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Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force takes aim at high weapons costs, slow procurement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Wednesday mapped out a series of initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of key weapons systems and getting them fielded sooner, saying that leaner budgets and growing threats made action imperative.

“We have to stop spending more and more to get less and less,” James told an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a nonprofit Washington think tank. “We are simply too slow in all that we do.”

Jan 15, 2015

Northrop wins U.S. deal worth up to $963.5 mln for ICBM support

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
beat out Boeing Co to win a contract worth up to $963.5
million to maintain the U.S. stockpile of intercontinental
ballistic missiles, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

The contract marks a big win for Northrop Grumman over
Boeing, which built the Minuteman missile systems and had
competed for the support contract.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force secretary upbeat on SpaceX certification

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary
Deborah James said on Wednesday she was disappointed that SpaceX
was not certified to launch military and spy satellites by the
end of December as hoped, but added she was confident the
company would complete the process soon.

James said the Air Force remained committed to completing
the certification process as quickly as possible in order to
reintroduce competition to a market now dominated by United
Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp
and Boeing Co, the Pentagon’s two largest suppliers.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. eyes India drone, C-130 project deals for Obama trip

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The United States aims to
secure agreements with India to start pilot projects for joint
production of drones as well as equipment for transport planes
in talks next week ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, a
U.S. industry source said on Wednesday.

Frank Kendall, U.S. undersecretary of defense for
acquisition, technology and logistics, will be making his fourth
visit to India to promote collaboration on defense technologies
and co-production of weapons systems in an effort to finalize
the projects.

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. court denies motion to dismiss SpaceX lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. federal claims court
on Tuesday denied a motion by United Launch Alliance seeking
dismissal of a lawsuit filed by privately held SpaceX against
the company and the U.S. Air Force.

Judge Susan Braden said she denied the motion because the
case was still ongoing, and none of the actions taken by
Congress or the Air Force in recent weeks invalidated the SpaceX
lawsuit. SpaceX is challenging the Air Force’s decision to award
36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a venture of
Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. Navy said to opt for Bell-Boeing V-22s for carrier deliveries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday.

The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top Navy and Marine Corps officials had signed a memorandum of understanding on Jan. 5 that maps out their plans to use the V-22 for the carrier on-board delivery (COD) mission.

Jan 13, 2015

U.S. Navy surface chief calls for more offensive weapons on ships

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s surface
forces commander on Tuesday called for putting more offensive
weapons on a broader range of U.S. ships given escalating
threats and concerns in the Asian-Pacific region.

Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden told a Surface Navy Association
national symposium in Crystal City, Virginia, that the Navy’s
test firing of a Norwegian missile off a Littoral Combat Ship
(LCS) last year was a significant step toward showing that other
smaller U.S. warships could be outfitted with offensive weapons.

Jan 7, 2015

U.S. Air Force pushes back SpaceX certification date

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Wednesday it expects to certify Space Exploration Technologies,
also known as SpaceX, to compete for launches no later than
mid-2015, pushing back its original target date by six months.

The Air Force said on Tuesday it was “close” to certifying a
new company to launch large U.S. military satellites, but did
not name SpaceX. United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of
Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, is at present
the only firm certified for such launches.

Jan 7, 2015

U.S. Air Force “close” to certifying new satellite launch provider

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Tuesday it was close to certifying a second company to launch
military and intelligence satellites into space, and announced a
review of the process used to vet new entrants.

Currently, the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of
Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, is the only
company certified to launch large military and intelligence
satellites.

Dec 23, 2014

U.S. watchdog questions if Air Force overpaying for F117 engine work

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s internal
watchdog on Monday questioned whether the U.S. government is
paying United Technologies Corp too much to maintain the
F117 engines that power Boeing Co’s C-17 cargo plane, and
it urged greater oversight.

The Pentagon’s inspector general faulted the Air Force for
buying $1.54 billion worth of maintenance and repair services on
a sole-source, commercial basis, without first assessing if a
commercial market existed for the services.