsky Comments

Ensco will showcase commercial off-the-shelf positioning, navigation and timing platforms at an upcoming conference the Institute of Navigation’s military division will host for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security…
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KBR’s Govt Arm Secures $133M Army Patriot Missile System Support Order

The U.S. Army has awarded KBR‘s (NYSE: KBR) government services business a potential $133 million task order to support engineering and technical analysis of the Patriot missile defense system and adjunct systems…
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N.Y. Seeks Public Transport Energy Mgmt Tools, Methods

The New York State Energy and Research Authority has announced it will award up to $5 million for multiple “clean energy” proposals meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of public transportation systems…
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Boeing, Lockheed Invest in Emerging Tech Startups Through Venture Capital Units

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and other defense contractors have invested in startups with emerging technology platforms through their venture capital arms, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Lockheed announced plans in June to double its venture capital fund to $200 million by infusing an additional $100 million saved through the tax reform law to target up to eight investments a year that could provide the company a competitive edge in artificial intelligence, cyber, autonomy, analytics, 3D printing and other areas…
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Boeing to Develop, Update Super Hornet Systems for Navy Acquisition Requirements

Boeing will produce new avionics and update existing systems for the F/A-18 Super Hornet platform to address the procurement needs of the U.S. Navy, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The Navy intends to deliver Kuwait’s request of 28 Super Hornets and has placed an order for the service branch’s 110 block III F/A-18 aircraft scheduled for production by 2020, the report said…
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Trade Groups Ask White House to Seek Public Input on AI Policy Via RFI

Several industry groups and individuals from the commercial sector and academia have asked the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to issue a request for information in order to seek comments on its plan to establish a policy on artificial intelligence…
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NATO Puts Raytheon’s Updated Seasparrow Missile Through Live-Fire Test

NATO’s Seasparrow Project Office has completed the first live-fire test of Raytheon‘s Evolved Seasparrow Missile system that was equipped with a new active guidance seeker. The demonstration flight saw the ESSM Block 2 variant intercept a BQM-74E Chukar aerial target drone from Northrop Grumman and came a year after completion of controlled test vehicle trials, the U…
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VIDEO: The Readiness Side of Cyber

The top challenge facing today’s military? Readiness. Today’s interconnected military systems need to be ready for tomorrow’scybersecurity threats. Explore the readiness side of cyber. Visit Raytheon…
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