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Nuclear Posture Review draft leaks; new weapons coming amid strategic shift (Defense News)

A leaked copy of the Pentagon’s upcoming Nuclear Posture Review includes the development of a new low-yield warhead for America’s submarines, pushing for the creation of a new sub-launched, nuclear-capable cruise missile and a shift in America’s stance on when nuclear weapons may be used.

DARPA completes second phase of swarming demo (Flight Global)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed the second phase of its collaborative control technology for unmanned air systems demonstration, the next step in an effort to orchestrate swarms of legacy UAS with the hand of a single human operator.

Coast Guard Eyeing Acceleration of Heavy Icebreaker Procurement (National Defense)

The Coast Guard is looking for ways to potentially speed up the acquisition of a new heavy icebreaker, said the service’s commandant Jan. 10.

Navy's Stealthy Mega-Destroyer Still Doesn't Have a Round for Its Gun (DoD Buzz)

The Navy's futuristic destroyer Zumwalt is some two years away from being ready for battle -- but service leaders still don't know what round to load in its main weapon.

Romania inks $1B deal for hundreds of infantry fighting vehicles (Defense News)

Romanian Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor signed a deal Friday for 227 Piranha V infantry fighting vehicles for the country’s armed forces. The eight-wheel drive vehicles will be purchased under a deal worth €895 million euros (U.S. $1 billion), excluding the value-added tax.

New Frigate to Cost $950 Million Each (National Defense)

The Navy’s future guided-missile frigate is expected to cost $950 million per system after the first hull, according to the program manager.

Comptroller Promises DoD Audit After Decades of Trying (DoD Buzz)

To get a grip on waste, and finally account for taxpayer dollars, the military simply has to know how much it has and how much is being spent on it, down to boots and rifles as well as big-ticket items, Comptroller David Norquist said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

France awards Airbus deal to develop naval drone technology (Flight Global)

Airbus Helicopters and its partner Naval Group have been contracted by France's DGA defence procurement agency to develop technologies for a projected rotary unmanned air vehicle (RUAV) to operate from warships.

Dassault details Rafale order backlog (Flight Global)

Dassault ended last year with a firm order backlog for 101 Rafales, after delivering nine of the type during 2017.

Textron, U.S. Navy are loading guns and missiles on their unmanned mine hunting boat

The Navy's 39-foot Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV), which is developed to perform mine sweeping and countermeasures for the mine warfare package on the littoral combat ship, is getting ready to be developed further with new lethal and non-lethal payloads, which could be anything from a missile to a remotely operated gun system, such as the FN Herstal’s “Sea deFNder.”

B-1B Lancer's Evolving Mission Includes More Close-Air Support (Military Times)


Defense Systems Interviews 

DSJ Exclusive: Interview of U.S. Army Major General John L. Gronski, Army National Guard, Europe

Defense Systems Journal had a chance to talk at the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Annual Meeting and Exhibition with Maj. Gen. John L. Gronski, Deputy Commanding General of the Army National Guard within U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR).  Details are here on the five things we learned.


Defense & Aerospace Industry Meetings, Trade Shows and Exhibitions

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January 31 - February 1 - Border Security Exposition (San Antonio, TX)

February 6-8 - AUVSI's Unmanned Systems - Defense/Protection/Security (National Harbor, MD)

February 6-11 - Singapore Airshow 2018 (Singapore)

February 7-8 - Marine West (Camp Pendleton, CA) 

February 21-23 - Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium (Orlando, FL)

February 26 - March 1 - Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo (Orlando, FL)

February 28 - March 2 -- Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Symposium & Exposition (Washington, DC)

For more see here -- http://www.dsjournal.com/industrycalendar.html 

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