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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.

Mar 20, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. Navy wish list has 12 Boeing jets, eight F-35s – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy included 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets and eight Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s on a list of “unfunded priorities” prepared for Congress, defense officials and other sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Navy’s list was reviewed by senior Pentagon officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff this week, and should be sent to U.S. lawmakers in coming days, said the sources, who asked not to be named because the vetting is still under way.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. missile defense agency warns of “jeopardy” from budget cuts

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – Further budget cuts would
put the U.S. military’s ability to protect the United States in
“serious jeopardy” at a time when Iran and North Korea are
advancing their own missile programs, the head of the U.S.
Missile Defense Agency said on Thursday.

Vice Admiral James Syring told U.S. lawmakers that failure
to lift budget caps in fiscal 2016 would force him to delay
urgently needed steps aimed at improving the reliability of a
system that top military leaders have already called
“unsustainable” given growing threats and budget pressures.

Mar 19, 2015

Pentagon report sees drop in cost of Lockheed F-35, other weapons

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Thursday
lowered the projected procurement cost of Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet by almost two percent and officials
vowed to keep trimming the cost of the largest U.S. arms
program.

The U.S. Defense Department’s annual report on weapons
programs forecast it would cost $391.1 billion to buy 2,457 F-35
jets. That represents a drop of $7.5 billion, or 1.9 percent,
from last year’s estimate, due to lower labor and estimated
inflation rates, and a cut in the number of spares needed.

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. eyes Iran, N.Korea missile threats, boosts testing tempo

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Missile Defense
Agency, citing growing missile threats from North Korea and
Iran, said on Wednesday the United States was carrying out
increasingly realistic tests of its missile defenses while also
beefing up cybersecurity.

MDA Director Navy Vice Admiral James Syring said North Korea
has fielded hundreds of missiles that could reach U.S. forces
based in South Korea and Japan, while Iran was stepping up work
on more sophisticated missiles.

Mar 18, 2015

Pentagon plans hard look at missile defense programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department has launched a major review of missile defense programs and capabilities, after military commanders called the current strategy “unsustainable” given tough budget pressures and rising threats around the world.

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described the review in a Feb. 4 memo to top officers in the U.S. Army and Navy, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. moving ahead on bid to end reliance on Russian rocket engines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force plans to release a draft request for proposals next month in its bid to end U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines, and could award initial study contracts by the end of the 2015 fiscal year, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

They told U.S. lawmakers the Air Force planned to focus the closely watched competition on launch services rather than development of a new American engine, since any engine must be closely integrated with the rocket it fuels.