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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.

Nov 15, 2014

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

By Andrea Shalal and David Alexander

SIMI VALLEY Calif. (Reuters) – The U.S. military’s ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert told Reuters the Navy would have to cut forces and reduce its ability to position ships around the world if lawmakers did not ease or reverse the cuts, which are due to resume in fiscal 2016.

Nov 14, 2014

BAE sues South Korea to block claim over canceled F-16 upgrades

, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. unit of
Britain’s BAE Systems Plc on Thursday filed suit in a
U.S. federal court to block South Korea’s demand that the
company pay $43.26 million to Seoul for costs incurred in a
now-canceled program to upgrade F-16 fighter jets.

In the lawsuit, BAE asked the judge to agree that a $43.26
million bid bond it had signed earlier with Seoul was nullified
when the U.S. government decided to negotiate the F-16 upgrades
as a foreign military sale, rather than a direct commercial sale
between South Korea and BAE.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. Navy F-35 jet makes first night flight as sea tests near end

ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy
version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet made
its first night flight off an aircraft carrier on Thursday as it
neared the end of two weeks of sea-based testing aboard the USS
Nimitz, Navy and Pentagon officials said.

Two F-35 C-model jets on board the carrier have already met
95 percent of the requirements for the first of three rounds of
sea-based tests, proving to be more reliable and performing
better than expected, Navy test pilots told reporters.

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. Navy strategy for long warship deployment starts in Asia

, Nov 12 (Reuters) – An upcoming 16-month
deployment of the USS Fort Worth, a new coastal warship built by
Lockheed Martin Corp, kicks off a new strategy by the
U.S. Navy that it says will save money and help maintain a
presence overseas despite tighter budgets.

Captain Randy Garner, Commodore of Littoral Combat Ship
(LCS) Squadron One, said the Navy planned to have three crews
for every two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), rotating them onto
the ships every four months, a big reduction from current
staffing levels that allow crews to remain with their ships.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S., Canada eye option for four F-35 deliveries in 2017: sources

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canada could take delivery of an initial four F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp in 2017 under an agreement with the U.S. military, although no final decision has been made, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

An Oct. 27 briefing chart prepared by the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office maps out plans for the U.S. Air Force to defer four of 26 F-35A purchases in a ninth batch of low-rate production jets, which would allow Canada to take those slots, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.