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May 26, 2015

U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security launches

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday
said it has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S.
military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United
Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp
and Boeing Co, since its creation in 2006.

The decision follows two years of discussions and reviews by
the U.S. Air Force and Space Exploration Technologies, known as
SpaceX, and means the company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk,
can compete for national security launches with its Falcon 9
rocket.

May 26, 2015

DigitalGlobe, Saab venture sees big returns from 3-D model of world

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – U.S. satellite imagery
provider DigitalGlobe Inc and Sweden’s Saab AB
on Tuesday announced a new joint venture aimed at
building an accurate 3-D model of the earth and capturing
billions of dollars in new business.

Tony Frazier, senior vice president at DigitalGlobe, said
the two companies had been working together for two years, but
were now creating a separate U.S.-based venture, Vricon Inc, to
accelerate the work and team up on distribution.

May 22, 2015

Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

By Andrea Shalal

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Reuters) – Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA’s director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he calls a “seismic shift” in the agency’s culture to help it better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the U.S. government.

May 22, 2015

U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

, May 22 (Reuters) – Much about the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S.
spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more
than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website
to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA’s director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he
calls a “seismic shift” in the agency’s culture to help it
better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and
other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the
U.S. government.

May 22, 2015

Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California.

Raytheon Co, Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion.

May 21, 2015

U.S. Air Force eyes ways to avert delays in more F-35 capabilities

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is
concerned that a squadron of F-35 fighter jets scheduled for
combat in August 2016 will face delays in getting some
capabilities that are expected to be delivered in a 2018
software package, a two-star Air Force general said Thursday.

Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, who oversees the F-35
program for the Air Force, said he would meet with officials
from Lockheed Martin Corp and the Pentagon’s F-35
program office in several weeks to discuss ways to mitigate
against any delays.

May 21, 2015

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – United Launch Alliance, a
50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing
Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless
it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an
expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.

ULA President Tory Bruno said the company must attract those
kind of orders to remain a “viable economic entity” so it is
scrambling to restructure and develop a new rocket that in seven
or eight years could launch satellites twice as fast at half the
current cost.

May 20, 2015

U.S. Navy secretary says paying attention to cyber threats

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is working hard
to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and
weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential
attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus said Wednesday.

Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia’s
use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and
Georgia.

May 20, 2015

U.S. Navy paying ‘whole lot of attention’ to cyber threats -Mabus

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is working hard
to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and
weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential
attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus said Wednesday.

Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia’s
use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and
Georgia.

May 20, 2015

UTC in talks with potential buyers for its Sikorsky business: sources

By Andrea Shalal and Mike Stone

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in talks with potential buyers for its Sikorsky Aircraft business, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are exploring their options for a deal, but a steep $3 billion tax bill associated with an outright sale of Sikorsky continues to dampen the interest of big companies, the sources said.