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U.S. bolsters Asia links with an eye on China's rise

The United States aims to expand its involvement in East Asia amid concerns that China may use its growing military clout to coerce its neighbors or move against Taiwan, officials told Congress on Wednesday. The renewed concerns voiced by Obama administration and U.S. military officials included cyber-attacks originating in China and came as Google threatens to quit China over censorship and hacking, heightening Sino-U.S. frictions. President Barack Obama's administration, which has sought to partner with China in tackling global issues, has also angered Beijing by clearing arms sales to Taiwan and by slapping tariffs on Chinese tires and steel products.   Full Story   Reuters_ 1/12/10

North Korea declares all-out push for nuclear weapons

North Korea has declared it will weaponise all its plutonium stocks and threatened military action against the United States and its allies after the UN security council imposed new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for last month's underground nuclear test. A spokesman for the country's foreign ministry today acknowledged for the first time that North Korea is developing a uranium enrichment programme and said it would be "impossible" to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The warning came a few hours after the security council unanimously passed a resolution banning all weapons exports from North Korea and the import of all but small arms. The unusual unanimous resolution reflected the extent of anger within the Chinese government over last month's nuclear test. Normally it is difficult for the US, Britain and France to persuade China, and to a lesser extent Russia, to take a tough line against North Korea.    Full Story   Guardian_ 6/13/09

North Korea tests nuclear weapon; World leaders condemn action, prepare emergency meeting

World leaders condemned North Korea for carrying out nuclear and missile tests and U.S. President Barack Obama said Pyongyang's actions were a reckless challenge warranting action from the international community. As nations prepared for emergency U.N. Security Council talks on Monday, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana branded the test a "flagrant violation" of a Council resolution which required "a firm response." China, Russia, France and Britain -- which with the United States are the permanent Council members -- expressed alarm at the hermit state's test that Moscow said was as powerful as the U.S. atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki in World War Two. South Korea called an emergency cabinet meeting.   Full Story   Reuters_ 5/25/09

North Korea quits nuclear talks, vows to resume nuclear program

North Korea on Tuesday announced that it was walking out on six-party talks to end its nuclear program, and vowed to resume operating its nuclear facilities. The decision comes a day after the 15-member United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea's April 5 rocket launch, which critics argue was a long-range missile test. According to North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, the decision to abandon international talks is a response to the UN Security Council statement, released on Monday, which was deemed insulting to the North Korean people.   Full Story   Christian Science Monitor_ 4/14/09

U.N. in emergency session over North Korea rocket launch

North Korea fired a long-range rocket on Sunday, provoking international outrage and sending the U.N. Security Council into an emergency meeting on how to react to Pyongyang's defiance. The reclusive communist state said a satellite was launched into orbit and was circling the Earth transmitting revolutionary songs. The United States and South Korea, which called the launch a violation of U.N. resolutions, said the Taepodong-2 rocket failed to enter orbit. Analysts said the launch was effectively a test of a ballistic missile designed to carry a warhead as far as the U.S. state of Alaska.   Full Story   Reuters_ 4/5/09

Russia building anti-satellite weapons
Russia is working on anti-satellite weapons to match technologies developed by other nations and will speed up modernization of its nuclear forces, a deputy defense minister was quoted as saying Thursday.  FULL STORY_AP 3/6/09

Iran has materials to make nuclear bomb, top U.S. official says

The nation's top military officer said Sunday that Iran has enough nuclear material to make a bomb, but Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tehran was not close to building a weapon. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN's "State of the Union" program that he believed Iran had enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. A recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran had built up its supplies of enriched uranium to slightly more than a ton, about 33% more than Tehran had previously stated it had stockpiled. It takes about a ton of enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb.   Full Story   Los Angeles Times_ 3/1/09

Iran launches its first satellite into orbit

Iran's first successful satellite launch was greeted with official celebration in Tehran on Tuesday but with alarm in the West, where it stoked concerns about the Islamic Republic's increased mastery of missile technology that could be used for military purposes. Iran said the two-stage-rocket launch was meant for peaceful scientific purposes. But officials in Washington, long concerned about Iran's nuclear program and regional ambitions, warned that its entry into the Space Age was an ominous development. Full Story  Los Angeles Times_ 2/4/09

Brazil signs arms deal with France

Brazil and France signed a defense agreement on Tuesday worth more than $12 billion that will give Brazil technology to develop its arms industry and build a nuclear-powered submarine, the two governments said. Under the accord, signed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will buy 50 EC-725 Super Cougar helicopters from France, and the two countries will jointly develop a nuclear submarine and four diesel submarines. Brazil is increasing military spending as part of a new defense strategy that emphasizes protecting the Amazon and newly discovered deep-water oil fields.   Full Story   New York Times_ 12/24/08

Higher-tech Predators targeting Pakistan

As part of an escalating offensive against extremist targets in Pakistan, the United States is deploying Predator aircraft equipped with sophisticated new surveillance systems that were instrumental in crippling the insurgency in Iraq, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials. American officials requested that details of the new technology not be disclosed out of concern that doing so might enable militants to evade U.S. detection. But officials said the previously unacknowledged devices have become a powerful part of the American arsenal, allowing the tracking of human targets even when they are inside buildings or otherwise hidden from Predator surveillance cameras. The Predator, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, is 27 feet long, has a 49-foot wingspan and can hover above a target for hours.   Full Story   Los Angeles Times_ 9/12/08 (logon required)

North Korea destroys nuclear plant cooling tower to demonstrate commitment to ending nuclear weapons program

Destruction of the 60 foot cooling tower at Yongbyon, North Korea's main nuclear power plant, bore witness to the incremental progress that has been made in U.S.-led multilateral efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programs. But some experts in South Korea said the demolition, although dramatic, did not answer key questions, such as how many weapons North Korea has built or whether it has exported its nuclear technology to countries like Syria. On Thursday, North Korea submitted its first significant — although partial — account of its arms programs. Almost simultaneously, President George W. Bush announced that Washington was removing North Korea from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, and issued a proclamation lifting some sanctions under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The Yongbyon complex, built around a Soviet-era nuclear reactor, is the North's only known source of plutonium. North Korea had started disabling the reactor and other parts of the complex last year under an agreement with the United States, South Korea, Japan, Russia and China.   Full Story  International Herald Tribune_ 6/27/08

Pakistani may have delivered advanced nuclear designs; Evidence suggests Iran, North Korea might possess plans

The Bush administration and Western governments are voicing renewed fears that advanced nuclear-weapon designs may have been provided to Iran and North Korea through the smuggling network run by Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. These fears have been stoked by evidence obtained by Swiss authorities who are prosecuting three European members of Mr. Khan's network in Bern, Western diplomats said. In 2003, the U.S. and allied governments broke up Mr. Khan's smuggling network, which had delivered centrifuge equipment for uranium-enrichment work to Tehran and Pyongyang and Chinese-based nuclear-weapons designs to Libya.  Full Story   Wall Street Journal_ 6/16/06 (logon required)

U.S. Air Force to China: our geeks can beat up your geeks

In a recent interview in Foreign Policy, former US cybersecurity czar Richard Clark discussed the US military's forthcoming Air Force Cyber Command and the nation's overall security picture in the global, networked knowledge economy. Clark's concern is not that we'll have an earth-shaking, stupor-dispelling Internet version of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, but that we won't. Instead, Clark fears that a steady, silent bleed of public- and private-sector secrets will weaken the US military and economy. "What is happening every day is quite devastating, even though it doesn’t have a kinetic impact and there are no body bags," Clark told Foreign Policy. "What's happening every day is that all of our information is being stolen. So, we pay billions of dollars for research and development, both in the government and the private sector, for engineering, for pharmaceuticals, for bioengineering, genetic stuff—all sorts of proprietary, valuable information that is the result of spending a lot of money on R&D—and all that information gets stolen for one one-thousandth of the cost that it took to develop it." Clark blames most of the damage on attacks by the Chinese government, but he's also concerned about the potential of non-governmental actors—mainly terrorists and organized crime—to wage cyber-warfare on a level that matches or exceeds that of governments like the US and China. In response to these threats, the US Air Force will soon launch its Air Force Cyber Command (AFCYBER), yet another explicit recognition that the US now sees our national and international communications infrastructure as a theater of war, and that the country is serious about developing the capacity to mount a credible offense in it.  Full Story  ars technica_ 4/5/08

China's computer hacking worries Pentagon

China in the last year has developed ways to infiltrate and manipulate computer networks around the world in what U.S. defense officials conclude is a new and potentially dangerous military capability, according to a Pentagon report issued Monday. Computer network intrusions at the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, think tanks and government contractors last year "appeared to originate" in China, according to the report. In addition, computer intrusions in Germany, apparently by Chinese hackers, occur daily, along with infiltrations in France and Britain, the Pentagon said. Last year, British intelligence officials alerted financial institutions across the country that they were targets of "state-sponsored computer network exploitation" from China. The Pentagon report does not directly accuse the Chinese military or government of the attacks but says the incidents are consistent with recent military thinking in that country. U.S. military officials believe that Chinese cyber-warfare advances, coupled with China's increasing skill at neutralizing information-transmitting satellites and other capabilities, is part of a military objective of crippling potential foes, even those that may be militarily superior such as the United States, in the event of an international crisis or confrontation. The report, an annual assessment of China, also says Beijing has continued to develop a sophisticated missile program and appears focused on warding off any U.S. intrusion in the area around Taiwan.  Full Story Los Angeles Times_ 3/4/08 (logon required)

Northrop-Airbus team wins U.S. aerial tanker deal

In a stunning upset that could reshape the nation's aerospace industry, Northrop Grumman Corp. and European partner Airbus were tapped Friday for a $40-billion Pentagon contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force. Century City, California-based Northrop upset rival Boeing Co. in a surprising win that analysts said could alter the companies' fortunes and erode the Pentagon's long-standing policy of buying weapons systems made by U.S. companies. The award, likely to be the nation's last big Pentagon purchase for at least a decade, will have enormous economic consequences. It will create thousands of jobs around Mobile, Ala., which will become the site of a Northrop production facility, as well as in Southern California. "The decision means billions of taxpayer dollars will be used to create and sustain jobs in foreign countries, rather than here in the U.S.," said Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a major union at Boeing. The contract, initially worth $40 billion, could grow to $100 billion with follow-on orders; the Air Force is considering acquiring more than 400 tankers over the next four decades.  Full Story  Los Angeles Times_ 3/1/08 (logon required)

Iran testing advanced centrifuge, diplomats say

Iran is testing an advanced centrifuge designed to more swiftly produce enriched uranium in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions ordering it to stop, diplomats confirmed Thursday. The centrifuges are still in the early testing stages, and are not being used to enrich nuclear material, said diplomats familiar with information from the International Atomic Energy Agency. David Albright, a nuclear expert and former U.N. inspector said it did not change the estimate of his organization, the Institute for Science and International Security, that the earliest Iran could have a nuclear weapon is by the end of 2009. U.S. intelligence agencies in December issued an assessment saying they had concluded that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. The intelligence agencies said Iran ended covert efforts to produce highly enriched uranium suitable for use in a bomb, but made it clear that it could resume its efforts at any time. Enriched uranium can be used to generate electricity or to produce material for a bomb, depending on the degree of enrichment. Iran insists that it has the right to develop nuclear technology for civilian use, and has rejected the U.N. Security Council's calls to halt enrichment and the IAEA's requests to allow closer inspections. The IAEA says that Iran must rebuild confidence after keeping its nuclear program secret for nearly 20 years and buying black market technology. The centrifuge seems to be based on a P2 design obtained illicitly in 1995 from the network of rogue Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.  Full Story  Los Angeles Times_ 2/8/08 (logon required)

Iran launches rocket to commemorate new space center

Iran fired a research rocket into space on Monday to mark the opening of its space center, a move that was immediately condemned by the United States. Iran’s state news media reported that a rocket for research purposes was fired from a newly built space center in the deserts of Semnan Province, southeast of Tehran, the capital. The rocket, called Kavoshgar-1, meaning Researcher-1, was fired in preparation for the planned launching in June of Iran’s first domestically made satellite, the semiofficial Fars News Agency said. The United States criticized Iran’s action. Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said the launching “is just another troubling development, in that the kinds of technologies and capabilities that are needed in order to launch a space vehicle for orbit are the same kinds of capabilities and technologies that one would employ for long-range ballistic missiles."  Full Story  New York Times_ 2/5/08 (logon required)

Pakistan calls nuke program security 'foolproof'

Pakistan's nuclear program has "foolproof" and "second to none" security, the head of the program insisted today, calling doubts about the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal "inaccurate" and "based on a lack of understanding." Retired Lt. Gen. Khalid Kidwai, the director-general of Pakistan's Strategic Plans Division, did acknowledge that as militants have increased their attacks in the last six months "the state of alert has gone up," but insisted there were no specific threats to the nuclear program. His assertions come as politicians in the United States and the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog have questioned the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons. Mohammed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat that he feared "nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of extremist groups in Pakistan or Afghanistan." In the last year militants based along the volatile border with Afghanistan have launched a string of assaults aimed mostly at the military and the police, but also politicians and civilians. That has fueled fears that the militants may have their eyes on a larger goal: nuclear sabotage.  Full Story  ABC News_ 1/26/08

North Korea misses nuclear deadline

Under a deal reached in February 2007, the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-il had agreed to do two things by December 31: disable its Yongbyon reactor site, and provide a full declaration of all its nuclear activities. But the year ended with work still incomplete at Yongbyon - and stony silence from Pyongyang. North Korea has evidently decided to sacrifice the ageing Yongbyon facilities - a cause of concern for almost 20 years - now that they have done their job and given Kim the bomb, as seen in October 2006's small nuclear test. The current delay seems mainly technical. To extract and remove some 8,000 fuel rods at this decrepit facility simply could not be done safely by year-end. However, there are now hints that recently Pyongyang has slowed the process due to reported dissatisfaction with what it is - or is not - getting by way of rewards for its co-operation. This puzzles the other five nations involved in the six-party process - China, the US, South Korea, Japan and Russia. Most have sent heavy fuel oil and other energy aid, as an agreed quid pro quo. Only Tokyo refuses, as it still demands a full account of the fate of Japanese abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. Pyongyang regards that issue as closed, and relations are at rock bottom. North Korea also wants to come off the US State Department's list of countries accused of supporting terrorism, and an end to long-standing US sanctions.  Full Story  BBC News_ 1/1/08

North Korea to disable nuclear complex

A U.S. team, including technical experts, will head to North Korea next week after the communist country agreed to begin disabling its nuclear weapons facilities, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said Wednesday. Hill's remarks came shortly after the Bush administration said Pyongyang had agreed to disable its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon -- where plutonium is produced -- by the end of this year in a deal forged by the so-called six-party talks in Beijing. By "disable," Hill said, the agreement means making it difficult to restart a nuclear program by sealing the facility and removing certain components that would not be easy to replace. The goal in the next phase, the assistant secretary of state said, is complete dismantlement, but that could take as long as five years.  Full Story  CNN_ 10/4/07

U.S. Air Force pilot helped clear the fog of war

Greg Harbin saw a way to streamline airstrikes. The solution -- and his cause -- was the Rover, a device that would one day save his life. Over four years, Harbin took a niche technology, spread it throughout the military -- and helped change how the Air Force fights wars. The Rover, or the Remote Operations Video Enhanced Receiver, was born in 2002, shortly after the Afghanistan war began. It's a combination video receiver and laptop computer.   Full Story   Los Angeles Times_ 9/13/07 (logon required)

Iran reaches nuclear goal

Iran has reached its long-sought goal of running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium for its nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Sunday in a report on state media. The U.N. Security Council had threatened a third round of sanctions against the country if it did not freeze the uranium enrichment program -- which Iran maintains is for peaceful energy purposes, but the U.S. says is to hide a weapons program. "The West thought the Iranian nation would give in after just a resolution, but now we have taken another step in the nuclear progress and launched more than 3,000 centrifuge machines, installing a new cascade every week," the state television Web site quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.  Full Story AP/CNN_ 9/3/07

North Korea agrees to nuclear deadline

North Korea agreed to disclose all of its nuclear activities and disable its nuclear programs by the end of the year, a senior U.S. official said Sunday after negotiations this weekend in Geneva. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill said details of North Korea's agreement would be worked out later this month in meetings sponsored by China and involving Russia, Japan and South Korea, in addition to the United States and North Korea. Hill said it was the first time North Korea had agreed to a timeline to end its nuclear programs. In separate remarks, the head of the North Korean delegation, Kim Gye Gwan, said his country had agreed to declare and dismantle its nuclear facilities, but he did not mention a deadline.  Full Story  Washington Post_ 9/2/07

North Korea shuts down nuclear reactor, allows UN inspectors

North Korea shut down the Yongbyon nuclear reactor and allowed international nuclear inspectors to return to the communist nation, U.S. officials said. United Nations inspectors will be able to verify that the plant is shut down, ending production of plutonium for nuclear weapons, in coming days, White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said today on the ``Fox News Sunday'' program in Washington. Representatives of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency were expelled from North Korea in 2002. Since then, North Korea has extracted plutonium from Yongbyon's spent fuel rods and on Oct. 9 tested a nuclear device, prompting the UN Security Council to impose sanctions. The Yongbyon shutdown may ease tensions with the U.S. before a July 18 meeting in Beijing of negotiators for six- nation talks aimed at North Korea's nuclear disarmament. In February, North Korea agreed with the U.S., South Korea, Russia, China and Japan to close Yongbyon in return for energy aid.  Full Story Bloomberg_ 7/15/07

Iran will allow inspection of heavy water reactor

Iran has agreed to allow United Nations nuclear inspectors to inspect a heavy water reactor, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday. The IAEA said the inspection will take place before the end of July, after Iran had banned inspectors earlier this year. In a further sign of compromise, the IAEA said the country also agreed to answer questions about past experiments that the international community fears could be linked to a weapons program. Any Iranian decision to cooperate with the agency could weaken a push by the United States and Western allies on the council to impose new U.N. sanctions - even if Iran continues to defy the council's main demand that it freeze uranium enrichment. Years of Iranian stonewalling have left the IAEA unable to determine the truth about the country's claims that it has no nuclear weapons ambitions, and that its atomic activities are meant strictly to generate power. Iran's refusal to cooperate was the trigger that prompted U.N. Security Council involvement last year and led to two sets of sanctions.  Full Story  NPR_ 7/13/07

Iran producing its own nuclear centrifuges: report

Iran is producing centrifuges for refining uranium domestically, a senior adviser to the country's supreme leader said on Tuesday, limiting the impact of United Nations sanctions on its contested nuclear program. Iran has surprised monitors familiar with its nuclear research program by launching around 2,000 centrifuges since February, the majority enriching uranium in linked networks. Centrifuges are used to make fuel for power plants, which is what Iran insists is its goal. But they can also be used to enrich uranium to a far higher level to make bomb material. The deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Olli Heinonen, goes to Tehran on Wednesday to test Tehran's promise of an "action plan" to answer long-standing questions about its nuclear ambitions.  Full Story  Reuters_ 7/10/07

Atomic agency concludes Iran is stepping up nuclear work

Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency’s top officials. The findings may change the calculus of diplomacy in Europe and in Washington, which aimed to force a suspension of Iran’s enrichment activities in large part to prevent it from learning how to produce weapons-grade material. In a short-notice inspection of Iran’s operations in the main nuclear facility at Natanz on Sunday, conducted in advance of a report to the United Nations Security Council due early next week, the inspectors found that Iranian engineers were already using roughly 1,300 centrifuges and were producing fuel suitable for nuclear reactors, according to diplomats and nuclear experts. “We believe they pretty much have the knowledge about how to enrich,” said Mohammed ElBaradei, the director general of the energy agency, who clashed with the Bush administration four years ago when he declared that there was no evidence that Iraq had resumed its nuclear program. “From now on, it is simply a question of perfecting that knowledge. People will not like to hear it, but that’s a fact." The material produced so far would have to undergo further enrichment before it could be transformed into bomb-grade material. To accomplish that, Iran would likely first have to evict the I.A.E.A. inspectors, as North Korea did four years ago.  Full Story  New York Times_ 5/14/07 (logon required)

General Dynamics receives $28 million contract to provide Ku-band satellite on-the-move antenna system to U.S. Army

Under the World Wide Satellite Services contract, General Dynamics will provide a single Warrior Model 20-20 Satcom-on-the-Move™ (SOTM) antenna system for verification and testing, with additional purchases to follow successful tests. The total potential value of the award if all options are exercised is $28 million over three years. The General Dynamics-designed and -manufactured equipment transmits and receives data at speeds up to 1.54 Mbps in Ku-band, giving unit commanders robust satellite communications in moving vehicles, providing unequaled mobile access to a broad spectrum of information services including video, data and imagery. The terminals track satellites very accurately using a combination of integral satellite-beacon receivers, gyro stabilization and inertial measurement units. The contract was awarded through PM Warfighter Information Network-Tactical under the contracting authority of the Communications and Electronics Command, Ft. Monmouth, N.J. The SOTM antenna system will be installed on High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), Bradley Fighting Vehicles or Stryker Infantry Combat Vehicles.  Full Story  News Release_ 4/3/07

U.S. orders review into vulnerabilty of military satellites

The Air Force's top general has ordered a wide-ranging review of the vulnerabilities of U.S. military satellites — one that could lead to the lifting of restrictions on using force against another country's space capabilities — because of continuing alarm over a successful Chinese missile test. The review, ordered last month by Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, comes amid concern over the Chinese government's failure to explain why it destroyed one of its own weather satellites in January. That test created a large debris field that continues to expand in low-Earth orbit. China's secrecy has led to concerns that Beijing is attempting to perfect a wide array of anti-satellite weapons, including jammers for navigation and communications satellites, and possibly the deployment of small "space mines" that could disable U.S. military satellites in the event of a conflict. The U.S. and Russia have demonstrated the ability to knock down satellites, but neither has done so since tests they conducted during the Cold War. Although there are treaties that govern weapons in space, many standards about harming another country's satellites are based on international norms rather than law.   Full Story  Los Angeles Times_ 4/22/07 (logon required)

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies to supply German Armed Forces with strategic and tactical antennas and radio support equipment

ND SatCom Defense GmbH of Friedrichshafen, Germany selected General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies to supply the equipment to the German Armed Forces SATCOMBw Step 2 Program. The total value of the contract if all options are exercised through 2014 is approximately $30 million. SATCOMBw Step 2 will create a complete satellite communications infrastructure under the control of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The program comprises a fleet of geosynchronous satellites, tactical (mobile) satellite communications terminals, strategic communications ground stations, a network control system and the expansion of existing satellite anchor stations. The system is scheduled to be implemented incrementally this year with full operation expected in 2009.   Full Story   News Release_ 3/1/07

U.S. military shows off new heat-beaming ray gun

The military calls its new weapon an "active denial system," but that’s an understatement. It’s a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people more than 500 yards away feel as though they are about to catch fire. Apart from causing that terrifying sensation, the technology is supposed to be harmless — a nonlethal way to get enemies to drop their weapons. The weapon is not expected to go into production until at least 2010, but all branches of the military have expressed interest in it, officials said. The system uses millimeter waves that can penetrate only 1 /64 th of an inch of skin, just enough to cause discomfort. The waves cannot go through walls or glass but can penetrate most clothing, officials said.   Full Story  AP/Columbus Dispatch_ 1/25/07

General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies receives $15.5 million order from Marines for satellite communications terminals

The terminals will be used in the U.S. Marine Corps' Support Wide Area Network (SWAN) program to provide deployed warfighters with robust, beyond-line-of-sight communications for video, multimedia, data, imagery and other information. SATCOM Technologies' award, issued through the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Lifecycle Management Command, Ft. Monmouth, N.J., is part of a four-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total potential value of $160 million if all options are exercised. Under terms of the order, the U.S. Marine Corps will receive Warrior 120 (1.2-Meter) and Warrior 180 (1.8-Meter) flyaway terminals and 2.4-Meter trailer-mounted terminals for quick-setup tactical communications. "Reliable, easy-to-deploy communications products are vital to supporting tactical missions," said Gary Kanipe, vice president of SATCOM Technologies for General Dynamics. "General Dynamics is the original equipment manufacturer for the VertexRSI antennas and electronic products that comprise these terminals, ensuring a high-quality, reliable, on-the-move communications solution for customers." The Marine's SWAN program is acquiring this equipment through the World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract, which is intended to provide communications systems that are capable of overcoming existing and projected bandwidth constraints for Department of Defense transformation programs worldwide. WWSS is available to support all federal communications missions, including disaster relief and homeland security efforts.   Full Story  News Release_ 1/23/07

China's anti-satellite test widely criticized, u.S. says no new treaties needed

Standing by the new space policy the White House issued last year, a U.S. State Department official said China’s Jan. 11 test of an anti-satellite weapon in space is not cause to open negotiations on a new treaty that would place limits on what countries can do in space. The official said the space policy clearly states that the United States will oppose the development of new legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S. access to, or use of, space and that no change in that policy is warranted. Gordon Johndroe, the National Security Council’s (NSC) chief spokesman, said in a statement provided by an NSC press official Jan. 18 that the Chinese used a ground-based, medium-range ballistic missile to knock out an aging Chinese weather satellite orbiting the Earth at an altitude of about 537 miles (865 kilometers). The State Department official said U.S. Defense Support Program missile warning satellites and “other assets” detected the launch of a ballistic missile and an event that generated debris. The State Department official also said the United States received no advance notice from the Chinese. A U.S. intelligence official told Space News Jan. 19 the Chinese had conducted two previous tests that were unsuccessful, but declined to provide any additional details. A Senate aide said the Jan. 11 test was the first one that was successful. The aide also said weather satellite was under control but dying. Early details of the event were first reported Jan. 17 in a blog written by Jeffrey Lewis, executive director of Harvard’s Managing the Atom Project, on the Web site armscontrolwonk.com and in a story posted Jan. 18 on the Web site aviationnow.com. Lewis said one positive result of the Chinese action could be a call for improved debris field modeling. Reaction was almost universally critical of the Chinese actions.  Full Story  Space.com 1/19/07

Northrop Gruman delivers satellite antennas for detecting nuclear blasts

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered all V-Sensor deployable antenna assemblies that will be used to detect nuclear blasts as an adjunct payload on the Global Positioning Satellite 2F program. The company's Astro Aerospace unit completed manufacturing and testing this summer of six qualification units and 18 flight units of its V-Sensor deployable antenna assemblies and recently delivered them to its customer, Los Alamos National Laboratory. About the size of a pack of cigarettes, these STEM antennas deploy to a length of almost seven feet. They permit detection of electromagnetic pulses as part of nuclear arms control. These antenna assemblies will be integrated on the next generation of GPS satellites by prime contractor The Boeing Company.  Full Story  Testandmeasurement.com_ 11/8/06

Defiant North Korea conducts nuclear test

North Korea said it conducted an underground nuclear test on Monday, defying a warning from the U.N. Security Council and opening its crippled economy to the risk of fresh sanctions. South Korea put its troops on heightened alert after the announcement, which came just minutes before Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe landed in Seoul for a visit. The move could heighten regional tension and deal a fresh foreign policy blow to
President Bush ahead of mid-term elections. The White House branded the act "provocative" and said it expected the U.N. Security Council to take immediate actions.  Full Story  Reuters/Yahoo_ 10/9/06

Timeline: North Korea’s Nuclear Development AP/New York Times 10/9/06 (logon required)

Questions and Answers: North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Confirmed information about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities is scant. Here is a broad outline of what experts know, surmise or suspect, based on information from the Institute for Science and International Security. AP/New York Times_ 10/9/06 (logon required)

General Dynamics names Christopher Buck director, government programs SATCOM Technologies

General Dynamics C4 Systems announced it has appointed Christopher (Chris) Buck to the position of Director, Government Programs for the Company's SATCOM Technologies Programs strategic business unit. In this new position, Mr. Buck will be responsible for identifying new products and system requirements for the government and military market and will work across the Company's divisions to provide proposal and program support for strategic government and military opportunities.  Full Story Press Release_ 9/28/06

Dean E. Wooldridge, 93, missile system developer, is dead

Dr. Wooldridge was a crucial figure in the development of the technology of nuclear warfare in the 1950’s. He died Wednesday at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., his hometown. The cause was pneumonia, his son James said. Dr. Wooldridge was the “W” in TRW, one of the biggest military contractors of the last half century. The company merged with Northrop Grumman in 2002, creating the nation’s second-largest military contractor, after Lockheed Martin. With his colleague Simon Ramo, Dr. Wooldridge was a leading systems engineer in the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles — the backbone of American nuclear strategy during the cold war. After World War II, when the Air Force became a separate entity from what had been the Army Air Corps, the foremost questions confronting the military involved how to protect the United States from a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union, and how, if necessary, to pursue a nuclear war.  Full Story New York Times_ 9/23/06 (logon required)

North Korea test-fires missles

North Korea has test-fired a number of missiles, one of which was a long-range weapon capable of reaching the US, state department officials believe. It is thought the Taepodong-2 missile failed about 40 seconds into flight. The US said North Korea may have fired as many as six missiles. At least three - two of them said to be shorter range - fell into the Sea of Japan. US envoy to the UN, John Bolton, said he was "urgently consulting" with other Security Council members on the issue. Both the US and Japan had said they would consider a range of options - including economic sanctions - if a launch of the Taeopdong-2 missile went ahead.  Full Report BBC News_ 7/4/06

June, 2006

Northrop Grumman begins flight testing Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems radar antenna for B-2 stealth bomber

Northrop Grumman Corporation, working closely with Raytheon Company, has begun flight testing a new radar antenna on the B-2 stealth bomber that, combined with other upgrades, will enhance the aircraft's ability to respond to emerging worldwide threats. Testing of the active, electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna on the B-2 represents a milestone for this radar modernization program because it allows engineers to determine, for the first time, how the radar operates under actual flight conditions.  Full Story Press Release_ 6/13/06

February, 2006

Bomb buster for Iraq hits Pentagon snag

A new high-tech vehicle that destroys roadside bombs has passed a series of U.S. military tests but has not yet been sent into battle, prompting charges that Pentagon bureaucracy is slowing the effort to protect American troops in Iraq. Last April, Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of a Pentagon task force in charge of finding ways to combat the makeshift bombs known as improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, endorsed development of the vehicle, called the Joint IED Neutralizer. The remote-controlled device, built by Tucson-based Ionatron Inc., blows up roadside bombs with a directed electrical charge, and based on Votel's assessment, then-deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz recommended investing $30 million in research and sending prototypes to Iraq for testing. But 10 months later — and after a prototype destroyed about 90% of the IEDs laid in its path during a battery of tests — not a single JIN has been shipped to Iraq. "The decision has been made that it's not yet mature enough," said Army Brig. Gen. Dan Allyn, deputy director of the task force, which was recently renamed the Joint IED Defeat Organization. Iraq is "not the place to be testing unproven technology. It puts the burden on people who have a mission to perform and puts them at risk." But the Marine Corps believes otherwise and recently decided to circumvent the testing schedule and send JIN units to Al Anbar province in western Iraq.  Full Story  Los Angeles Times_ 2/12/06 (logon required)

General Dynamics to buy Anteon for $2.1 bln
Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. on Wednesday agreed to buy Anteon International Corp. for about $2.1 billion in cash, in a move to expand its technology services to the U.S. government and military.  General Dynamics, known for its warships, Abrams tanks and Gulfstream business jets, is paying a 36 percent premium over Anteon's closing share price, or about 1.3 times Anteon's projected annual sales, above the level of the most recent deal in the sector.  Spending on what is known as "Federal IT" is expected to grow much faster than the overall Pentagon budget, as the government pours money into the Department of Homeland Security and what it calls its war on terror.  The move is the latest in a line of small and mid-size acquisitions by defense contractors looking to beef up their intelligence and technology-related services, and to get a larger share of the U.S. defense budget.  Anteon, based in Fairfax, Virginia, designs and integrates technology systems for national defense, intelligence and emergency departments. The 29 year-old company went public in 2002, and now has about 9,500 employees. About 65 percent have secret or top-secret security clearance, which makes it easier to bid on intelligence contracts offered by the government.  Full Story_ Reuters 12/14/05

Gen. Bernard Schreiver, 94, U.S. Air Force missile chief, dies

Schriever oversaw the Air Force's development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and other rockets that ushered in the space age and escalated the weapons race with the Soviet Union. He died was 94. Schriever oversaw development of the Atlas, Minuteman, Thor and Titan missiles.  Full Story  New York Times_ 6/24/05 (logon required)

January, 2005

DynCorp gets $762 million U.S. Navy contract to run Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center

DynCorp Technical Services, a unit of Computer Sciences Corp., will complete the contract work on Andros Island in the Bahamas by April 2008. AUTEC is a major range and test base facility that provides deep and shallow water test and training environments for the U.S. Navy.  Full Story  Reuters_ 1/31/05

'Robot soldiers' bound for Iraq
The US military is planning to deploy 18 robots armed with machine-guns to wage war against insurgents in Iraq. The 1m-high robots, equipped with cameras and operated by remote control, are nicknamed Swords, after the acronym for Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection Systems. The $200,000 (£106,757) per unit machine is based on the Talon robot already used by the military to disable bombs. The manufacturer, Foster-Miller company, is owned by the QinetiQ Group, a joint venture between the UK's Ministry of Defence and US-based holding company, Carlyle Group.  Full Story BBC News_ 1/23/05

Raytheon Co. wins $93.9 million U.S. Navy contract to support Relocatable-Over-the-Horizon-Radar

ROTHR is a high frequency radar system designed to provide early warning of strikes against aircraft carrier task forces. Given its ability to monitor large open water areas at ranges up to 2,500 nautical miles, the system has also been used to monitor air traffic as part of U.S. efforts to catch drug traffickers.  Full Story  Reuters_ 1/11/05

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) awarded U.S. Air Force research laboratory contract for High Power Microwave Program

The five-year, $49.9 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract calls for development of new technologies and applications research and development in pulsed power and HPMs, with a focus on transitioning important non-lethal technologies from the Air Force Research Laboratory to end users in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Directed energy technology solutions are viewed as important tools for national security, homeland defense, and the global war on terrorism.  Full Story  Press Release_ 1/3/05

December, 2004

Military seeks tech tools to train MDs
The US military sees technologies from the entertainment industry as potential tools for honing the skills of medics.  While the military has long used video game technology to train pilots and other personnel for combat, it is just beginning to consider similar uses for medics.  Full Story AP_12/24/04

Alion Science and Technology awarded $3.5 million DARPA contract to support Real-time Adversarial Intelligence and Decision-making
The award is for developing small processor based "reasoning modules" that help joint urban warfare combat teams analyze a tactical situation in near real-time, and based upon previous enemy behavior and intentions, predict likely enemy intentions and actions.  Full Story Press Release_ 11/22/04

NASA's unmanned 'scramjet' pushes Mach 10 for another world record

The X-43A - a supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) - flew in excess of nine times the speed of sound. It was the third and final mission for the Nasa vehicle - and it is not clear where the technology the agency has spent years developing will now fit into its future plans. Scramjets are being developed in a number of countries as an alternative propulsion system to rockets.  Full Story  BBC News_ 11/16/04

Pentagon building "God's-eye-view" of battle, its own Internet for wars of the future

The Global Information Grid, or GIG, may take two decades and hundreds of billions to build. Its goal is to use spy satellites and computers to give all American commanders and troops a moving picture of all foreign enemies and threats. The first connections were laid in September and skeptics say the costs are staggering and the technological hurdles huge.

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet and a Pentagon consultant on the war net, said he wondered if the military's dream was realistic. "I want to make sure what we realize is vision and not hallucination," Mr. Cerf said. Military contractors - and information-technology creators not usually associated with weapons systems - formed a consortium to develop the war net on Sept. 28. The group includes an A-list of military contractors and technology powerhouses: Boeing; Cisco Systems; Factiva, a joint venture of Dow Jones and Reuters; General Dynamics; Hewlett-Packard; Honeywell; I.B.M.; Lockheed Martin; Microsoft; Northrop Grumman; Oracle; Raytheon; and Sun Microsystems. The Pentagon has tried this twice before. Its Worldwide Military Command and Control System, built in the 1960's, often failed in crises. A $25 billion successor, Milstar, was completed in 2003 after two decades of work. Pentagon officials say it is already outdated.  Full Story  New York Times_ 11/13/04 (logon required)

General Dynamics C4 Systems' Controls and Structures facility receives distinguished James S. Cogswell Industrial Security Achievement Award

Only eight cleared facilities selected from a pool of more than 12,000 contractors received the Defense Security Service's award for outstanding overall security programs. Controls and Structures provides precision antennas, positioning systems and control systems for satellite communications, radio telescope, optical telescope, radar, and other specialized applications. It was acquired by General Dynamics C4 Systems as part of the purchase of TriPoint Global Communications in Sept. 2004. Full Story  Press Release_ 11/12/04

September, 2004

Top five U.S. defense contractors, communications  companies join European rivals to develop better weapons communication standards

The 28 companies, led by Chicago-based Boeing Co., said they would develop a sort of "building code" that would allow military commanders, intelligence officials and even first responders to use different systems built by different manufacturers -- and still be able to communicate. Incompatible technologies in the past made it difficult for U.S. forces on the ground, in the air and on the seas to communicate rapidly with each other. Similar communications problems prevented firefighters and police responding to the 9/11 hijacking attacks from talking to each other.  Full Story  Reuters_ 9/28/04

Navy to award $6.4 billion military communications satellite contract

The Pentagon's Defense Space Acquisitions Board paved the way for awarding the contract when it approved the Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS, four to eight satellites that will provide narrowband communications to ships, aircraft, submarines and ground forces. The system, slated to become operational in 2010, would provide 10 times more throughput, or volume of information that can be transmitted, than the current Ultra High Frequency Follow-On System, built by Chicago-based Boeing Co. The contract will go to either Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed, which has teamed with Boeing and General Dynamics Corp. or to Raytheon, which teamed with Honeywell International; Northrop Grumman Corp. and Loral Space and Communications Ltd.  Full Story  Reuters_ 9/21/04

Silent Running" 'Black Triangle' sightings on the rise
They have become legendary in UFO circles. Huge, silent-running “Flying Triangles” have been seen by ground observers creeping through the sky low and slow near cities and quietly cruising over highways. The National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), has catalogued the Triangle sightings, sifting through and combining databases to take a hard look at the mystery craft. The behavior of the aircraft is consistent with (a) the routine and open deployment of an unacknowledged advanced DoD aircraft or (b) the routine and open deployment of an aircraft owned and operated by non-DoD personnel, suggests the NIDS study.  Full Story  Space.com_ 9/2/04

August, 2004

US defence contractor Northrop Grumman gets $1 billion contract for prototype X-47B unmanned fighter
Northrop Grumman will build at least three full-scale flight prototypes for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) over five years. It is hoped that many unmanned fighters would be networked and controlled from land or from an aircraft carrier. Boeing is already developing another drone called the X-45C under the same operational assessment phase of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) demonstration programme, led by Darpa. J-UCAS aims to find a stealthy, unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with integrated sensors, navigation and communications that can operate in the network-centric battlefield of tomorrow.  Full Story  BBC News_ 8/23/04

Highly sophisticated software pairs with street surveillance cameras to create digital Olympics security guards with intelligence-gathering skills

The system -- developed by a consortium led by San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp., or SAIC -- cost about $312 million and took up a sizable chunk of Athens' record security budget of more than $1.5 billion. Much of the analysis is enabled by software from London-based Autonomy Corp., whose clients include the U.S. National Security Agency, that parses words and phrases collected by surveillance cameras and in communications traffic. Other companies in the SAIC consortium include Germany's Siemens AG; General Dynamics Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. of the United States; and the Israeli company Elbit Systems. Several Greek companies also are participating.  Full Story  AP/CNN_ 8/10/04

IBM to build supercomputer for U.S. Army

The computer, code named "Stryker," will be deployed at the Army Research Laboratory Major Shared Resource Center in Aberdeen, Maryland, IBM said. It did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. The supercomputer consists of 1186 powerful IBM computers connected with about 2,300 64-bit microprocessors made by AMD. The supercomputer would run on the Linux operating system. IBM expects the computer to be ranked among the world's 20 fastest computers. The fastest computer, according to the most recent list, was the Earth Simulator Center in Japan made by NEC Corp.  Full Story  Reuters_ 8/3/04

Military readies directed-energy weapons

One uses a laser beam to zap an opponent, paralyzing muscles even as hearts and lungs function normally. So far, that weapon is scheduled for testing only on chickens. Another is under development by the Air Force and Raytheon Co. It 's called the Active Denial System and repels adversaries by heating the water molecules in their skin with microwave energy. The pain is so great that people flee immediately. Some experts believe the use of directed energy will be limited by international law and treaties. Military officials believe the intended uses of the Active Denial System do not violate any international laws or treaties and do not cause any permanent health problems.  Full Story  AP/CNN_ 8/2/04

Australian researchers build world's smallest submarine: a 40cm-long, self-controlling submersible called Serafina

The tiny submarine, no bigger than a toy, can dive to around 5,000 metres (16,500 feet), turn, somersault and perform a range of scientific tasks. Its designers say the Serafina could be used in shipwreck recovery, in search and rescue and may have military uses. The price is small too, starting at about A$1,000 (US$700) each. The only possible problem is that it's so small, it could possibly be eaten by an aquatic creature. Full Story  BBC News_ 7/30/04

Federal authorities in Camden, New Jersey, charge seven with conspiring to sell military technology to China
Prosecutors allege the seven violated U.S. export laws by selling defense weapons systems, including radar, smart weapons, electronic warfare and communications. All the suspects are employees or officers at Universal Technologies Inc. and Manten Electronics, both of Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  Full Story  CNN_ 7/2/04

June, 2004

DARPA: Water could propel next-generation satellites
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- the U.S. Department of Defense's central research and development agency -- is working with Wallingford, Conn.-based Proton Energy Systems to develop a self-regenerating fuel loop that would use water and solar power to create electricity onboard in-orbit spacecraft.  Full Story  Satellite News/Fuel Cell Works_ 6/28/04

U.S. warned to modernize fighter jets to maintain air supremacy
Gen. Hal Hornburg, head of U.S. Air Combat Command, said a U.S. air-to-air exercise with the Indian Air Force in February, in which India used Russian jets to defeat aging American F-15Cs, revealed "that we may not be as far ahead of the rest of the world as we once thought we were." Defense experts in both the United States and Europe, however, have said it is unlikely that America -- with vast spending power and a major industrial base -- would lose its dominance in military technology.  Full Story  Reuters/CNN_ 6/25/04

U.S. Air Force tests robot guard vehicles
The robots cost from $200,000 to $500,000. One is a Jeep-size, four-wheeled vehicle that has been equipped with radar, television cameras and an infrared scan to detect people, vehicles and other objects. It carries a breadbox-sized mini-robot that can be launched to search under vehicles, inside buildings and other small places. Another is fashioned from an off-the-shelf, four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, giving it added versatility because a human also can ride it like a normal ATV. Both vehicles can be remotely operated from laptop computers and can be equipped with remotely fired weapons, like an M-16 rifle or pepper spray.  Full Story  AP/CNN_ 6/23/04

Swedish Navy tests "stealth" ship designed to hide from radar

The Royal Navy and the US Navy both have plans of their own for similarly futuristic ships with low radar visibility. Ever since radar was invented by the British during World War II, military boffins have been trying to think of ways to beat it. The first Visby corvette, designed by the Swedish shipbuilders Kockums and built at their Karlskrona yard, has just completed sea trials with the Royal Swedish Navy. It will come into service in January and will be followed by four more. American designers are working on the DD(X) destroyer, which is due to enter service in 2011. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems is leading a consortium which has been given the $2.8 billion contract to build the futuristic ships.  Full Story  BBC News_ 6/10/04

May, 2004

V-Shaped airship bigger than a baseball diamond groomed for flight to edge of space
Next month, the 175-foot long Ascender airship is due to rise from the West Texas desert to an altitude of 100,000 feet (30.5 kilometers), navigate by remote control, linger above the clouds and drift back to earth. For the U.S. Air Force, the feat by the JP Aerospace-built helium airship will demonstrate a new kind of semi-autonomous craft that could hover in "near space," to do reconnaissance and relay battlefield communications. California-based JP Aerospace envisions a bigger conceptual leap: a system of floating platforms that gossamer spaceships could use as high-altitude way stations.  Full Story  MSNBC_ 5/21/04

Will U.S. missile shield really work?
The multibillion-dollar U.S. ballistic missile shield due to start operating by Sept. 30 appears incapable of shooting down any incoming warheads, the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a 76-page report titled “Technical Realities. The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency rejected the report. The Boeing Co. is assembling the shield, which would use the interceptors to launch "kill vehicles" meant to pulverize targets in the mid-course of their flight paths, outside the Earth's atmosphere. Using infrared sensors, the vehicles would search the chill of space for the warheads. So far, the interceptors have scored hits five times in eight highly controlled tests.  Full Story  Reuters/MSNBC_ 5/13/04

High-intensity laser shoots down largest rocket to date in New Mexico desert test
The $56 million ground-based Tactical High Energy Laser project, developed by Northrop-Grumman Corp., is designed to shield Israel from missle attacks. The laser destroyed an 11-foot rocket in flight over White Sands Missile Range. Full Story  AP/CNN_ 5/7/04

Air Force Major General Jeffrey B. Kohler nominated to lead Defense Security Cooperation Agency

President George W. Bush nominated Kohler to the Senate for confirmation as the next Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and promotion to the grade of Lieutenant General. Maj. Gen. Kohler is currently serving as Director of Plans and Policy (J-5), Headquarters United States European Command at Stuttgart, Germany. Full Story  Press Release_ 5/5/04

New non-lethal weapons to fight illegal smuggling of weapons of mass destruction developed by Oto Melara, owned by Finmeccanica S.p.A.
ART (Ammunition at Reduced Time of Flight) is an extended range round that can disable the rudder on a ship without sinking it or injuring the crew. It will also be available with a microwave-programmable multifunction fused explosive warhead to meet military requirements. Its enhanced accuracy and long range make it an ideal system for threats including swarming boats and sea-skimming missiles, and it meets anti-ship and anti-aircraft requirements.  Full Story  Press Release/PRNewsWire 5/5/04

April, 2004

Lockheed Martin BMC2 Team Demonstrates Advanced Cruise Missile Defense, Time-Critical Targeting Capabilities
The Lockheed Martin led team competing for the E-10A Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) system demonstrated advanced capabilities for cruise missile defense and time-critical targeting (TCT), both integral components of the team's prototype solution. Highlighting results of exercise-quality simulations conducted at the team's HI-Vision horizontal integration lab in Colorado Springs, the BMC2 team ran through a number of scenarios focused on finding, targeting and engaging cruise missiles, ground moving targets, and enemy command installations in single-digit minutes. Full Story Press Release 4/21/04

Robotic X-45 aircraft built by Boeing makes successful unmanned bombing run
The robotic plane deliberately dropped a 250-pound Small Smart Bomb within inches of a truck at Edwards Air Force Base, marking another step forward for technology the U.S. military hopes will one day replace human pilots on dangerous combat missions.
  Full Story  AP/CNN_ 4/19/04

Atlas rocket carries Japanese commercial satellite aloft, but the future is with the U.S. military
Boeing Satellite President Dave Ryan told Reuters that commercial satellite customers make up a shrinking share of the company's business, but satellites serving the U.S. armed forces and intelligence agencies will grow from $7 billion in business in 2003 to about $17 billion a year in the next decade.  Full Story  Reuters_ 4/15/04

Arotech's electric fuel battery subsidiary receives follow-on Micro Air Vehicle -MAV- contract from an Israeli security agency
Electric Fuel will continue developing prototype zinc-air cells for Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV) that can maintain flight for extended periods of time.  Full Story  Press Release_ 4/2/04

Feature: The future of military drones is now

Unmanned aircraft are slowly becoming full-fledged killing machines -- armed to the teeth, and designed for the deadliest parts of war.  Full Story  Wired News_ 4/1/04

March, 2004

Boeing snags $189 million U.S. Air Force satellite surveillance contract
The contract calls for Boeing and its partner Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. to develop and launch a space-based surveillance system (SBSS) capable of tracking the movement of objects through space by late 2007.  Full Story  AFP/Space Daily 3/31/04

DARPA's new Humvee-mounted sensor helps soldiers in Iraq determine when they are under attack and locate the enemy
The sniper detector, named "Boomerang" was developed by BBN Technologies Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts,  for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Full story  AP/CNN 3/25/04

Vietnam veteran develops a skycam for a laptop-toting infantry: device can prevent ambushes

After seeing how easily photos could be transferred between digital cameras and laptop computers, he came up with a way for soldiers to get a quick bird's eye view of the battlefield.  Full story  AP/MSNBC 3/18/04

New OS for weapons and communications on the horizon

The US Department of Defense is considering developing the common Operating System for command and control, communications, weapons management, mission planning, human interface and other functions involving unmanned combat aerial vehicles.  Full story  UVonline 3/16/04

High-tech snooping for bin Laden
U.S. forces searching for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden along the mountainous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan will soon implement high-tech surveillance tactics in the region, enabling them to monitor the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, CNN has learned.  Full story  CNN.com 3/5/04

Troops get high-tech noisemaker

U.S. soldiers in Iraq have new gear for dispersing hostile crowds and warding off potential enemy combatants. The equipment, called a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called "non-lethal weapon"  that blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam. The developer is American Technology Corp. of San Diego.  Full story  AP/CNN 3/3/04

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