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Defense Daily, Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012
Winnefeld: Requirements Reforms Will Improve Weapons Planning
The head of the Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) touted reforms officials have made to the powerful body intended to improve the its weapons planning.
“We’re trying to make it more of a meaningful and useful process,” Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld said about the workings of the JROC, which he chairs. “We have a ways to go. But we’re definitely determined to make this a functioning body that will help…get what the warfighter needs at a great cost for the taxpayer.”
Addressing the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Security Forum in Washington yesterday, Winnefeld said he was surprised to see last year that…more
NASA, ATK Successfully Complete First Test For SLS Booster Program
NASA and ATK [ATK] successfully completed the first test for the space agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) booster program, according to company program managers.
The demonstration, held March 28 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility, was a key avionics and controls test designated Flight Control Test-1 (FCT-1). FCT-1 included a fully integrated flight heritage thrust vector control (TVC) system with the new SLS booster avionics subsystem, according to a company statement.
There will be a second and final FCT, FCT-2, Sept. 25, according to ATK deputy program manager for next-generation booster Harry Reed. Reed said in a telephone interview recently FCT-2 will “ring out this control system a little bit more.”
Paul Karner, ATK program manager for SLS avionics and control systems, said the next “big” test…more
DoD Approves MIDS JTRS For Full Production And Fielding
The Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) has been approved for full production and fielding, the Navy said yesterday in a statement.
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall signed the Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) April 4, according to a statement.
The MIDS program office expects…more
The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense 
Underground NGEN Ads.
An industry team competing for the lucrative contract for the next generation intranet for the Navy and Marine Corps has been peppering the Washington D.C. metro with ads touting its solution. The Computer Sciences Corp. and Harris Corp. advertisements about the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) can be spotted inside the blue and yellow line trains that run to the Pentagon. “We feel it’s getting pretty good exposure,” says Heather Williams, a CSC spokeswoman. The ads began in March and are set to come down this month, she says. The CSC-Harris team is trying to unseat Hewlett-Packard, the prime contractor for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) that NGEN will succeed when it comes online, which is planned for 2014.
…HP Hits Back. HP says it’s not planning an ad campaign but has something to say about…more
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