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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 […]

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 […]

Boeing Tests Validate FAB-T Performance, Company Says

Boeing’s [BA] Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system, according to a company statement.  Boeing said its tests verified operational capabilities required for the ground and airborne terminal types specified in the Air Force FAB-T development contract. FAB-T command […]

Troubles Air Force Business IT System DEAMS Is Healthy, Fanning Says

A troubled Air Force business information technology (IT) system critical for getting the service on the path to auditability is now “doing pretty well,” the Air Force’s top civilian said on Nov. 18. The Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System (DEAMS), identified in fiscal year 2012 as $2 billion over its original cost estimate and […]

Industry Supports DoD On Need For New Cyber Safeguards But Implementation Cloudy, AIA Official Says

The defense industry agrees with the Pentagon’s mandate for new cyber security measures aimed at protecting sensitive technical information but the path forward is unclear and industry has more questions than answers, an official with a major industry association told Defense Daily on Nov. 25.  The new information security regulations, issued last week, call for defense firms, […]