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Oct 2, 2014

U.S. Air Force seeks to apply satellite savings lessons to other programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force hopes to translate its recent successes in driving down the cost of huge satellite programs to a range of other weapons, including Lockheed Martin Corp’s C-130J transport plane, a top official told Reuters.

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, who won praise for reversing years of cost increases on big satellite programs in her previous role, hopes to apply those lessons to other programs after she took over in June as the service’s top military acquisition official.

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. Air Force to recommend plan for alternative to Russian rocket engines

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force expects
to make recommendations in early November on how to end U.S.
reliance on Russian rocket engines for launching key U.S.
military and spy satellites, a senior Air Force general told
Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

The Air Force is evaluating a range of options ranging from
seeking a replacement engine to use of different rocket and will
develop an acquisition strategy.

Sep 30, 2014

Pentagon upbeat on U.S.-India bid to deepen defense ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Pentagon official said on Tuesday he had “high expectations” for a joint U.S.-Indian effort to deepen defense ties, but it could take a while to reach agreement on specific weapons to develop or produce together.

“Prime Minister Modi is very aware of the initiative. His staff is clearly motivated at every level to make it a success and move forward,” Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, told Reuters after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Sep 30, 2014

Interview – Pentagon upbeat on U.S.-India bid to deepen defence ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Pentagon official said on Tuesday he had “high expectations” for a joint U.S.-Indian effort to deepen defence ties, but it could take a while to reach agreement on specific weapons to develop or produce together.

“Prime Minister Modi is very aware of the initiative. His staff is clearly motivated at every level to make it a success and move forward,” Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, told Reuters after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Sep 30, 2014

Boeing to shift most defense work out of Washington state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday said it would move the majority of its defense services and support work out of Washington state to other U.S. cities, affecting the jobs of about 2,000 of its 5,200 defense employees in the Puget Sound region.

The changes, first reported by Reuters earlier Monday, are part of ongoing efforts by Boeing to streamline its defense business, and will not affect its P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs. Both of those programs are based on commercial jetliners made in the area.

Sep 29, 2014

Exelis says better balanced after spinoff of services business

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Exelis Inc on Monday
said the spinoff of its lower-margin government services
business into a separate company, Vectrus Inc, would
leave it with a more balanced portfolio.

Dave Melcher, chief executive of Exelis, told Reuters he
expected the company’s revenues to be at least flat in 2015
despite a projected 4 percent drop in the base U.S. defense
budget, but “a little growth” was possible.

Sep 29, 2014

Boeing to shift some defense work out of Washington state: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to announce further streamlining of its defense business on Tuesday, moving significant portions of its defense operations out of Washington state, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The consolidation would focus on defense support services and would not affect Boeing’s P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs, the sources said. Both programs are built on commercial jetliners made in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

Sep 28, 2014

U.S. lawmakers urge congressional action to back Obama’s Syria war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Sunday stepped up calls for congressional authorization of President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, amid signs the United States and its allies face a long and difficult fight.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s “This Week” that he believed Obama had the legal authority for strikes against Islamic State, but would call lawmakers back from their districts if Obama sought a resolution backing the action.

Sep 26, 2014

Exclusive: Lockheed to buy European satellite for South Korea in F-35 deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it will buy a European-built military communications satellite for South Korea as part of a $7 billion deal to supply Seoul with 40 F-35 fighter jets, in what industry observers call among the most unusual “offset” agreements ever to accompany a major arms sale.

Lockheed, which builds its own satellites, declined to detail the cost of the new satellite or name its manufacturer, but said the spacecraft would provide a “state-of-the-art” system that met South Korea’s military requirements.

Sep 25, 2014

India eyes Sikorsky helicopter, other big U.S. arms buys

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – In a boost to U.S. weapons
makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military
spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-70B
Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1
billion.

The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the
United States by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that
starts on Friday.