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The Navy test flying UCAS, the precursor to UCLASS. Photo: U.S. Navy

More Interoperability Needed In Unmanned Systems, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon’s rapid development and deployment of unmanned systems over the last decade has resulted in too many which are incapable of interacting with other platforms or external systems, an outcome that must be changed going forward, the Pentagon said in a recently released report. “The urgent needs in theater and corresponding rapid acquisition approach […]

Passage Of NDAA Questionable, Could Stop CVN-78 Construction

A new compromise defense bill appears poised to pass the House this week but could stall in the Senate again next week, threatening the Defense Department’s ability to pay its troops combat pay and putting at risk the Navy’s aircraft carrier program, which would have to stop work next year without a cost cap increase […]

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson

Lockheed Martin To Take $175 Million Charge In New Round Of Job Cuts

Faced with continuing federal spending cuts, defense contract Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday said it plans to cut 4,000 jobs by mid-2015, an action that will result in a pre-tax charge of $175 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company also said the workforce reductions combined with plans to consolidate several of its facilities […]

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Lawmakers: Shutdown More Harmful To Military Than Sequestration, Summer Furloughs

As damaging has sequestration has been to the military, with its arbitrary cuts causing backlogs of maintenance, administrative work and more, the government’s shutdown could prove more damaging if it is not ended soon, House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) said. Courtney said Oct. 2 that he had been in touch with […]

An MH-60 Romeo flying near the USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

Prime Contractors Believe They Can Limit Near-Term Impact of Shutdown

Defense contractors say it is hard to determine this early on how their programs will be affected by the ongoing government shutdown, but they seem to believe they can continue working as planned throughout the shutdown, building ships, aircraft and weapons systems for the military. Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] spokeswoman Beci Brenton said the company […]

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Aegis BMDS, THAAD Successful In Complex MDA Flight Test

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed Flight Test Operational-01 (FTO-01) on Sept. 9, proving the Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense could work together to intercept two medium range ballistic missile targets, MDA said yesterday.  The test at the Army’s Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein […]