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Jun 3, 2014

NSA chief says agency not collecting visual images of U.S. people

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency is not routinely collecting visual images of people in the United States or mining photographs taken for U.S. drivers’ licenses, the four-star U.S. Navy admiral who runs the spy agency said on Tuesday.

Admiral Mike Rogers, who heads the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, acknowledged that the agency used facial recognition technology but said the aim was to deepen its knowledge of foreign intelligence targets and counterterrorism targets. He gave no specifics.

Jun 3, 2014

Lockheed beats Raytheon to win U.S. ‘Space Fence’ contract

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
on Monday beat out Raytheon Co to win a $915 million
contract from the U.S. Air Force for a ground-based radar that
will track about 200,000 pieces of old satellites and other
objects in space.

The Pentagon announced the fixed-price contract for the new
“Space Fence,” which includes an incentive fee, late on Monday
in its daily digest of major contract awards.

May 29, 2014

U.S. Navy secretary defends new warship program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the embattled $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program on Wednesday and said the ability to reconfigure the ships to carry out different missions would help the Navy keep pace with rapidly changing technologies.

A Navy task force is reassessing the program after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed significant concerns about the survivability and firepower of the LCS ships, and ordered a pause in orders after 32 ships.

May 24, 2014

U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Defcon hacker event

DENVER, May 24 (Reuters) – U.S. officials are considering
using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese hackers from
attending the popular Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas, as
part of a broad effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior
administration official said on Saturday.

The official said the U.S. government could use such visa
restrictions and other measures to maintain pressure on China
after the United States this week charged five Chinese military
officers and accused them of hacking into U.S. nuclear, metal
and solar companies to steal trade secrets.

May 24, 2014

Commercial approaches spur change in U.S. military space business

, May 23 (Reuters) – The U.S.
government’s growing acceptance of commercial military
satellites is opening the $20 billion-a-year market to new
companies and forcing big arms makers such as Lockheed Martin
and Boeing to change how they operate.

U.S. officials are trying to boost security of U.S. military
and intelligence satellites, with an eye on risks from space
debris and the proliferation of space-faring countries that
could target U.S. satellites in a war.

May 22, 2014

Lockheed, Austal respond to U.S. Navy query on small warship ideas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 22 (Reuters) – Lockheed
Martin Corp and Australia’s Austal on Thursday
submitted their best ideas for the U.S. Navy’s next small
warship, as a Navy task force continues to reassess the future
of its $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

The Navy last month asked U.S. and foreign weapons makers to
submit cost and technical data on ship designs and weapons to
inform the work of a task force that is due to report on various
options by July 31, in time to help shape the Navy’s fiscal 2016
budget request.

May 22, 2014

US Air Force ‘not happy’ with delays on Lockheed GPS satellite

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 21 (Reuters) – A top U.S.
Air Force general on Wednesday said she was disappointed about
delays on the first Global Positioning System III satellite
being built by Lockheed Martin Corp, but believed the
company is taking steps to meet its commitments.

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Air
Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, said Lockheed was
exploring a range of options for the program, including
replacing Exelis Inc, the subcontractor that has run
into trouble with the satellite’s navigation payload.

May 21, 2014

Boeing sees strong continued commercial demand for satellites

, May 21 (Reuters) – Boeing Co
, the world’s No. 1 commercial satellite producer, says
strong demand in the commercial market will help its satellite
division weather a downturn in U.S. defense spending and should
continue to boost revenues in coming years.

Commercial revenues should account for about 40 percent of
its satellite business in five or six years, up from 30 percent
now, and just eight percent around 2006, Craig Cooning, vice
president and general manager of Boeing’s space and intelligence
systems business, told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday.

May 21, 2014

U.S. tests enhanced Aegis system, fires SM-3 missile onshore

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 21 (Reuters) – The United
States on Wednesday announced the first live-fire test of a
Raytheon Co SM-3 missile from the land-based version of
Lockheed Martin Corp’s Aegis missile defense system,
which will be operational in Romania next year.

Lockheed said it was the first test of the Aegis system
using a land-based missile launcher.

May 20, 2014

U.S. export control reforms starting to help U.S firms – official

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 20 (Reuters) – U.S. export
control reforms are helping U.S. companies sell more goods
overseas at a time when U.S. defense spending is declining, a
top U.S. Commerce Department official said.

Commerce Undersecretary Eric Hirschhorn told Reuters that
moving some items from the State Department’s tightly controlled
munitions list to the Commerce Department’s list of items that
could be more easily exported to allies was speeding up the
export process and helping U.S. companies.