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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 […]

Northrop Grumman Wins DC3’s Cyber Challenge, Again

For the second straight year, a team of Northrop Grumman [NOC] engineers has won the “grand champion” title in the Defense Cyber Crime Center’s (DC3) annual Digital Forensics Challenge, the company said on Dec. 9. In addition to earning grand champion, Northrop Grumman said its team also took first prize in the United States and commercial categories. […]

DoD Should Reexamine Intelligence Community Spending, Former Air Force Chief Says

The Defense Department should reexamine its return on investment with its intelligence agency spending before it slashes spending from critical accounts, according to a former Air Force chief of staff. Retired Air Force general and 18th chief of staff Michael Moseley said not only does DoD spend a large amount of money on the intelligence […]

G/ATOR Finishes 18 Months Of Operational Testing, Nears Milestone C Decision

The Marine Corps has finished the operational assessment of its Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar and is moving toward a Milestone C decision in the next couple months to send the product into low-rate initial production. Program manager Lee Bond said the past 18 months of testing proved the system could fit seamlessly into the Marine Corps’ […]

BAE Systems To Cut 135 From York, Pa. Workforce

BAE Systems yesterday said its York Pa., site will reduce its workforce by approximately 135 people over the next three months. Bradley Fighting Vehicle Photo: BAE Systems Nearly one third of the reductions are due to current programs ending, with the remaining employees impacted as part of rate reductions within the Bradley industrial base, the […]

DEFENSE WATCH

Not Done Yet. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says that he will seek re-election next year, after he has remained mum on the topic all fall, according to media reports. The six-term senator made the announcement one day before his 76th birthday. Between his age and the Tea Party opposition he faces in Mississippi, many were […]

Northrop Grumman Begins Production On NATO Global Hawk

The first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft, configured to meet NATO operational requirements, has started down the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Moss Point, Miss., Unmanned Systems Center.  NATO representatives, state dignitaries, community leaders and Northrop Grumman employees gathered Dec. 3 to celebrate the start of production for the first […]

South Korea Moves Closer To Buying Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighters

The South Korean government has revised the requirements for its next fighter jet and suggested that it will likely buy the stealth-capable Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35.  Numerous recent media reports out of Seoul said the Defense Ministry’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced plans to purchase 40 aircraft and added stealth technology to the equation in making a […]

Three U.K. Companies Partner To Bid On Mastiff FoV Support

Morgan Advanced Materials, Ricardo, and Ultra Electronics, all U.K. based and owned companies, have partnered to bid for the continued support and upgrade of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound fleet of Protected Patrol Vehicles (PPV). Morgan will lead the group and is bidding as prime contractor. The Mastiff and Ridgeback vehicles were manufactured by General […]

RAF Begins Training On Puma Mk2 After Multi-Million Upgrade

The U.K. Ministry of Defense and Defense Equipment and Support on Nov. 26 said the Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun training on the Puma Mk2 helicopter after an approximately $421 million upgrade. The ministry said the upgrade, conducted by EADS unit Eurocopter, includes new engines which give them 35 percent more power and improved fuel efficiency […]