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

Pentagon Exploring Plan To Lock Countries In On F-35 Buys

The Pentagon is exploring the idea of getting countries to commit to the number of F-35s they plan to purchase by offering cost incentives as a way to keep prices stable for the United States and other nations lined up to buy the fifth-generation fighter jet, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said Thursday. Frank Kendall, […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Vice Chief Says Missile Defense In Asia-Pacific Could Expand

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, said Wednesday persistent North Korean provocations could lead to an expansion of missile defenses in the Asia-Pacific region and that the United States, Japan and South Korea must continuously cooperate to address the threat. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their […]

Air Force B-2 (left), F-22.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

DEFENSE WATCH

Air Force Secretary Confirmed. Deborah Lee James was confirmed as the next secretary of the Air Force in a 79-6 Senate vote Friday morning, after her nomination was one of about a dozen caught in a battle in the Senate. Democrats changed the rules before Thanksgiving in a controversial move that had been threatened many […]

Defense Authorization Bill Passes House with Overwhelming Majority

A new defense authorization bill that reflected both House and Senate bill language from earlier in the year passed the House of Representatives Thursday evening in an overwhelming 350-69 vote. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces much tougher opposition due to the mechanism in which it will be passed, not the […]

Northrop Grumman President of Electronic Systems Gloria Flach and company Vice President of Defense Systems Michael Twyman discuss the future of C4ISR capabilities yesterday in Washington. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman Exploring New C4ISR Capabilities

Northrop Grumman [NOC] believes rapidly growing the capabilities of its electronics in a way that lowers the overall cost of ownership will well-position it in among future C4ISR capabilities, according to a company executive. Northrop Grumman Vice President of Advanced Concepts and Technologies Pat Antkowiak said to rapidly grow capabilities and lower overall cost of […]

General Dynamics, Colt Canada Offer Rifle-Centric Soldier System

General Dynamics Canada [GD] and Colt Canada on Dec. 9 said they are working together to network Colt’s Sniper (Soldier) Weapon & Observer Reconnaissance Devices (SWORD) system, which integrates weapon-mounted surveillance and targeting devices with rugged smartphone-like technology. The SWORD system brings critical situational-awareness information directly to the solider via his weapon; it will be offered as […]

NIST Planning Roadmap To Accompany Cybersecurity Framework

Keeping in mind a dynamic and changing cyber threat landscape, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to have an accompanying roadmap to the forthcoming Cybersecurity Framework as a guide to future action, according to a NIST official who has been a key participant in managing the coordination of the framework. The roadmap […]

Federal Agencies Embracing Use Of Open Source Software Code

Federal agencies that previously relied on expensive, built-to-order software are now following a growing trend to embrace open source code. “Every company in the top 100 government providers uses open source in their products: all of them,” said Scott Montgomery, McAfee [MFE] chief technology officer for the public sector. “Open” source code means that the human-readable code […]

Air Force Decommissions CHIRP

Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSMC) decommissioned the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) Dec. 6, according to a service statement. The CHIRP sensor, designed and built by Leidos [LDOS] (formerly SAIC), was successfully launched Sept. 21, 2011, as a hosted payload on an SES commercial communications satellite built by Orbital Sciences [ORB]. CHRIP was designed for a one-year […]