Air Force mobility fleet seeks on-board defenses against small drones
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by Michael Marrow
2d ago
A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, taxis at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, March 3, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Russo) WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is asking industry for help for potentially carrying defensive systems aboard mobility aircraft that can fend off small drones. According to a request for information (RFI) released by the service today, it’s interested in “concepts and technologies related to an on-aircraft Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft System (C-sUAS) capability.” The RFI was posted by Air Mobility Command ..read more
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US allies cite progress, but say more needed for collective response to space threats
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by Theresa Hitchens
3d ago
Key Western military space leaders addressed collaboration on June 17, 2024 at the 7th Annual Prague Conference on Space Security. (Photo: Theresa Hitchens/Breaking Defense) PRAGUE — While progress has been made toward better transatlantic cooperation, top brass from Europe’s four largest military space operators say there is still a ways to go in working out how Europe and the United States will jointly respond to growing threats from Russia and China. “I think that we are in the right path, creating synergies and optimizing systems and capabilities together,” Col. Giuseppe Gentile, chief o ..read more
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The forgotten hurdles of a US-Saudi defense pact
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by Bilal Y. Saab
3d ago
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin welcomes Saudi Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman to the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2023. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) If Israel continues to oppose the creation of an independent Palestinian state, Saudi Arabia will not agree to normalize its relations with the Jewish state. In return, the United States will not extend official security guarantees to Riyadh. In this three-way, mega deal, which the Biden administration has promoted in recent years, if one leg fails, the whole thing falls apart. B ..read more
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Here’s how DIU will spend almost $1B this year
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by Carley Welch
3d ago
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks is walks with Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Doug Beck during a visit to the Defense Innovation Unit, Mountain View, California, Dec. 12, 2023. (DoD photo by US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Kubitza) WASHINGTON — The Defense Innovation Unit  today laid out its plans for how it will spend the $938 million Congress gave the organization for fiscal year 2024. The budget, which will be dispersed across four areas to streamline the organization’s “DIU 3.0” strategy, with DIU Director Doug Beck saying in a press release toda ..read more
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NATO two-star calls for ‘cultural change’ for OSINT for military ops
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by Lee Ferran
3d ago
US Army Capt. Michael Holder, a military police officer assigned to V Corps, analyzes a computer during Allied Spirit at US Army Garrison Bavaria Grafenwöhr on March 6, 2023. (US Army photo by Pfc. Myenn LaMotta) EUROSATORY 2024 — A top NATO official said today that while the alliance is already incorporating open source intelligence into its work, the alliance needs to undergo a more dramatic “cultural change” in how it views OSINT amid the explosion of publicly available data relevant to military operations. OSINT “is a source of information that the military community at large in the West ..read more
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US needs to invest in cheaper long-range drones for Taiwan scenario, report says
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by Valerie Insinna
3d ago
A Chinese-made DJI Mavic drone lifts off to “attack” a convoy during a US Army training exercise in 2021. (Army Photo by Sgt. William A. Parsons) WASHINGTON — In order to counter a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the US military needs to buy a diverse fleet of uncrewed aircraft that spans the gamut from sophisticated long range stealth aircraft to cheap commercial drones, says a new report from the Center for a New American Security. But greater US investments in drone technologies won’t be enough to erode China’s advantages, the authors of the report warn, adding that Taiwan needs to also inves ..read more
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DoD and Congress should walk away from CMMC
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by William C. Greenwalt
4d ago
Pentagon Lock Security Defense Concept Illustration (Getty images) After much delay, the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 is reportedly on track to be released in the first quarter of next year — just in time to preempt a potential new administration from reviewing it. However, it’s worth considering if CMMC 2.0 even needs to see the light of day. The notion that CMMC 2.0 could simply never come to fruition seems impossible at the moment. The rise of a CMMC compliance ecosystem — including assessor organizations, consultants, explainers, articles ..read more
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South Korean giant Hanwha agrees to acquire Philly Shipyard for $100M
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by Justin Katz
4d ago
A petroleum tanker stands while being built at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. (Photographer: Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images) WASHINGTON — South Korea’s Hanwha Systems and its shipbuilding arm Hanwha Ocean have agreed to purchase Norwegian-owned Philly Shipyard in a deal valued at $100 million pending relevant regulatory approvals, according to a statement from Philly Shipyard today. “After two decades of stewardship, it is with great honor that we transition the ownership from Aker to Hanwha,” said Kristian Røkke, chairman of Philly Shipyard A ..read more
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Navy eyeing industry for readily available medium USVs
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by Justin Katz
4d ago
A Seahawk medium displacement unmanned surface vessel participates in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21, April 21. (US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe) WASHINGTON — The US Navy is seeking information from industry about imminently available medium unmanned surface vessels it can use for test and evaluation of certain payloads within a year of a contract being awarded, the service said in a June 17 solicitation. The Navy’s unmanned maritime systems program office “is contemplating an accelerated approach with industr ..read more
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Rheinmetall announces 155mm ammunition mega order from Germany
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by Tim Martin
4d ago
A stack of 155mm artillery rounds sit behind the line of AS90 self propelled guns and their Ukrainian operators (UK MoD) BELFAST — German manufacturer Rheinmetall received its largest order in company history today: a deal with Germany for 155mm artillery ammunition, valued at up to €8.5 billion ($9.1 billion) and which will replenish Bundeswehr, Ukrainian and other allies’ stocks. The European firm said in a statement that a framework contract for the ammunition was signed by Annette Lehnigk-Emden, president of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Servic ..read more
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