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Jaime Engdahl: No Plans to Arm Navy Carrier UAV

The U.S. Navy currently does not plan to weaponize a Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aerial vehicle that landed on an aircraft carrier in July, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Bryant Jordan writes the Navy has flown the X-47B for two years prior to its landing on the USS George H.W. Bush. Citing Naval Air Systems Command documents, …

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Pentagon Awarded $39B in March Contracts, $300B Planned for FY 2013

The Defense Department awarded $39.4 billion in contracts during March, a sharp increase over the $23.1 billion in awards from February and $12.1 billion from January. Despite sequestration, the Pentagon plans to award up to $300 billion in contracts for the whole fiscal year ending Sept. 30, more than the amount awarded in 2006, Nick Taborek …

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Some Military IT, Comm Funds Spared From Cuts

The Military Health System received approval for its proposed $1.5 billion information management operations budget under the spending bill signed by President Barack Obama March 26, Nextgov reports. Bob Brewin writes that was one of many information technology and communication items that were largely spared from steep budget cuts. Citing …

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NIST and Industry Begin Dialogue on Cybersecurity Standards

Representatives from critical infrastructure providers and employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, spoke at an event at the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. about President Obama’s new executive order on cybersecurity. According to a Federal News Radio article, there were two central themes that came out …

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Report: China Ramping Up Armed, Unarmed Drone Development

China has deployed unarmed reconnaissance and ocean surveillance drones in Northeast Asia near Japan, the Senkaku islands and along China’s southern coast, the Washington Times reports. Citing U.S. intelligence officials, Bill Gertz writes China could also send drones to the South China Sea. One drone, the China’s CH-4 drone, appears to be …

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Profile: David Ahern, Defense Deputy Asst Secretary for Strategic and Tactical Systems

David Ahern serves as deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategic and tactical systems, working under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. Ahern’s office is responsible for portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight of the Defense Department‘s strategic and tactical programs. Before joining …

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Jerry Burroughs: Navy Aiming to Standardize Shipboard IT Nets

The U.S. Navy is attempting to install identical information technology architectures on its ships, moving away from an approach that had as many as five basic network architectures, Rear Adm. Jerry Burroughs told Federal News Radio. Burroughs, the Navy’s C4I program executive officer (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence), said …

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Defense CEOs: More Cuts Could Be Part of Fiscal Cliff Plan

Four CEOs of aerospace and defense firms are again urging Congress and the White House to work together on avoiding the fiscal cliff, Aviation Week reports. At the same time, those four also acknowledged additional cuts to the defense budget may be part of a bipartisan plan to avoid the …

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