WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A sixth U.S. warship is now operating in the eastern Mediterranean, near five U.S. destroyers armed with cruise missiles that could soon be directed against Syria as part of a “limited, precise” strike, defense officials said late on Friday.
They stressed that the USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship with several hundred U.S. Marines on board, was in the region for a different reason and there were no plans to put Marines on the ground as part of any military action against Syria.
ABOARD USS WASP, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Two F-35 fighter jets
have completed dozens of test flights from the deck of this
amphibious assault ship over the past three weeks, but several
flights were scrapped on Wednesday for maintenance issues, just
as more than a dozen journalists arrived for a demonstration.
U.S. Marine Corps officials said the jets had made more than
90 successful vertical landings on the USS Wasp this month,
including many at night – showing the growing maturity of
Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35B fighter. The officials said
groundings were rare during the recent 19-day test period.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it had transferred two men from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Algeria as part of its ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.
The Pentagon said Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab were transferred on Wednesday and arrived in Algeria the same day, leaving 164 detainees at Guantanamo, including 84 others cleared for release years ago.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s top manufacturing official expects a spate of merger and acquisition activity – and a doubling of efforts by foreign companies to take over U.S. arms makers – once the uncertain U.S. budget outlook becomes clearer.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Policy Brett Lambert told Reuters in an interview that prolonged uncertainty about U.S. military spending was stalling M&A deals, dampening investment and hiring by big defense companies. It takes an even heavier toll on their small-to-medium-sized suppliers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Tuesday announced it had reached agreement with United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to build 38 engines for a sixth batch of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35 fighter jets, securing discounts of 2.5 percent to 9.6 percent on the engines.
Pratt & Whitney, the engine-making unit of United Technologies, said it is targeting further cost reductions on the next two batches of engines under contracts that will be negotiated with the Pentagon in coming months.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead a major review of the Pentagon’s organizational structure aimed at cutting headquarters costs by almost $40 billion through fiscal year 2023, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told key Pentagon officials in a memo dated Monday that he had asked Donley and his team to submit findings and recommendations for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s consideration by the end of September.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, has reached an agreement in principle with the Pentagon on a contract to build 39 engines for a sixth batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, three sources familiar with the deal said on Monday.
The agreement – which Pratt had expected to reach over a month ago – is valued at more than $1 billion, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research), has reached an agreement in principle with the Pentagon on a contract to build 39 engines for a sixth batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, three sources familiar with the deal said on Monday.
The agreement – which Pratt had expected to reach over a month ago – is valued at more than $1 billion (642 million pounds), said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday was repositioning naval forces in the Mediterranean to give President Barack Obama the option for an armed strike on Syria, although officials cautioned that Obama had made no decision on military action.
A defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. Navy would expand its presence in the Mediterranean to four destroyers from three.
WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. unit of British
aerospace and defense manufacturer Meggitt Plc has
agreed to pay up to $25 million to resolve hundreds of possible
export control violations the company uncovered in a review of
operations dating back to the mid-1990s, the U.S. State
Department said on Friday.
It said the settlement was part of a consent agreement. The
State Department said it conducted a compliance review after
Meggitt disclosed multiple potential violations of U.S. export
control laws through shipments to India, China and other