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Jun 9, 2015

Germany to buy MEADS defense system from MBDA, Lockheed

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – Germany said on Tuesday it
will buy the MEADS air and missile defense system from Europe’s
MBDA and Lockheed Martin Corp instead of an updated
Patriot system offered by Raytheon Co, but said the
companies would have to meet demanding performance milestones to
retain the contract.

Germany funded a quarter of the $4 billion invested by it,
the United States and Italy to develop the Medium Extended Air
Defense System (MEADS) as a successor to the Patriot air defense
system fielded in the 1980s.

Jun 7, 2015

US, Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan
on Sunday announced the first live fire test of Raytheon Co’s
new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is
being jointly developed by the two countries for a combined cost
of around $2 billion.

Rick Lehner, spokesman for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency,
said the test conducted on Saturday from the Point Mugu Sea
Range off the coast of California was a success.

Jun 6, 2015

Big U.S. data breaches offer treasure trove for hackers

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – A massive breach of U.S.
federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a
flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing
personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from
government and private computers.

The Obama administration on Thursday disclosed the breach of
computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management and said
the records of up to 4 million current and former federal
employees may have been compromised.

Jun 6, 2015

Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985 – U.S. official

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S.
government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included
security clearance information and background checks dating back
three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the
scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal
networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel
Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama
administration, which said records of up to 4 million current
and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 6, 2015

Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 5, 2015

U.S. Air Force says 2014 F-35 engine mishap cost $50 mln

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Friday
said last year’s catastrophic F-35 engine failure, which
grounded the entire fleet of jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp
for a month, cost over $50 million.

The Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command said its
investigation of the June 23 mishap involving the F135 engine
built for the jet by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United
Technologies Corp, showed the mishap was caused by a
failure of the third-stage rotor of the engine’s fan module.

Jun 5, 2015

Data hacked from federal government dates back to 1985: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 5, 2015

U.S. Air Force bomber contract due in early August -sources

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is
expected to unveil in early August whether Northrop Grumman Corp
, maker of the B-2 bomber, or a Boeing Co -Lockheed
Martin Corp team will build a new U.S. long-range
bomber, sources familiar with the competition said.

The top-secret “source selection” process, which could be
worth $50 billion to $80 billion to the winning bidder, is
nearly complete, with the decision still to be reviewed by top
U.S. government lawyers and other officials, said the sources,
who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Jun 3, 2015

US Navy sees possible risks in delay in competition for carrier drone

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Navy officials this week
voiced rare dissent with the Pentagon over a long-delayed
competition for a new armed, carrier-based drone that could be
worth billions of dollars to industry, and said the U.S. Defense
Department’s foot-dragging posed risks to the Navy’s future
aviation forces.

Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, director of air warfare for the
Navy’s chief of naval operations, on Wednesday said the Navy’s
requirements for the new unmanned aircraft had been locked in
for well over a year, but the Navy could not release the terms
of the competition until the Pentagon completed its study.

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. Air Force opens bidding for new rockets, eyes quick turnaround

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday formally kicked off a competition for development of new prototype rocket propulsion systems, and address the “urgent need” to end U.S. reliance on Russian engines to launch military and intelligence satellites.

Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, who heads the Air Force’s Space and Missiles Systems Center, told reporters on a teleconference that initial proposals were due by June 23, and the government hoped to divide $160 million in contracts among up to four bidders on a rolling basis beginning in September.