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Boeing Working With SparkCognition On Unmanned Traffic Management Solutions

Boeing [BA] on Tuesday said it is working with a small company it invested in last year to provide traffic management solutions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Boeing said it and SparkCognition will apply artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to the unmanned air traffic management system, which will track flights and create flight corridors. The […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

In Collective Cyber Defense, Manfra Wants Public And Private Sectors Working From Same Playbooks

ARLINGTON, Va.–As the Department of Homeland Security looks to strengthen a collective defense approach to cyber security between government and industry, it is working with the private sector to help develop a mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in preparing for and responding to incidents and events, according to a department […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Targets $80 Million Price Tag For F-35 By LRIP 14

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW–Lockheed Martin [LMT] has reached a “handshake” agreement on the low-rate initial product lot 11 (LRIP 11) contract for the F-35, according to a program update provided by a company executive on Monday at the Farnborough International Air Show. The company will not confirm specifics of the new deal until the agreement is […]

Boeing received a $986 million award from the U.S. Air Force for services for the C-17. Photo: Air Force.

Boeing Tallies $2.1 Billion In Services Orders At Farnborough

Boeing [BA] on Monday said its Global Services segment racked up $2.1 billion in potential new orders and agreements from commercial and government customers worldwide, including a nearly $1 billion deal with the U.S. Air Force for training services for the C-17 transport aircraft. All in all, government orders and agreements are worth up to […]

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Defense Watch: Intel Bill; MDR Update; Boeing Charge

House Intel Bill. The House on Thursday passed its Intelligence Community authorization bill for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by a 363-54 vote. The legislation funds national security programs to bolster counterterrorism and cyber security efforts. Specifically, the bill provides increased pay for cyber-skilled employees to retain high-level personnel. Lawmakers also included provisions for the […]

L3 To Acquire Two Information Security Firms Based Outside U.S.

L3 Technologies [LLL] on July 11 said it has agreed to acquire two companies that it said will strengthen its cyber defense capabilities, particularly for intelligence and classified missions. L3 said it will pay $200 million for the companies, which will be combined as L3 Trenchant, and that the deals include a $32 million earn out […]

Chris Kubasik, chairman, president and CEO of L3 Technologies. Photo: L3

L3 To Acquire Two Information Security Firms Based Outside U.S.

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire two companies that it said will strengthen its cyber defense capabilities, particularly for intelligence and classified missions. L3 said it will pay $200 million for the companies, which will be combined as L3 Trenchant, and that the deals include a $32 million earn out […]

CACI International sells its SkyTracker Counter UAS solutions for detecting, tracking and mitigating potential drone threats. Graphic: CACI International

DoD Counter UAS Efforts Creating Framework For Homeland Applications, FAA Official Says

Work done by the Defense Department to thwart potential threats posed by remotely piloted aircraft to its facilities in the U.S. is laying the “foundation” for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to rollout similar capabilities in the homeland once they’ve been granted authorities to do, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]