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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 […]

Rockwell Collins Completes Sale Of Kaiser Optical

Rockwell Collins [COL] on Nov. 29 said it has completed the sale of its optical systems business, Kaiser Optical Systems, to Switzerland’s Endress+Hauser. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rockwell Collins shed the optical systems business to focus on its growth opportunities in its addressed markets. Kaiser Optical Systems was acquired by Rockwell Collins in 2000 […]

Cyber Insurance Maturing But Gaps Remain For Intellectual Property

With litigation on the rise, the range of coverage options for cyber insurance has expanded. Yet experts believe a gap remains for covering intellectual property (IP) loss or theft. "If you lose some of that IP, it could have massive ramifications. Right now we’re not at the point of being able to get that type […]

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 […]