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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.

Nov 19, 2014

Boeing eyes revamp of cyber business to focus on key areas

By Andrea Shalal

EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) – Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies.

Boeing, the Pentagon’s No. 2 supplier and the world’s largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected.

Nov 18, 2014

Boeing aims to make missile defense more like space programs

By Andrea Shalal

EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) – Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said.

Craig Cooning, named four months ago to head the Boeing division that includes satellites and missile defense, told Reuters in an interview on Monday that he was working out a new approach to the system with Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Admiral James Syring.

Nov 17, 2014

U.S. military scrambles to keep its edge despite budget woes

, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Short of funds, and
awash in global challenges, the U.S. military-industrial
complex is betting on robotics and other new technologies to
stay ahead of rapid advances in weapons development by China,
Russia and other potential foes.

But with budgets already under pressure and deeper cuts
looming in fiscal 2016, it remains uncertain if the Pentagon can
win support in Congress to speed up the acquisition process and
turn the new technologies into game-changing weapons.

Nov 16, 2014

Hagel announces push to boost U.S. military’s technological edge

By David Alexander and Andrea Shalal

SIMI VALLEY Calif. (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, warning that the Pentagon’s technological edge is eroding, announced an ambitious effort on

Saturday to identify and develop weapons systems to enable continued U.S. military dominance in the 21st century.

Nov 16, 2014

U.S. Navy says looking at possible further orders of Boeing jets

By Andrea Shalal

SIMI VALLEY Calif. (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is looking at possible additional orders of Boeing Co’s EA-18G electronic attack planes, or Growlers, as it shapes its fiscal 2016 budget request, the Navy’s top uniformed officer said Saturday.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said the Navy was reviewing its inventory of tactical aircraft, including Growlers and strike fighters, to ensure its electronic attack needs were met.

Nov 16, 2014

U.S. official sees action on immigration before year-end

By Andrea Shalal

SIMI VALLEY Calif. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is expected to announce a series of executive actions on immigration issues before the end of the year, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on Saturday, a move that could anger Republican lawmakers.

Johnson told a conference at the Reagan Presidential Library that the current immigration system had serious problems and reforms were clearly needed. Given the failure of Congress to pass legislation, the Obama administration could resolve some issues under existing legal authorities, he said.