Author Archives: Matthew Beinart

Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile. Photo: Raytheon.

State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan

The State Department has approved a possible $133.3 million deal with Japan for four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Tuesday of the foreign military sale (FMS). “If concluded, this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States by enhancing […]


House Considering Legislation To Reauthorize Warrantless Foreign Surveillance Authority

The House is considering legislation this week to re-authorize an intelligence community (IC) surveillance law that allows for the warrantless collection of foreign suspects’ communications outside of U.S. borders. Lawmakers will vote Thursday to potentially extend an amended version of Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act for another six years, which includes provisions […]

Harpoon missile

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 Friday of the foreign military sale (FMS). “Mexico […]

An F-16V. (Lockheed Martin photo)

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 Friday of the foreign military sale (FMS), which also includes Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) command and control systems updates and Mode 5 […]

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Banking, Retail Associations Seek Legislation To Clarify Data Breach Reporting Standards

Following massive consumer data breaches in 2017, such as the November Equifax [EFX] hack, banking and retail associations are urging Congress to pursue legislation to standardize cyber attack response protocols. In a Thursday letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Chairman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), […]

Turkey Awards Three Companies Deal To Develop Future Missile Defense System

Turkey has awarded three companies, including France and Italy’s Eurosam, an 18-month contract to study future designs for a joint long range air and missile defense system. The deal was signed during a meeting Jan. 5 in Paris between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron. Turkish defense contracting companies Aselsan and […]

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Booz Allen Report: Industry Needs Improved Cyber Resiliency To Deter 2018 Ransomware, Supply Chain Attacks

Industry information systems will need improved resiliency capabilities to withstand new cyber and ransomware attacks in 2018 centered around indirect supply chain threats, third-party software vulnerabilities and extortion attempts, according to a new report from Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH]. In their annual cyber threat analysis report, released Thursday, Booz’s Cyber4Sight division predicts hackers and nation-state […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

DoD Seeking University-Industry Partnerships For New Research Program

The Department of Defense has launched a new pilot program aimed at funding academia-industry research partnerships to meet technological challenges related to power beaming, highly‐maneuverable UAVs, soft active composites and metamaterial-based antennas. The new Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI), announced Wednesday, will provide $6 million in funding to four programs of university and industry partners […]