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Dec 10, 2014

U.S. needs longer-range, stealthy drones: think tank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military should invest more in longer-range, stealthy weapons, and especially unmanned vehicles, to leverage current advantages and stay ahead of rapid advances by China, Russia and other potential foes, a Washington think tank said Tuesday.

The report, released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, acknowledged U.S. budget pressures and said funding for new weapons could come from base closures, cuts in personnel benefits and reductions in current modernization programs – such as the shorter-range Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet – and even aircraft carriers.

Dec 5, 2014

Pentagon faults both Raytheon, Air Force for program cost growth

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms
buyer on Friday faulted both Raytheon Co and the U.S.
Air Force for sharp cost growth on a new ground station for
Global Positioning System satellites, citing problems with
program execution and changes in requirements.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Defense Undersecretary
Frank Kendall this week ordered a review of Raytheon’s GPS
Operational Control System after the contract’s value increased
by over 80 percent to $1.6 billion.

Dec 4, 2014

Exclusive: Pentagon to review Raytheon GPS ground system after cost spike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Thursday said it had ordered a review of Raytheon Co’s work on a new ground control system for Global Positioning System satellites after an Air Force-ordered restructuring drove the program’s cost significantly higher.

The current contract value is $1.6 billion, according to Air Force officials, which marks an increase of over 80 percent from the initial contract value of $886 million.

Dec 4, 2014

U.S. Transportation Command taking steps to defend against cyber attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military command that transports troops and cargo is taking aggressive steps to defend its computer networks against destructive cyber attacks by other countries and criminals, its four-star commanding general said on Thursday.

Air Force General Paul Selva, who heads U.S. Transportation Command, said that while attacks aimed at scoping out their networks, or stealing data were more common, he worried “a lot” about attempts aimed at destroying or manipulating data.

Dec 4, 2014

Obama’s pick to head Pentagon not always on same page as president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ashton Carter, a veteran Washington insider President Barack Obama is expected to name as his new defense secretary, built a reputation as a behind-the-scenes team player during many years in senior Pentagon posts.

But scrutiny of the 60-year-old former physicist’s views on issues ranging from North Korea to Iraq to defense spending also show an independent thinker whose opinions have not always aligned fully with those of the president.

Dec 3, 2014

35 engine inspection requirements eased to 13 hours -Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mandatory engine inspections are now required every 13 hours for Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jets, a significant easing of the three-hour requirement imposed after an engine failure in June temporarily grounded the entire fleet, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

U.S. Rear Admiral Randy Mahr, the Pentagon’s F-35 deputy program manager, said that all of the F-35 jets used for testing were now flying the required “full envelope” of speed and other flight maneuvers.

Dec 2, 2014

Warship builder sees cooler heads prevailing on U.S. budget caps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief executive of shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries on Monday said he was optimistic U.S. lawmakers would eventually ease budget caps on U.S. military spending that are dampening investment in longer-term weapons research.

“Cooler heads have a way of prevailing on something like this,” Mike Petters told Reuters in an interview at the company’s offices near Washington’s Navy Yard.

Nov 25, 2014

Hagel move not seen scuttling efforts on innovation, warships

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation will not derail a major Pentagon technology initiative unveiled this month and should not delay a decision on how to improve a new class of smaller warships, U.S. defence officials said.

The officials said the Pentagon remains committed to the Defense Innovation Initiative, an effort to identify and develop new weapons to ensure continued U.S. military dominance that was announced by Hagel at a defence forum in California on Nov. 15.

Nov 21, 2014

Lockheed sees buyer for hybrid cargo airship in 2015

By Andrea Shalal

PALMDALE Calif. (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects to reach an agreement next year with a launch customer for a giant new hybrid airship that would revolutionize the way oil and mining companies haul equipment to the Arctic and other remote areas without roads.

The initial version of the airship, filled mostly with helium, would carry 20 tons of cargo, but could easily be scaled to roughly the size of a football field with 500 tons of capacity, Robert Boyd, an engineer with Lockheed’s Skunk Works R&D house, told Reuters in a rare media visit to the sprawling facility some 60 miles from Los Angeles.

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. Air Force ‘pretty optimistic’ about SpaceX certification

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Air Force official on Wednesday said she is “pretty optimistic” that privately held Space Exploration Technologies will eventually be certified to launch U.S. military satellites into orbit but declined comment on the timing of such an action.

The Air Force is working closely with the company, also known as SpaceX, to satisfy a series of requirements that would allow it to compete to launch costly and sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites.