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Apr 6, 2015

Pentagon balks at congressional bid to ease multiyear deal terms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is pushing back against congressional moves to ease requirements for multiyear weapons procurements, saying it will continue to insist that such deals generate significant savings for the government before relinquishing yearly control.

Even if Congress changes the law, U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said program managers would still need to show savings of “pretty darn close to 10 percent or better” to get approval to sign a contract of up to five years.

Apr 3, 2015

U.S. says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government would support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching system for aircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to India, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told Reuters on Friday.

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, who heads a joint U.S.-India defense trade and technology effort, said he was optimistic about the two countries’ efforts to cooperate on a planned aircraft carrier for India.

Apr 3, 2015

US says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. government would
support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching
system for aircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to
India, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told Reuters on
Friday.

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, who heads a joint
U.S.-India defense trade and technology effort, said he was
optimistic about the two countries’ efforts to cooperate on a
planned aircraft carrier for India.

Apr 2, 2015

Boeing employee pleads guilty to taking kickbacks for bid information

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Boeing Co procurement official
is among seven people who have pleaded guilty in a kickback
scheme that involved giving confidential bidding information to
suppliers to the aerospace company’s satellite division,
prosecutors said on Thursday.

The Boeing official, Mark Allen of Boeing’s Space and
Intelligence Systems unit in El Segundo, California, was charged
with conspiracy to receive kickbacks, the prosecutors said.

Apr 2, 2015

Boeing to ramp up lobbying, ads for F/A-18 Super Hornets

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Thursday
said it will ramp up lobbying efforts to extend production of
its F/A-18 fighter jets beyond the end of 2017 after the U.S.
Navy asked Congress to fund 12 airplanes not included in the
2016 budget proposal.

Dan Gillian, who runs the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G electronic
attack jet programs for Boeing, told Reuters the company had
decided to continue working closely with the Navy to convince
U.S. lawmakers.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air
defense system being developed in partnership with the United
States met all its objectives in a series of recent live
interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday,
putting it on course for deployment by next year.

The system, David’s Sling, shot down targets simulating
longer-range missiles like Scuds that could be fired at Israel
from Syria and by Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear deadline looms

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air
defense system being developed in partnership with the United
States met all its objectives in a series of recent tests, U.S.
and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for
possible deployment by next year.

The system called David’s Sling hit targets that represented
potential threats to Israel, including longer-range missiles
that could be fired from Syria and Lebanon, experts said.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear deadline looms

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air
defense system being developed in partnership with the United
States met all its objectives in a series of recent tests, U.S.
and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for
possible deployment by next year.

The system called David’s Sling hit targets that represented
potential threats to Israel, including longer-range missiles
that could be fired from Syria and Lebanon, experts said.

Apr 1, 2015

U.S. targets overseas cyber attackers with new sanctions program

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target
individuals and groups outside the United States that use
“malicious” cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy,
national security or economic stability.

In an executive order, Obama declared such activities a
“national emergency” and allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to
freeze the assets and bar other financial transactions of
entities engaged in destructive cyber attacks.

Mar 31, 2015

Lockheed sees PAC-3 missile deal with South Korea in coming months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Tuesday it expected to complete a contract in coming months to supply an undisclosed number of PAC-3 missiles to South Korea, following Monday’s announcement by that country’s defense acquisition agency.

The U.S. government and South Korea signed a letter of agreement about the foreign military transaction on March 13, Dan Garcia, Lockheed’s senior manager for international air and missile business development, told Reuters.