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Hill Democrats Blast Trump Move To Halt Military Exercises With South Korea

Several key congressional Democrats criticized President Donald Trump June 12 for announcing an end to joint military exercises with South Korea after his high-profile meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Sen. Patrick Leahy […]

State OKs India Apache, Weapons Buy Worth Nearly $1 Billion

The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for India to buy nearly $1 million worth of Boeing [BA]  AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and associated weapons, sensors, mission systems and simulators. Under a $930 million direct commercial sales agreement announced June 12, Boeing is approved to sell India six Apaches, according to the Defense Security […]

Thales official demonstrates the company's new private defense cloud solution. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Thales Launches First Private Defense Cloud Solution For Land Forces

PARIS–France’s Thales launched the first private defense cloud solution for land forces on Monday, which aims to deliver full connectivity in degraded battlefield environments and is expected to be delivered in 2019. Thales’ unveiled its Nexium Defence Cloud solution at the Eurosatory conference in Paris, where it demonstrated the system’s software-enabled, “all-in-one-box” capability that can […]

Christopher Pyne, Australia's minister for defence industry, (middle) joins Rheinmetall for launch of the Automated Load Handling System. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Rheinmetall Launches Australian Defense Industry Partnership With Automated Truck Loading System

PARIS–Germany’s Rheinmetall launched its first product Monday out of a new partnership with the Australian defense industry, showcasing its first automated loading system for military trucks. Rheinmetall officials at the Eurosatory conference here presented the Automated Load Handling System (ALHS), made by Australia’s Supashock for the German manufacturer’s HX 8×8 truck, which is designed to […]

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NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM Plan To Help Allies With Cyber Security Training

The U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and Southern Commands (SOUTHCOM) plan to help allied partners in the Western Hemisphere with their cyber security posture through a new training services contract, according to a government notice. The Air Force on June 8 issued a Sources Sought notice for the NORTHCOM Western Hemispheric Cybersecurity Training Environment as part […]

Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

SOUTHCOM Head Pushes Area As AI Testbed, Dealing With Russia/China Competition

The head of Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is advocating his forces as a place to test new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning while separately dealing with increasing military sales competition from Russian and China. SOUTHCOM does not often get much attention in defense strategy or budgets, but commander Adm. Kurt Tidd is arguing […]

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French Services Firm Capgemini To Acquire Leidos’ Commercial Cyber Business

France’s Capgemini on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire the commercial cyber security services business from Leidos [LDOS], which will continue to provide cyber solutions to its government customers. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close later this year, were not disclosed. Capgemini, which provides professional and consulting services, said the pending […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

Pratt Awarded $2 Billion Mod For F-35 Engine Equipment

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Untied Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] Pratt & Whitney a $2 billion modification for engine equipment to support F-35 low-rate initiation production Lot 11 aircraft, the Defense Department said on Thursday. This modification adds funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems. It […]

The UK's Royal Air Force recently launched its first small satellite, Carbonite-2. (Credit: SSTL-Beaucroft-Photography)

UK Nears Completion Of First Defense Space Strategy

The United Kingdom is drafting its first defense space strategy and intends to unveil it this summer, citing growing threats to its space operations. The strategy, which Gavin Williamson, the UK’s defense secretary, recently announced at the first-ever UK defense space conference in London, “will set out plans to protect UK operations against emerging space-based […]