• Pentagon delivers counter-Islamic State plan to White House

    Key Points A new plan to defeat the Islamic State group has been delivered to members of the National Security Council's Principals Committee Mattis is due to brief the committee about the report on 27 February A new plan to defeat the Islamic State group has been delivered to members of the

  • Second US military service secretary nominee withdraws from consideration

    Philip Bilden, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of the US Navy (USN), has withdrawn from the process for financial reasons. Bilden said in a 26 February statement that he withdrew from consideration because he "will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics

  • South Korea's military, Lotte Group sign land swap deal for THAAD deployment

    South Korea's Lotte Group and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul signed a formal land swap agreement on 28 February that paves the way for the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the East Asian country this year, the MND said in

  • TAI signs licensed production deal with Sikorsky

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) signed a co-operation agreement with the US Sikorsky Aircraft Company on 28 February under which it will licence-build various structural helicopter components. Under the first phase of the ten-year programme, USD270 million worth of components will be delivered,

  • Countries outside South China Sea region 'should not hype up threat of war', says Beijing

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that countries outside the disputed South China Sea region "should not intentionally hype up the so-called threat of war or create tensions". "What they should do is contribute positive energy to the peace and stability in the South

  • USAF mulls multiplatform approach to AWACS, C2 missions

    The US Air Force (USAF) is studying its command-and-control (C2) requirements over the next few decades to determine how that battlefield role is to be addressed, and officials so far believe the solution is likely more disaggregated than its current use of specific C2 aircraft. Service planners

  • ACC chief: New light-attack aircraft must address future threats

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to soon consider buying new light-attack aircraft, but General Herbert Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command (ACC), warned that such a platform must be capable of operating in future, potentially more dangerous, environments. The USAF plans to request a new exercise, to be

  • Demand for cyber insurance on the rise

    Key Points States and businesses are seeking to mitigate the risk of cyber attack through threat intelligence and increasingly through insurance. It is difficult to assess the threat because of the lack of data in this embryonic industry. The ongoing aim of governments and international

  • Keel laid for the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr (DDG 121) was laid on 21 February 2017 at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. DDG 121 is being built in the Flight IIA configuration

  • Leidos annual revenue reaches USD7 billion

    US government services company Leidos recorded revenues of more than USD7 billion in 2016, according to results released by the company on 23 February. Annual sales in 2016 were 38.3% higher than in 2015, thanks in large part to the completion of the company's USD4.6 billion merger with Lockheed

  • Lockheed Martin awaiting USCG decision to provide C4ISR systems for OPC

    Key Points Lockheed Martin is participating in USCG C4ISR system development activities The NSC and OPC C4ISR systems are similar except for defence operations Lockheed Martin expects to learn this year how much of their C4ISR capabilities, already in use on the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) National

  • South Korea's Lotte Group approves land swap plan for THAAD deployment, says report

    South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 27 February that paves the way for the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the East Asian nation between May and July 2017, the MND in Seoul was

  • USN centre growth sets tone for revamped SWO community

    Key Points USN is aggressively increasing tactical-level surface warfare instructors The defensive to offensive shift is intended to affect tactical proficiencies and CONOPS The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is fuelling growth in the surface

  • MDA reports weaker 2016 results

    Canadian headquartered C4ISR specialist MDA Corporation released its fiscal year 2016 annual results on 23 February. The company's revenues fell by 2.5% to CAD2.1 billion (USD1.6 billion) year on year, and operating earnings were down 4.5% to CAD211 million. MDA's weaker performance was primarily

  • Leonardo legally challenges Canada's FWSAR decision

    Italian aerospace company Leonardo, along with its Team Spartan partners, has filed a legal challenge against Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) over its decision to award Airbus Defence and Space the Fixed-Wing Search-and-Rescue (FWSAR) programme, Leonardo announced on 23 February. PSPC

  • IRGC terrorist designation would increase risk of doing business in Iran, indirectly threatening nuclear agreement

    Key Points Royce's use of a "terrorist" label for the IRGC reflects the likely ongoing political debate in the US surrounding the designation of Iran's IRGC as a foreign terrorist organisation. Previously, the US only designated the IRGC Qods Force - the extra-territorial branch of the

  • South Korea selects L3 for K21 IFV transmission kits

    L3 Technologies has been awarded a USD17.3 million contract to supply 800 hp-rated transmission kits for the Republic of Korea Army's (RoKA's) K21 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and Light Recovery Vehicle programmes, the US-based company said in a statement on 23 February. Product deliveries are

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne to acquire L3's target missile business

    US rocket motor manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings is to acquire Coleman Aerospace, a subsidiary of L3 Technologies specialising in suborbital launch vehicles and payloads. The transaction, worth USD15 million, will be paid for in cash and is expected to be completed before the end of

  • Confrontations between security forces and gunmen lead to rising death and injury risks in Mexico's Reynosa City

    EVENT The government of the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, issued a security alert yesterday (23 February) urging the local population to refrain from transiting through the Almaguer, Mezquite, and Unidad Obrera neighbourhoods. The alert was issued as members of the security forces

  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 Trident jobs

    Lockheed Martin announced on 23 February that it plans to relocate around 650 jobs in its Space Systems business, with the goal of achieving significant cost savings. The roles, all of which involve work on the US Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) programme, are currently based in Sunnyvale,