Author Archives: Matthew Beinart

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State Department Okays $500 Million Patriot Support Deal With Saudi Arabia

The State Department has approved a possible $500 million deal with Saudi Arabia to provide continued support for the country’s Patriot missile defense systems. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Wednesday of the foreign military sale (FMS). Saudi Arabia has requested continued assistance and support for its Patriot Legacy Field Surveillance Program […]


Senate Advances Controversial Surveillance Bill To Final Vote

The Senate voted Tuesday to limit debate and advance a bill renewing a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) warrantless surveillance program for another six years. The procedural vote passed by a slim margin of 60 to 38, receiving votes across party lines to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The legislation offers […]


House Passes Bill Requiring State Department To Reopen Cyber Diplomacy Office

The House unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday to reopen a cyber diplomacy office at the State Department which was shuttered under Secretary Rex Tillerson’s department reorganization. The Cyber Diplomacy Act, sponsored by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), requires the department to establish an Ambassador for Cyberspace position to lead the office’s effort […]

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Booz Allen Hamilton Receives $165 Million Deal To Support Cyber Command

Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] has received a five-year, $165 million contract to provide support services to U.S. Cyber Command. Under the deal, Booz Allen will assist Cyber Command with planning and policy support, as well as training and command administrative assistance. “Today, the tools and technology needed to carry out a large-scale cyber-attack are getting […]

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Army Seeking Design Proposals For Future Virtual Warfare Operations Facility

Army officials will begin accepting proposals later this month to design a virtual warfare facility to be housed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The new Virtual Warfare Center Operations (VWC-N Ops) facility will be used as hub for military aircraft simulators, including for the F-15C, F-15-E and the AWACS. The cost of construction […]

Raytheon Awarded $1.5 Billion Deal For Additional Patriot Missile Defense Capabilities

Raytheon [RTN] is starting 2018 with a new deal worth more than $1.5 billion for additional missile defense capabilities from one member of the 14-nation group that owns a Patriot system. The company did not disclose what capabilities were purchased or which country currently owning a Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System awarded the contract. […]

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New TRADOC Guideline Sets Approach To Future Army Cyberspace Operations

Future Army cyber operations will require improved ownership of the electromagnetic spectrum and accelerated integration of cyber and electronic warfare (EW) operations to outpace peer adversaries’ technological advances, according to a new Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) document. The new cyber operations pamphlet, released Jan. 9, was commissioned by the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) […]

State Department Approves $62 Million Deal With Oman For F-16 Command and Control Software Upgrades

The State Department has approved a possible $62 million deal with Oman to support operational flight profile software upgrades for its F-16 fleet. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Jan. 5 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which also includes Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) command and control systems updates and Mode […]

State Department Approves $98.4 Million Missile And Torpedo Deal With Mexico

The State Department has approved a possible $98.4 million deal with Mexico for six RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface launched missiles, 23 Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and six MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Jan. 5 of the foreign military sale (FMS). […]