WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ashton Carter, a veteran Washington insider President Barack Obama is expected to name as his new defense secretary, built a reputation as a behind-the-scenes team player during many years in senior Pentagon posts.
But scrutiny of the 60-year-old former physicist’s views on issues ranging from North Korea to Iraq to defense spending also show an independent thinker whose opinions have not always aligned fully with those of the president.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mandatory engine inspections are now required every 13 hours for Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jets, a significant easing of the three-hour requirement imposed after an engine failure in June temporarily grounded the entire fleet, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday.
U.S. Rear Admiral Randy Mahr, the Pentagon’s F-35 deputy program manager, said that all of the F-35 jets used for testing were now flying the required “full envelope” of speed and other flight maneuvers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief executive of shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries on Monday said he was optimistic U.S. lawmakers would eventually ease budget caps on U.S. military spending that are dampening investment in longer-term weapons research.
“Cooler heads have a way of prevailing on something like this,” Mike Petters told Reuters in an interview at the company’s offices near Washington’s Navy Yard.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation will not derail a major Pentagon technology initiative unveiled this month and should not delay a decision on how to improve a new class of smaller warships, U.S. defence officials said.
The officials said the Pentagon remains committed to the Defense Innovation Initiative, an effort to identify and develop new weapons to ensure continued U.S. military dominance that was announced by Hagel at a defence forum in California on Nov. 15.
PALMDALE Calif. (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects to reach an agreement next year with a launch customer for a giant new hybrid airship that would revolutionize the way oil and mining companies haul equipment to the Arctic and other remote areas without roads.
The initial version of the airship, filled mostly with helium, would carry 20 tons of cargo, but could easily be scaled to roughly the size of a football field with 500 tons of capacity, Robert Boyd, an engineer with Lockheed’s Skunk Works R&D house, told Reuters in a rare media visit to the sprawling facility some 60 miles from Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Air Force official on Wednesday said she is “pretty optimistic” that privately held Space Exploration Technologies will eventually be certified to launch U.S. military satellites into orbit but declined comment on the timing of such an action.
The Air Force is working closely with the company, also known as SpaceX, to satisfy a series of requirements that would allow it to compete to launch costly and sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites.
EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) – Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies.
Boeing, the Pentagon’s No. 2 supplier and the world’s largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected.
EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) – Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said.
Craig Cooning, named four months ago to head the Boeing division that includes satellites and missile defense, told Reuters in an interview on Monday that he was working out a new approach to the system with Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Admiral James Syring.
, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Short of funds, and
awash in global challenges, the U.S. military-industrial
complex is betting on robotics and other new technologies to
stay ahead of rapid advances in weapons development by China,
Russia and other potential foes.
But with budgets already under pressure and deeper cuts
looming in fiscal 2016, it remains uncertain if the Pentagon can
win support in Congress to speed up the acquisition process and
turn the new technologies into game-changing weapons.
SIMI VALLEY Calif. (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, warning that the Pentagon’s technological edge is eroding, announced an ambitious effort on
Saturday to identify and develop weapons systems to enable continued U.S. military dominance in the 21st century.