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Sep 21, 2015

Pentagon promotes ‘Lean In’ groups to boost women in leadership

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, keen to expand the number of women and minorities in military leadership, on Monday will endorse “Lean In” discussion groups sparked by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book, a senior defense official said.

Carter and Sandberg will meet at the Pentagon with 15 women from all ranks and military services who already lead Lean In groups, followed by a news conference, where Carter will promote creation of more such groups, at government facilities and even during working hours.

Sep 18, 2015

More U.S. firms eying overseas moves given EXIM lapse: AIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More U.S. companies are considering moving plants overseas given concerns about the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the largest U.S. aerospace trade group said Friday, a day after General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) announced plans to build a $400 million turboprop engine plant in Europe.

David Melcher, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, said he expected similar announcements from Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and other companies, which are already losing business due to lack of access to U.S. trade credits.

Sep 18, 2015

Pentagon designing cyber ‘scorecard’ to stay ahead of hackers

By Andrea Shalal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons systems, and installations, and help officials prioritize how to fix them, the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command said on Thursday.

Air Force Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on a framework within months, with a goal of turning the system into an automated “scorecard” in coming years.

Sep 17, 2015

U.S. Cyber Command designing system to stay ahead of hackers

By Andrea Shalal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.S. Cyber Command is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons system and installations and help officials prioritize how to fix them, its deputy commander said on Thursday.

Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on the framework within months, turning the system into an automated “scorecard” in coming years.

Sep 17, 2015

U.S. budget woes send ‘wrong message’ to potential foes: Defense Secretary

By Andrea Shalal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday warned that continued uncertainty about U.S. military spending levels would send “the wrong message at the wrong time” when Russia and China are rapidly advancing their technologies.

Carter told the annual meeting of the Air Force Association that failure by the U.S. Congress to pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 could trigger a return to difficult spending cuts and a $38 billion shortfall in funds needed for new weapons, training and operations.

Sep 17, 2015

Pentagon sees risk in F-35 fighter’s complex logistics program

By Andrea Shalal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Long delays in Lockheed Martin Corp’s development of a computer-based logistics system for the F-35 fighter jet pose the biggest threat to the U.S. Air Force’s plan to declare the aircraft ready for combat next summer, the head of the Pentagon’s F-35 program office said.

“It’s the thing that worries me most,” Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan said in an interview at the annual Air Force Association conference. “We’re on a full court press with ALIS,” the Autonomic Logistics Information System.

Sep 16, 2015

Boeing rejects Aerojet Rocketdyne bid for ULA launch venture

, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Boeing Co
on Wednesday said it had rejected an unsolicited bid from
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc for United Launch
Alliance, a 50-50 rocket launch venture of Boeing and Lockheed
Martin Corp.

“The unsolicited proposal for ULA is not something we
seriously entertained,” Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher said.

Sep 16, 2015

Aerojet Rocketdyne says new AR-1 engine timetable could slip

, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Aerojet Rocketdyne
Holdings Inc on Tuesday said it expected to complete
its new AR-1 rocket engine by 2019 to replace a soon-to-be
banned Russian engine, but the date could slip if it does not
receive enough U.S. government funding.

Aerojet Vice President Julie Van Kleeck declined comment on
reports that Aerojet has offered $2 billion to acquire United
Launch Alliance (ULA), a 50-50 rocket launch venture of Lockheed
Martin Corp and Boeing Co.

Sep 16, 2015

U.S. Air Force warns F-35 order review could damage program

By Andrea Shalal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh on Tuesday warned that short-term moves to revise downward the Air Force’s planned purchase of 1,763 Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35 stealth fighters could damage the program and scare off foreign buyers.

“Let’s delay this discussion for a little while until we see what happens in the world,” Welsh told reporters at the annual Air Force Association conference, citing efforts by Russia and China to field more advanced fighter aircraft of their own.

Sep 15, 2015

Pratt prepping for big production increase on F-35 jet engines

, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney, a
unit of United Technologies Corp, on Monday said it is
working closely with suppliers to prepare for a large ramp-up in
production in coming years of the F135 engine that powers the
Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet.

Bennett Croswell, who heads Pratt’s military engines
division, said the company was seeking to ensure it had at least
two suppliers for every major component, and was also carrying
out production readiness reviews of key suppliers, and the
companies that build parts for them.