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Air Campaign Against ISIL Generates Renewed Air Force Interest In SDB I

DefenseAlert, March 26, 2015 -- The Air Force -- which ended Small Diameter Bomb I procurement in 2011, slashing the original acquisition objective in half -- is now asking Boeing to about-face and effectively revert to full-rate production of the precision munition in fiscal year 2016, a reversal of fortune that springs from the current air campaign in Syria and Iraq against ISIL.

McCain To Review Goldwater-Nichols Act With An Eye Toward Acquisition Reform

DefenseAlert, March 26, 2015 -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) wants defense authorizers to take a close look at the Goldwater-Nichols Act over the next two years to examine whether it is achieving its goals.

Report: SMC Should 'Embrace SpaceX Innovation' In Certification Process

DefenseAlert, March 26, 2015 -- The first phase of a wide-ranging analysis of the Air Force's process for certifying new entrants to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle market found that the current process lacks clarity in the purpose of the review and may be too broad in its scope than is necessary for the initial certification of a new launch vehicle.

Air Force To Issue New RFP For Thule Contract Following Pressure From Denmark

DefenseAlert, March 26, 2015 -- After high-level meetings between Danish and U.S. officials, the Air Force has agreed to conduct a new competition for maintenance at Thule Air Base in Greenland, potentially upending a multimillion-dollar deal that sparked outrage when it was awarded to Vectrus last year.

General Dynamics Declines To Bid For Rifleman Radio

DefenseAlert, March 26, 2015 -- The lead manufacturer of the Army's Joint Tactical Radio System's handheld Rifleman radio did not bid in the competition for the radio's full-rate production contract, according to a company statement to InsideDefense.com.

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Unmanned Systems Alert

Senate Authorizers Concerned About UCLASS Requirements, UCAS-D Retirement

DefenseAlert, March 25, 2015 -- An influential senator is concerned about the current requirements the Navy has proposed for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike platform -- its first unmanned combat aircraft program -- and requests the service extend the use of another remotely piloted system, according to a recent letter.
DOCUMENT: Sen. McCain's Letter To DOD On UCLASS

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