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Jan 21, 2015

Pentagon still cold to big defense mergers: Northrop CEO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even in an era of shrinking U.S. military spending, the U.S. Defense Department remains reluctant to see further consolidation among big U.S. weapons makers, Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Executive Wes Bush said on Wednesday.

“I haven’t seen any evidence that the department is thinking about things differently, but it will always come down to the case-by-case view of competition versus the benefit that the department would get from it,” Bush told Reuters after a speech at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

Jan 21, 2015

Nearly every U.S. arms program found vulnerable to cyber attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly every U.S. weapons program tested in fiscal 2014 showed “significant vulnerabilities” to cyber attacks, including misconfigured, unpatched and outdated software, the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester said in his annual report released Tuesday.

Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), said program managers had worked to resolve problems discovered in previous years and security was improving, but this year’s testing had revealed new vulnerabilities.

Jan 20, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. Air Force to reevaluate bids in protested radar deal – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has agreed to reevaluate proposals received in a competition for a long-range radar system initially won by Raytheon Co (RTN.N: Quote, Profile, Research), after two losing bidders filed protests, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The Air Force’s action is expected to resolve the two separate protests, which were filed by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) days after the contract was first awarded to Raytheon in October, according to the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Jan 20, 2015

Pentagon says classified data on U.S. F-35 jet fighter program remains secure

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Tuesday said
classified data about the $399 billion F-35 fighter jet program
remains secure, despite fresh documents released by NSA
whistleblower Edward Snowden last week which said China stole
“many terabytes” of data about the jet.

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 program office said the
latest documents released by the German magazine Der Spiegel
“rehashed” a previously disclosed and reported 2010 incident,
which it said compromised only non-classified data about the new
warplane being built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Jan 20, 2015

Northrop hires former Pentagon official to head strategy

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
, one of the biggest U.S. weapons makers, said on Tuesday
it hired Brett Lambert, a former top U.S. defense official and
expert on mergers and acquisitions, to oversee corporate
strategy.

Lambert’s hiring, effective Jan. 26, reflects growing
pressure on Northrop to boost revenues and could help the
company the navigate a future merger, said defense consultant
Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based
Lexington Institute.

Jan 17, 2015

India may seek other suppliers if U.S. will not sell drones: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India may buy unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, from other countries if the United States does not ease current export restrictions on such aircraft, a key Democratic senator said on Friday.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who will join President Barack Obama during a trip to India on Jan. 26, said he was concerned that other countries could rush in to sell India the equipment it desires if the United States drags its feet.

Jan 17, 2015

India may seek other suppliers if U.S. will not sell drones – U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India may buy unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, from other countries if the United States does not ease current export restrictions on such aircraft, a key Democratic senator said on Friday.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who will join President Barack Obama during a trip to India on Jan. 26, said he was concerned that other countries could rush in to sell India the equipment it desires if the United States drags its feet.

Jan 15, 2015

35 jet is said to be on track to meet US combat use targets

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet is on track both to meet the Marine
Corps’s July target to declare the jet ready for combat use and
to meet the Air Force’s target date a year later, top U.S.
military officials said Thursday.

The F-35 B-model, which can take off from shorter runways
and land like a helicopter, was making good progress and should
meet the Marine Corp’s target for initial combat use, Navy
Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters after a speech at the annual
conference of the Surface Navy Association.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Navy officials tout V-22 Osprey option for carrier delivery

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Purchasing V-22 Osprey
tiltrotor aircraft would have advantages over other options the
U.S. Navy is considering to replace the aging C-2A turboprop
planes that ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers,
officials said on Thursday.

A Jan. 5 memorandum signed by top Navy and Marine Corps
officials described plans to use the V-22, built by Boeing Co
and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopter unit, instead
of opting for a new plane, or upgrading the existing C-2As.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force takes aim at high weapons costs, slow procurement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Wednesday mapped out a series of initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of key weapons systems and getting them fielded sooner, saying that leaner budgets and growing threats made action imperative.

“We have to stop spending more and more to get less and less,” James told an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a nonprofit Washington think tank. “We are simply too slow in all that we do.”