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May 24, 2012

Lockheed uses temporary workers at striking Texas plant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the Pentagon’s top supplier by sales, began using temporary workers on Thursday in place of striking employees at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to help meet scheduled deliveries of F-16 and F-35 fighter jets.

Fewer than 10 temporary workers, hired through a contractor, were brought in to supplement the “contingency work force” that includes managers, said Lockheed spokesman Joe Stout. Another 50 to 60 temporary workers will be added on Tuesday, and the company will bring in more as needed, Stout said in an email.

May 15, 2012

Top Republican opposes caps to U.S. missile shield

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican in the Senate urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to refrain from giving Russia and China any assurances about possible limits to U.S. missile defenses, days before a NATO summit in Chicago.

The Obama administration should make no pledge that would pre-empt a U.S.-led shield capable of thwarting any missile “that might be launched at us,” not just an accidental launch or one from a nation like Iran or North Korea, Senator Jon Kyl said in an interview with Reuters.

May 14, 2012

8,000 contractors said eligible for U.S. cyber guard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Up to 8,000 companies doing business with the Pentagon may be qualified to join a newly expanded U.S. effort to guard sensitive information on private networks, a senior Defense Department official said Monday.

The Pentagon on Friday invited all of its eligible contractors to join the voluntary pact aimed at fighting what U.S. officials have described as growing cyber threats that allegedly originate, above all, in Russia and China.

May 11, 2012

Pentagon to tighten contractors’ cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department
invited all of its eligible contractors on Friday to join a
previously restricted information-sharing pact aimed at guarding
sensitive Pentagon program data stored on private computer
networks.

Greater sharing with the so-called defense industrial base
was a key step to coping with widespread cyber threats to U.S.
national security, said Ashton Carter, deputy defense secretary,
in a statement.

May 10, 2012

U.S. downs test missile with new interceptor

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. forces said they had
destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy’s
newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from
attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on
Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3
interceptor, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.

May 10, 2012

U.S. hits test missile with Raytheon interceptor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces destroyed a target missile near Hawaii late on Wednesday in the first successful test of a new Raytheon Co interceptor, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said.

The advanced Standard Missile-3 interceptor was designed to play a central role in the next phase of an anti-missile shield being built by the United States to guard NATO allies.

May 9, 2012

U.S. plans 10-month warship deployment to Singapore

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first of a new class of U.S. coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment, the Navy said on Wednesday, spotlighting a move that may stir China’s fears of U.S. involvement in South China Sea disputes.

Deployment of the shallow-draft ship “Freedom” will help refine crew rotations, logistics and maintenance processes to maximize the class’s value to U.S. combat commanders, Rear Admiral Thomas Rowden, the Navy’s director of surface warfare, told reporters.

Apr 27, 2012

US bomb-complex search urged over Huawei, ZTE fear

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – A congressional panel has
approved a measure designed to search and clear the U.S.
nuclear-weapons complex of technology produced by Chinese
telecommunications companies that have been accused of working
closely with China’s government and military.

If passed into law, the measure adopted Thursday could be a
fresh blow to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp
in their efforts to overcome national-security
concerns that have stymied them in the lucrative U.S. market.

Apr 27, 2012

China’s space know-how said threat to US, Taiwan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s growing capabilities in space could undercut any U.S. military response if Beijing resorted to force to bring self-ruled Taiwan into its fold, a study released Friday by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission said.

China’s military is rapidly boosting its space programs to advance Communist Party interests “and defend against perceived challenges to sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the 84-page report by the Project 2049 Institute, a research group on Asia-Pacific security issues.

Apr 26, 2012

U.S. lawmakers to NATO: pay up for missile defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional panel demanded on Thursday that European allies foot more of the bill for a multibillion-dollar shield being built to guard NATO members from missiles that might some day be able to carry nuclear warheads, notably from Iran.

The House of Representatives’ Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee voted to hold back 25 percent of funds authorized for certain shield expenses until the NATO allies spell out their contributions.