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Mar 25, 2015

U.S. to modify launch capability deal for Lockheed-Boeing venture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force must modify its annual “launch capability” contract with United Launch Alliance, to level the playing field for new competitors of the joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, senior U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Air Force Space Command Commander General John Hyten said acquisition officials were working on a plan to phase out the infrastructure support contract in coming years. He cited changing market conditions, including the rise of a rival launch company and prospects for an increase in government satellite launches.

Mar 24, 2015

Lockheed likely to lose some incentive over F-35 software delay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp is likely to lose some incentive fees due to delays in final delivery of the 2B software it is developing for the F-35 fighter jet, the Air Force general who runs the $391 billion program told reporters on Tuesday.

Lieutenant General Chris Bodgan said software testing in December revealed problems with the ability of the jets to fuse data about threats on the ground when four F-35s were flying at once. But the Marine Corps still planned to declare the jets ready for initial combat use in July, he said.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command.

An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S., SpaceX focus on second stage engine to wrap up certification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on Monday it was on track to certify privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites by June, with the final efforts focused on qualifying the second stage engine and structure of its Falcon 9 rocket.

The Air Force said it had worked closely with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to map out the “relatively small amount of work” that needs to be done before completing the certification process.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. envoy sees hope for political solution to Yemen crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. diplomat in Yemen on Monday said Washington and its allies need to make decisions quickly to preserve the possibility of a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.

Ambassador Matthew Tueller said he was optimistic that rival Yemeni factions could reach a political power-sharing agreement if a broad group of representatives could meet outside the country and without the influence of outside parties such as Iran.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S., Lockheed fixing software glitch with GPS satellites

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
said it is working to resolve a technical error
disclosed by the U.S. Air Force on Sunday that affected some
global positioning system (GPS) satellites but did not degrade
the accuracy of GPS signals received by users around the world.

Lockheed said the error involved the ground control system
for GPS satellites it runs for the Air Force.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. fixing software glitch with Boeing GPS satellites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force Sunday it is working to resolve a technical error that affected some Boeing Co Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, although it did not hurt the accuracy of GPS signals received by users around the world.

Air Force Space Command said the glitch appeared to involve the ground-based software used to index, or sort, some messages transmitted by GPS IIF satellites built by Boeing, but officials were still investigating other possible causes.

Mar 22, 2015

U.S. lawmaker to kick off Pentagon acquisition reform bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday as part of a six-year drive aimed at speeding up and improving the way the Pentagon buys arms at a time of rapid gains in technology by Russia and China.

Representative Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican, hopes to spark debate about the initiative and then wrap it into the annual National Defense Authorization Act, a broader bill that sets policy for the Defense Department each year, committee officials told reporters.

Mar 22, 2015

Pentagon wraps up new acquisition rules to protect weapons from cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is taking aggressive action to bolster the security of U.S. weapons systems against cyberattacks, including issuing new rules for acquisitions that will be finalized in coming months, officials told Reuters.

In addition to the acquisition policy, the department is producing a guidebook to help program managers assess the cost and risk tradeoffs in structuring new weapons programs and making them more secure, said Assistant Secretary of Defense Katrina McFarland.

Mar 22, 2015

US taking steps to fix technical error with Boeing GPS satellites

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on
Sunday said it is working to resolve a technical error that
affects some Boeing Co Global Positioning System (GPS)
satellites, although it did not hurt the accuracy of GPS signals
received by users around the world.

Air Force Space Command said the glitch affected the
“indexing” of some GPS messages from a type of satellite known
as IIF, which affects how messages are sorted and stored.