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Jul 3, 2012

Maersk wins U.S. cargo deal worth up to $2.1 bln

WASHINGTON/COPENHAGEN, July 3 (Reuters) – Maersk Line, part
of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, has won a contract
worth up to $2.1 billion for shipping U.S. military cargo,
signalling defence officials have put a dispute about
overcharging behind them.

The U.S. Defense Department said it had chosen Maersk Line
for the contract out of 22 proposals received.

Jun 29, 2012

U.S. to ship helicopter-plane to Japan, delay flight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said Friday it would start shipping 24 hybrid aircraft to Japan next month but would not fly them until final results of crash investigations confirmed for Tokyo that the helicopter-plane is safe.

The Marine Corps’ MV-22 tilt-rotor troop transport’s troubled past has stirred safety concerns and protests on Okinawa, the southern Japanese island where the Pentagon intends to deploy it as part of a streamlined U.S. military presence.

Jun 28, 2012

NASA may revive canceled Southeast Asia climate study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday that it was leaving the door open to reviving a canceled plan for a major Southeast Asia climate study that may have run afoul of internal Thai politics.

No decision has been made “on whether NASA will be able to fly the mission next year or sometime in the future,” said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington.

Jun 27, 2012

U.S. downs target missile in high-stakes test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces using a new Raytheon Co interceptor missile downed another missile in a high-stakes test of systems built to thwart what experts say are advancing capabilities of countries like North Korea and Iran.

The mission off Hawaii late Tuesday was against a medium-range, separating ballistic missile, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said. The mock warhead separated from the target’s booster section, presenting what is supposed to be a more “threat-representative” attack scenario.

Jun 24, 2012

Lockheed, union in tentative pact to end strike

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp, the
Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier by sales, said it had reached a
tentative deal with a union that has been on strike for eight
weeks at a Fort Worth, Texas, assembly plant for its F-16 and
F-35 fighter aircraft.

A bargaining committee of the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers will recommend that union
members accept a revised labor contract offer at a ratification
vote this week, the company said in a statement early Sunday.

Jun 22, 2012

China telecom firms may be subsidized: U.S. lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two of China’s top telecommunications companies may be selling subsidized gear in the United States, and legislation could be proposed to deal with any related national-security threat, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.

The committee is investigating what some U.S. officials suspect are close ties between the Chinese government and each of the firms, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp.

Jun 21, 2012

U.S. expects record $60 billion in arms sales in 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. arms exports are headed for a record $60 billion this year, but in coming years will probably return to the recent norm of about half that sum, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Foreign military sales “likely will go to $60 billion” in fiscal 2012 ending September 30, said Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which brokers such government-to-government deals.

Jun 21, 2012

US expects record $60 bln in arms sales in 2012

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – U.S. arms exports are headed
for a record $60 billion this year, but in coming years will
probably return to the recent norm of about half that sum, a
senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Foreign military sales “likely will go to $60 billion” in
fiscal 2012 ending Sept. 30, said Richard Genaille, deputy
director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency,
which brokers such government-to-government deals.

Jun 14, 2012

U.S. lawmakers probe China telecoms for ties, contracts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are pressing two top Chinese technology companies to disclose their inner workings in a probe into security threats to U.S. telecommunications.

Closely held Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp were asked Tuesday by letter to document, among other things, their interactions with the Chinese Communist Party and advice given to them by five consultancies, including International Business Machines Corp, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). ZTE also was asked about its business in Iran.

May 29, 2012

Obama set to arm Italy’s drones in milestone move

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration appears set to notify the U.S. Congress of plans to arm a fleet of Italian MQ-9 Reaper drones, a step that may spur a wider spread of remotely piloted hunter-killer aircraft.

The administration could move ahead within two weeks on the proposal to let Italy join Britain in deploying U.S. drones with weapons such as laser-guided bombs and Hellfire missiles, American officials said.