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Aug 15, 2013

Pentagon unveils measures to combat sexual assaults in the military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday unveiled steps to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces by increasing protection for victims, beefing up oversight of investigations, and making responses to such crimes more consistent across the military.

“Sexual assault is a stain on the honor of our men and women who honorably serve our country, as well as a threat to the discipline and the cohesion of our force. It must be stamped out,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

Aug 14, 2013

Textron Systems eyes rising foreign demand for drones, weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc (TXT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), says strong demand from the Middle East and Asia for unmanned systems, ground vehicles and smart weapons will help expand foreign sales to about half of the division’s total revenues in coming years.

Ellen Lord, president and chief executive officer of Textron Systems, said international sales had already grown to about 35 percent of total revenues from less than 10 percent in 2009, and would continue to expand toward a 50-50 split in coming years.

Aug 13, 2013

ATK wins Orbital Sciences order for space transport vehicle

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Alliant Techsystems Inc
on Tuesday said it had won an order from Orbital
Sciences Corp to provide solid rocket motors for a new
air-launched space transport system that is part of Microsoft
co-founder Paul Allen’s latest venture.

Blake Larson, president of ATK Aerospace Group, gave no
details on the size and scope of the contract, but told Reuters
the deal was “certainly substantial”.

Aug 12, 2013

BAE sees growth in foreign, commercial electronic systems

HUDSON, New Hampshire, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s BAE
Systems is gearing up for strong growth in commercial
and international orders for its wide range of electronic
systems, and expects that to help offset declining military
spending in the United States and Europe.

Paul Markwardt, deputy general manager of the electronic
systems division of the company’s U.S. unit, BAE Systems Inc.,
said he expected foreign and commercial sales to expand,
accounting for half or more of the division’s annual revenues
within the next five years, up from about 35 percent currently.

Aug 5, 2013

Lockheed plans universal equipment package for Army helicopters

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
on Monday said it is developing a universal package of cockpit
equipment, electronics and weapons for the U.S. Army’s
next-generation helicopter, an approach it says will save money
and time, and make future upgrades easier.

Lockheed, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, is pooling
resources across the company to develop a mission equipment
package for the 4,000 next-generation helicopters that the Army
expects to starting field around 2034 – and other helicopters
operated by the U.S. military and countries around the world.

Aug 4, 2013

Raytheon sees ‘never-ending opportunity’ in Patriot missile system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Raytheon Co is poised to book billions of dollars worth of orders for its Patriot air and missile defense system in the coming months, underscoring the resurgence of a weapon first developed to defend Europe against a possible Soviet attack.

Three decades later, the system has been upgraded multiple times and more than 200 fire units are in use in a dozen countries, with additional customers in talks to buy into a system that just a few years ago looked ready to wind down.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. Air Force delays rescue helicopter contract award

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has delayed
the award of a contract valued at up to $6.8 billion for a new
combat search and rescue helicopter program until the first
quarter of fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, spokesman Ed
Gulick said.

The expected winner is Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United
Technologies Corp, after all other potential bidders
dropped out of the competition last December.

Aug 2, 2013

Pentagon downplays prospects of cancelling F-35, bomber

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Thursday
downplayed concerns it could cancel the F-35 fighter and a new
stealth bomber, after leaked documents from a budget review
suggested the programs might be eliminated as one way to deal
with deep budget cuts.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that finding
$500 billion in budget cuts required by law over the next
decade, on top of $487 billion in cuts already being
implemented, required tough trade-offs between the size of the
military and high-end weapons programs.

Aug 1, 2013

Pentagon review protects weapons for now, but uncertainty abounds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout Wednesday of a long-awaited strategic budget review left big weapons programs unscathed for now, focusing more on cuts to Pentagon overhead, compensation packages and troop levels.

But the review did not resolve the budget uncertainties that have plagued U.S. weapons makers for nearly two years, and even cuts in the overall size of the military will result in fewer new equipment purchases in years to come, analysts said.

Jul 31, 2013

Pentagon warns of tough trade-offs in face of looming cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday pledged $40 billion in new Pentagon spending reductions over the next decade, but warned that additional cuts required by law posed stark choices that could bend or break the president’s defense strategy.

Hagel, unveiling the results of his four-month Strategic Choices and Management Review, said the Pentagon would cut $40 billion in overhead from its agencies and headquarters units over the next decade. He also said it would propose compensation reforms to try to save about $50 billion.