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Bollinger Shipyards delivered to the Coast Guard the 25th 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, the USCGC Jacob Poroo, which will be the second FRC stationed in Pascagoula, Miss. The Poroo will be commissioned on Nov. 8. So far the Coast Guard has ordered 38 of the 58 FRCs it plans to buy. The Critical Infrastructure Research […]

Lockheed Martin's family of solutions—all now featuring common components—include four series of satellites from nanosatellites to powerful geostationary platforms. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Launches New Satellite Bus Family In Response To Customer Needs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Responding to customer demands for more affordable, flexible and responsive products, Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Tuesday introduced a new family of satellite busses with hundreds of common features able to carry payloads weighing from 22 pounds to more than 5,000 pounds for commercial, civil and military missions. The company invested $300 million over […]

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. Photo: Air Force

Readiness Of National Guard On Point, Chief Says

Amid overseas deployments and responding to natural disasters in the U.S. and its territories, the readiness of the National Guard is where it needs to be, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel said on Tuesday. “We are right where we are supposed to be in terms of what we’re built to go do,” Lengyel, who is […]

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ManTech To Acquire Federal IT Solutions Provider InfoZen

ManTech International [MANT] on Monday said it has agreed to acquire InfoZen for $180 million in cash in a deal that expands customer base with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information technology (IT) solutions. ManTech said it will fund the deal with cash on hand and from its existing credit line. The acquisition […]

Northrop Grumman Chairman, President and CEO Wes Bush. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Bush Touts Improved Affordability, Enhanced Competitiveness As Drivers In Orbital ATK Deal

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] proposed $7.8 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK [OA] will drive improved affordability for its customers, strengthen its competitiveness in a number of areas such as space and missile defense systems, and help spur innovation, Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman’s chairman, president and CEO, said Monday on an investor call. Bush said that the […]

FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services headquarters in Clarksburg, W. Va.

Learning From The Past, FBI Refreshing New Biometric Database As It Goes

Unlike its original electronic fingerprint database that went more than a decade without upgrades to its core fingerprint matching software, the FBI’s new multimodal biometric database is being enhanced along the way, taking advantage of the flexibility built into system, an agency official said last week. The FBI’s original Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), […]

L3 Doss' U.S. Air Force Initial Flight Training facility in Pueblo, Colo. Photo: L3

L3 Bolsters Flight Training Business With Doss Aviation Acquisition

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Sept. 14 said it acquired Doss Aviation, Inc., in a deal that bolts on the only supplier of initial flight training to Air Force pilots. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Colorado-based Doss has about 450 employees and L3 expects the new business unit to add about $50 million in […]