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Jun 1, 2015

US Air Force eyes next-gen electronic warfare, not Boeing jets

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Monday
said it aims to meet electronic warfare needs using
next-generation aircraft such as Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter and a new long-range bomber, rather than older
planes like Boeing Co’s EA-18G Growler.

Air Combat Command Commander General Herbert Carlisle said
the F-35 offered “some pretty impressive” electronic warfare
capabilities – consisting of jamming enemy signals to make it
easier for warplanes to bomb targets on the ground and other
offensive actions – though he gave no details.

May 29, 2015

Pentagon eyes three-year block buy of F-35s from fiscal 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said Friday it would talk to U.S. lawmakers about approving a three-year block buy of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets beginning in fiscal 2018 that would include U.S. purchases and international buyers.

U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters via teleconference from Oslo, Norway, that such a deal would not constitute a formal “multi-year buy,” but would still require congressional approval.

May 27, 2015

Tests show Lockheed’s F-35B ‘right at home at sea,’ U.S. Marines say

ABOARD THE USS WASP (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks of testing of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35B fighter jet on an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said this week, marking another step toward the jet’s readiness for initial combat use by the Marine Corps.

Six F-35 B-model jets, which can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter, completed 98 separate flights, logging 73.1 flight hours, on the USS Wasp from May 18 to May 26, said Marine Corps spokesman Major Paul Greenberg.

May 27, 2015

Tests show Lockheed’s F-35B ‘right at home at sea,’ U.S. Marines say

ABOARD THE USS WASP, May 27 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks of
testing of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35B fighter jet on
an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane
can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said
this week, marking another step toward the jet’s readiness for
initial combat use by the Marine Corps.

Six F-35 B-model jets, which can take off from shorter
runways and land like a helicopter, completed 98 separate
flights, logging 73.1 flight hours, on the USS Wasp from May 18
to May 26, said Marine Corps spokesman Major Paul Greenberg.

May 26, 2015

U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security launches

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday
said it has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S.
military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United
Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp
and Boeing Co, since its creation in 2006.

The decision follows two years of discussions and reviews by
the U.S. Air Force and Space Exploration Technologies, known as
SpaceX, and means the company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk,
can compete for national security launches with its Falcon 9
rocket.

May 26, 2015

DigitalGlobe, Saab venture sees big returns from 3-D model of world

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – U.S. satellite imagery
provider DigitalGlobe Inc and Sweden’s Saab AB
on Tuesday announced a new joint venture aimed at
building an accurate 3-D model of the earth and capturing
billions of dollars in new business.

Tony Frazier, senior vice president at DigitalGlobe, said
the two companies had been working together for two years, but
were now creating a separate U.S.-based venture, Vricon Inc, to
accelerate the work and team up on distribution.

May 22, 2015

Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

By Andrea Shalal

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Reuters) – Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA’s director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he calls a “seismic shift” in the agency’s culture to help it better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the U.S. government.

May 22, 2015

U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

, May 22 (Reuters) – Much about the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S.
spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more
than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website
to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA’s director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he
calls a “seismic shift” in the agency’s culture to help it
better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and
other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the
U.S. government.

May 22, 2015

Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California.

Raytheon Co, Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion.

May 21, 2015

U.S. Air Force eyes ways to avert delays in more F-35 capabilities

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is
concerned that a squadron of F-35 fighter jets scheduled for
combat in August 2016 will face delays in getting some
capabilities that are expected to be delivered in a 2018
software package, a two-star Air Force general said Thursday.

Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, who oversees the F-35
program for the Air Force, said he would meet with officials
from Lockheed Martin Corp and the Pentagon’s F-35
program office in several weeks to discuss ways to mitigate
against any delays.