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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.

Jun 2, 2015

Sikorsky Aircraft cutting jobs, consolidating facilities

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of
United Technologies Corp, on Tuesday said it would cut
1,400 jobs and consolidate facilities, with lower oil prices
sharply reducing demand for helicopters in the oil and gas
sectors, and international military orders down.

Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson confirmed the job cuts, in
which workers and the company’s union were notified earlier
Tuesday, but said the move was not related to the parent
company’s ongoing review of strategic options for Sikorsky.

Jun 2, 2015

Sikorsky Aircraft cuts 1,400 jobs, consolidating facilities

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of
United Technologies Corp, on Tuesday said it would cut
1,400 jobs and consolidate facilities, citing sharp declines in
demand for helicopters in the oil and gas sectors, and soft
international sales.

Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson confirmed the job cuts, in
which workers and the company’s union were notified earlier
Tuesday.

Jun 2, 2015

Navy Secretary Mabus urges cuts in Pentagon ‘overhead’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday urged budget cutters to target what he called duplicative and ineffective agencies such as the Pentagon’s payment services arm instead of cutting needed weapons programs.

“If you want to look at real money, 20 percent of the Pentagon’s budget – one dollar out of every five – is spent on … the Office of the Secretary of Defense and defense agencies. Pure overhead,” Mabus said during a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank.

Jun 2, 2015

Lockheed F-35s get major role in U.S. military exercise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday.

The exercise, called “Green Flag West,” tests the U.S. military’s ability to engage in air-to-surface conflicts and helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready for combat.

Jun 2, 2015

(OFFICIAL)-Lockheed F-35s get major role in U.S. military exercise

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S.
military exercise this week for the first time, marking another
milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force
officials said Monday.

The exercise, called “Green Flag West,” tests the U.S.
military’s ability to engage in air-to-surface conflicts and
helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready
for combat.