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GPS III satellite, Lockheed Martin image WASHINGTON: Reports citing dire threats to GPS resulting in severe economic loss should be considered with a large grain of salt, a new RAND study on the resiliency of US positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) infrastructure says. While the study’s scope does not cover DoD requirements for the Global …

WASHINGTON: Colonial Pipeline CEO and President Joseph Blount defended his company’s actions after it was hacked, saying it “was extremely transparent” in sharing information with the federal government. The acting director of DHS’s cyber arm, Brandon Wales, had told Congress that CISA was not getting the “technical information” it needed to share publicly about the Colonial …

SDA Data Transport Layer WASHINGTON: The Space Force will be the integrator for all joint space requirements — starting with a satellite backbone for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), service vice chief Lt. Gen. DT Thompson says. The Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) made the decision, Thompson told the MilSatCom symposium today. “They’ve …

Maj. Gen. Laurent Michon, 3rd French Division commander, center left, and Lt. Gen. Pat White, Fort Hood commanding general, center right, survey the “battlefield” during Warfighter 21-4. The U.S. Army’s III Corps trained for almost 10 days alongside the British 3rd Division and France’s 3rd Division in a rare senior allied command exercise in April. …

F-35 on Lockheed Martin production line WASHINGTON: Lockheed Martin is projecting about an 80 percent drop in its portion of the F-35’s costs per flying hour by 2031, company officials said today — arguing that overall costs could be even further reduced should DoD sign a company-proposed multi-year performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. “Our costs per flying …

The Space Force successfully launched the fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite on an Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, May 18. WASHINGTON: The Space Force plans to award contracts this year for early development of tech to underpin potential next-generation launch …

USS Dewey (DDG 105) fires an SM-2 missile. WASHINGTON: The chairman of the House seapower subcommittee, Rep. Joe Courtney, fired a shot across the bow of the White House shipbuilding budget, questioning its proposed cuts to surface warships. An even more prominent Democrat, Senate Armed Services chairman Jack Reed, signaled loud and clear he plans …

An Unmanned Surface Vessel navigates a set course at Camp Lejeune, July 2019. WASHINGTON: The Navy and Marine Corps are testing radically new ways of operating in the Pacific by sending experimental unmanned ships into an ambitious exercise next week. Underpinning that exercise is an ambitious new plan for island-hopping that demands a fast implementation …

GM Defense has brought forward capabilities from its commercial operations for the Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle. There is a need to update the U.S. defense military mobility fleet to support increasingly complex missions, bring advanced technologies to the battlefield and support evolving warfighter requirements. From the arduous defense procurement processes to a limited industrial base, …

Raytheon’s T-6 trainer is used by the Air Force and Navy for basic pilot training. WASHINGTON: CAE’s acquisition of L3Harris’s Military Training unit continues the Canadian firm’s efforts to expand and broaden its US defense portfolio, especially with the Air Force, say company officials and industry analysts. “CAE will be a very good parent, hungry …