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British Army taps Lockheed to upgrade air-defense command system

LONDON – The British Army is upgrading its existing command-and-control, battlespace-management capabilities in a deal with Lockheed Martin UK that the contractor originally declined to bid on. The company announced it had secured the contract Jan. 26, saying that the work would enable the early-air-defense-warning system’s out-of-service date to be extended several years to 2029.

US, NATO deliver counteroffers to Russia on defusing Ukraine war prospects

WASHINGTON – U.S. and NATO officials have separately delivered new sets of proposals to the Russian government for sorting out security concerns in Europe, while rejecting Russia’s demand that the alliance forever close its door to Ukraine. The diplomatic overture is the latest in a dramatic standoff that has summoned the kind of war clouds

Defense Innovation Unit highlights 2021 technology transition efforts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense’s innovation hub transitioned eight new technologies last year, including an artificial intelligence tool the Missile Defense Agency can use to develop more accurate models of hypersonic missile trajectories. The Defense Innovation Unit’s 2021 annual report, released Wednesday, highlights its technology transition rate — a key performance measure for

Federal Trade Commission alleges Lockheed had tried to limit competition before Aerojet deal

WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is raising new accusations Lockheed Martin tried to block competition even before its proposed acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne, according to a complaint filed this week. The 22-page document, filed in federal court, spells out the details of the government’s antitrust concerns about the proposed $4.4 billion deal between

KC-46 vision system problems lead to $402 million charge for Boeing

WASHINGTON — Boeing reported a nearly 14% drop in its defense business sales in the most recent quarter, driven partly by a $402 million charge on the KC-46A Pegasus tanker program. In earnings released Wednesday, Boeing reported nearly $5.9 billion in defense sales in the last quarter of 2021, a drop from $6.8 billion in

Marine Corps’ new CH-53K finally makes it to the fleet

The Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, based Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 became the Corps’ first CH-53K King Stallion squadron on Monday as the Corps moves forward with its new heavy lift helicopter. The CH-53K King Stallion, with a maximum external lift of 36,000 pounds and the ability to transport 27,000 pounds

Pentagon reveals info on $200M military aid to Ukraine, including more Javelins

WASHINGTON ― The Pentagon on Tuesday provided more details about the $200 million military aid package for Ukraine approved by President Joe Biden in December. “This package includes additional Javelin and other anti-armor systems, grenade launchers, munitions, and nonlethal equipment essential to Ukraine’s front-line defenders,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Anton Semelroth, a Pentagon spokesman.

1/26/2022 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

Access National Security News HERE. Access Korean News HERE. National Security News Content: 1. Deterrence Message to Moscow2. Beyond War and Peace: The PLA’s “Non-War Military Activities” Concept3. Philippines’ Marcos Eyes Deal With China to Resolve Sea Row4. Pressing Questions: Offensive Cyber Operations and NATO Strategy5. ‘My only regret is not doing more’ — Why

Navy, Marines would cut flying hours, cancel weapon purchases under full-year CR

WASHINGTON — If Congress can’t reach a budget deal, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will make “dramatic changes” to absorb the loss of billions of dollars from their 2022 plans, the Navy’s top budget officer said Tuesday. The federal government has been operating under a series of continuing resolutions since the fiscal year began

Oshkosh unveils hybrid electric Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

WASHINGTON — Oshkosh Defense on Tuesday unveiled a silent drive hybrid electric version of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle it has fielded to the U.S. military and other customers. “We developed the JLTV to offer our military customers an affordable way to electrify a light tactical wheeled vehicle fleet without compromising performance or protection,” John

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