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Dec 21, 2014

U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan govt websites

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Malicious software likely
linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range
of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity
researchers say.

ThreatConnect, a Virginia-based cybersecurity firm, said its
researchers last week found a corrupted JavaScript file that is
being used to host content on “” websites, and there are
no antivirus protections available for the malware.

Dec 19, 2014

Boeing, U.S. Navy in talks about stretching EA-18G jet production

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Friday said
it was in talks with Boeing Co about slowing production
of its EA-18G electronic attack jets to keep the St. Louis
facility running through the end of 2017, after Congress
approved funding for 15 more planes.

The Navy is seeking to modify Boeing’s existing contract for
EA-18G jets, or Growlers, and F/A-18 Super Hornets to add the
extra jets funded by Congress in the fiscal 2015 U.S. budget,
said Rob Koon, spokesman for the Navy’s Naval Air Systems

Dec 18, 2014

South Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Thursday it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to service the Lockheed Martin Corp stealth fighter.

Instead, it is likely to fly the jets to Australia for maintenance, about eight times further away than Japan and well beyond their operating range. The three nations, all key U.S. allies, are the only countries in the region to have ordered the F-35s.

Dec 17, 2014

Pentagon picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday
said it chose both Japan and Australia to carry out heavy
airframe maintenance for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35
fighter jet in Asia, given the high cost of transporting jets
across vast distances in the region.

Japan would handle heavy maintenance for the jets in the
northern Pacific from early 2018, while Australia would handle
maintenance in the southern Pacific, the three-star general who
runs the F-35 program for the U.S. Defense Department told

Dec 17, 2014

Two-thirds of Americans back higher military spending-poll

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – More than two thirds of U.S.
voters back increased military spending given growing threats to
America’s security, and would be more likely to support
candidates who agree, the Aerospace Industries Association trade
group said Wednesday.

AIA, the largest aerospace and defense industry group, said
lawmakers should heed a new Harris poll it commissioned, which
showed that a majority of voters across party lines support
lifting budget caps imposed under the Budget Control Act (BCA)
of 2011.

Dec 16, 2014

Obama likely to sign two bills that could impact arms sales

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
is expected to sign in coming weeks two bills passed by Congress
despite concerns raised by U.S. officials that they could add
time and cost to the already complex process for approving
foreign arms sales.

One bill would allow leaders of the U.S. House of
Representatives and Senate foreign affairs committees to request
30-day notification of certain arms shipments to specific
countries, if concerns arose after the sales were approved.

Dec 12, 2014

Pentagon opts to upgrade current LCS ship design

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday approved the U.S. Navy’s plan to meet its requirement for 52 small warships by upgrading the coastal warships designed by Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia’s Austal, instead of starting from scratch with a more costly new design.

Hagel said he accepted the Navy’s recommendation to make the current ship designs more lethal and survivable by adding an array of missiles, radars and other equipment.

Dec 11, 2014

Italy, Turkey to service F-35 jet, engine in Europe: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon has chosen Italy and Turkey to provide initial heavy maintenance of Lockheed Martin Corp’s new F-35 fighter jet and its engine in Europe starting in 2018, a move that will result in significant orders for companies there.

The decision announced on Thursday paves the way for billions of dollars of work by companies in those countries, and several others in coming years, as the new radar-evading warplane starts operating around the world.

Dec 10, 2014

Huntington Ingalls CEO maps out longer view of weapons sector

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Mike Petters, chief executive
of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, on Wednesday said
he remained committed to a longer-term view of the U.S.
shipbuilder’s business prospects, despite growing market
pressures to focus on short-term gains.

Petters told the Washington-based Atlantic Council think
tank that this longer-term focus had driven his company to
invest in potential new business areas in the energy sector, and
the creation of on-site health centers at its facilities.

Dec 10, 2014

Under pressure, Lockheed opens up about secret weapons unit

By Andrea Shalal

PALMDALE, Calif. (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s No. 1 weapons supplier, has rarely felt the need to blow its horn about its secrecy-shrouded crown jewel – until now.

“Skunk Works,” Lockheed’s business for developing weapons outside the company’s main chain of command, is starting to lift the veil in a sign of fierce pressure to win new orders and protect its brand as military budgets shrink.