Archive: International

Senate Likely To Consider Iraq War Funding Again

By Jen DiMascio As Congress returned this week to continue debating funding for the war, the Senate majority leader said a vote on war funding was likely during the next three weeks. Democrats in that chamber appeared yesterday to be willing to consider concessions to provide funding for the war. Before the Thanksgiving break, the […]

Raytheon Launches Initiative To Capture International ISR Business Opportunities

By Michael Sirak Raytheon [RTN] has launched an initiative called Global Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (GO ISR) to leverage the company’s expertise and provide tailored information-gathering systems and integrated sensor-platform solutions in the near term to customers in the emerging, multibillion-dollar international ISR market, according to a senior company official. "We have been doing a […]

Bush Demands Congress Pass DOD Funds; Democrats Issue Sharp Response

Congress is dawdling in providing funds needed to finance the Department of Defense (DOD) for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and military officials have run out of moves to stave off a fiscal crunch by shuffling money among accounts, President Bush told journalists in the Pentagon media briefing room. "No more money can be […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Cleared For Launch at 4:31 p.m. ET Thursday

European Laboratory Columbus To Be Added To Space Station Space Shuttle Atlantis is cleared for liftoff at 4:31 p.m. ET Thursday from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the STS-122 Mission to the International Space Station (ISS), after a flight readiness review in which no major issues were raised, top NASA officials said. […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Movement Possible. A House leadership aide confirmed the House is likely to appoint conferees this week for the defense authorization bill. Conferees from the House and Senate are expected to meet shortly after to sign off on the defense authorization bill. Most of the […]

General Urges Protection Of Space Assets Against ASATs

Kehler Also Urges Replacing Aged Satellites The United States must establish a system for protecting space assets, including military satellites that play an increasingly critical role in U.S. defense operations worldwide, Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said. In assessing the future for the air service, it is clear that the […]

iRobot’s New Multimission Warrior

By Ann Roosevelt iRobot [IRBT] is developing a new multimission modular robot called Warrior that can pull more of its weight in the soldier’s world and is expected to be ready in 2008. Helen Greiner, iRobot co-founder and chairman of the board, said Warrior can relieve soldiers of much of their burden–such as packs–because they […]

Large Number Of Aegis Ships Would Be Needed To Shield Europe: Admiral

It would take a large number of U.S. Navy Aegis weapons system ships to shield Europe against enemy missiles from the Middle East, if the United States attempted to use the sea-based system to guard Europe instead of the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system proposed for the Czech Republic and Poland. That was the […]

New Polish Defense Minister Unsure Whether To Back European BMD System

A newly-installed Polish defense minister has voiced uncertainty as to whether Poland should host a proposed segment of the Ground-base Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system in Europe, The Washington Post reported, quoting a Polish newspaper. The European BMD system, with an advanced radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptors in silos in Poland, would […]

USAFE: Russian Bomber Flights Off European Coast Raise Safety Concerns

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–The recent resurgence of flights by Russian Tupelov Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack long-range bomber aircraft in international airspace off the coasts of NATO countries, while not viewed as threatening, does raise safety concerns, since the Russians have not been following accepted international protocols, senior Air Force generals said here. The Russians, […]