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DARPA Launches CBRNE Threat Detection Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has kicked off a program to develop networks of sensors that can detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats. SIGMA+ is an expansion of DARPA’s initiative to identify radiological and nuclear materials, the agency said Tuesday. “The goal of SIGMA+ is to develop and demonstrate a real-time, …

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Air Force to Deploy Future T-X Aircraft at Undergraduate Pilot Training Bases

The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to adopt the future T-X Advanced Pilot Trainer  platform as replacement for the T-38C Talon aircraft used to train undergraduate pilots. The Air Force said Wednesday it picked Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas as the service branch’s preferred location to house the first T-X aircraft slated to arrive sometime …

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Report: South Korea Eyes PAC-3 Missile Purchase in Response to North Korean Threat

South Korea plans to buy Lockheed Martin-built Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles through a potential $53 million contract to support defense efforts against ballistic missile threats posed by North Korea, Defense News reported Monday. The East Asian country’s defense acquisition program administration approved Feb. 7 the procurement plan for PAC-3 Missile …

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Senate Confirms John Gibson as Pentagon’s Chief Mgmt Officer

John Gibson, former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, has received Senate confirmation to serve as DoD chief management officer, Washington Examiner reported Friday. Gibson will lead the civilian secretaries of all military services and oversee business-focused DoD agencies and field activities in his new role. He previously served as …

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US, Israel Put Arrow 3 Ballistic Missile Interceptor Through Flight Test

The Missile Defense Agency and its Israeli counterpart have supported a flight test of an Arrow 3 weapons system built to intercept ballistic missiles flying outside the atmosphere. Arrow 3 prime contractor Israel Aerospace Industries led the test in collaboration with Israel air force,  MDA said Monday. The system is a key component of Israel’s multilayered …

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DoD Unveils Acquisition Excellence Award Winners

The Defense Department has recognized acquisition teams across the department and intelligence agencies for showing “exemplary” contracting practices, DoD News reported Friday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said DoD gave the 2017 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to organizations that helped meet goals under the National Defense Strategy. The award …

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