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Staying Interoperable. Operations in Afghanistan for the past 12 years have helped American and Canadian forces become as interoperable as they’ve ever been, both with their equipment and their personnel, Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson says at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. “The challenge is to […]

White House Releases New National Space Transportation Policy

The White House released a new National Space Transportation Policy, much of which is consistent with the last policy released in 2004. Goals of the policy include promoting and maintaining a healthy domestic space transportation industrial base, encouraging and facilitating the United States’ commercial space transportation industry, conducting and promoting technology research and development activities and fostering […]

Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman $219 Million For Joint Threat Emitter Follow-On Work

The Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] $219 million for the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) follow-on production program, according to a company statement. The contract includes a $44 million initial award that includes foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia, according to a Defense Department statement. Under the terms of the program, Northrop Grumman will produce, test […]

GPS III Successfully Communicates With Simulators For Existing GPS Satellites

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] prototype for the Air Force’s next generation of GPS proved that it will be able to communicate with the existing GPS satellite constellation, the company said on Nov. 21. GPS III showed that it was “backward-compatible”–a term used to describe technology that can communicate with transmissions from older models. GPS III is […]

Air Force Launches ORS-3 STPSat-3 Satellites

The Air Force on Nov. 19 successfully launched its Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) and Space Test Program (STP) satellites from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia, according to a service statement.  The satellites were carried aboard an Orbital Sciences [ORB] Minotaur I launch vehicle with STPSat-3 launched along with numerous CubeSats as part of the ORS-3 […]

MBDA Delivers First Export MPCVs In Surface To Air Configuration

MBDA on Nov. 19 said it completed the integration and factory acceptance test of the first Multi-Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) vehicles designed to operate the Mistral surface to air missile.  Built for export, these vehicles represent the first production batch. In the next few days, they will be shipped for delivery to the customer country before […]

U.K. Ministry Of Defense Invests $56 Million To Sustain RAF Brimstone Missiles

A $56.4 million U.K. contract with MBDA in Britain will guarantee the supply of the Brimstone missile stockpile for the next five years, the Ministry of Defense said.  The air-to-ground missiles provide capability for pilots who can engage moving and static targets both day and night with a small warhead and precision guidance, using Brimstone significantly reduces […]

McAfee Finds Steady Rise In Android Malware

A McAfee [MFE] report released on Nov. 20 charts a steady increase in malware attacking Google’s [GOOG] Android operating system. After an unusual spike in 2012, new Android malware is again on the rise. Between the second and third quarters of 2013, Android malware grew by one-third, bringing the company’s total number of known samples to 680,000.  The findings come as federal agencies are increasingly […]

First Navy Ships With CANES Underway

The Navy and Northrop Grumman [NOC] have completed installation of the new tactical afloat network on a ship and work continues on more than 10 other surface vessels to field the new system, the service and contractor said on Nov. 25. The USS McCampbell (DDG-85), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, became the first ship to sail with the Consolidated Afloat Networks […]

Trust, Information Sharing Top Priorities For New DHS Cyber Official

Building trust with the private sector and improving information sharing are top priorities for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new chief cybersecurity official.  DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Phyllis Schneck said on Nov. 25 the federal government needs to start sharing information in better ways before it finds […]