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Wes Bush: US Export Controls Hurt Unmanned Market Leadership

The U.S. risks losing its competitive edge if industry is unable to more easily export unmanned aircraft for commercial use, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush told a group of industry and congressional executives. Bush said the unmanned vehicle market needs similar eased export restrictions that satellite technologies are receiving, Aviation …

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Analysts Suggest US Develop More Directed Energy Weapons

Analysts suggest the U.S. should focus on developing directed energy weapons to counter future assaults on U.S. military’s freedom of movement, Defense News reports. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments issued a report Thursday suggesting the U.S. would benefit from using alternately-powered weapons to respond to precision-guided cruise …

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Michael Flynn Nominated to Head DIA

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been nominated to serve as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in a release Tuesday. He currently serves as assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In June 2009, …

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Defense Policy Nominee James Miller Outlines Agenda

James Miller, nominee to become the Defense Department’s policy chief, told a Senate panel Monday the U.S.’ plan to transfer responsibilities to Afghan forces is working, American Forces Press Service reports. Miller told the Senate Armed Services Committee he supports President Obama’s troop reduction plan in Afghanistan and would continue …

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Navy Officials to Give Lawmakers Ship Reduction Plans

The Navy plans to reduce the size of its ship fleet from 313 to 300, AOL Defense reports. That number of ships was also set to decrease to 279 in 2014, 8 less than the originally planned fleet of 287. The Navy’s top acquisition officers were scheduled to testify at …

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AIA Chief Says Sequestration Means US Loses Jobs, Technology

Other countries could catch up to the U.S. in developing defense technologies if Congress can not agree on how to stop automatic cuts to the defense budget, the head of a major trade association said Thursday. Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey said in a statement that a …

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Rep. Wilson to Pentagon: Stop Buying Russian Military Supplies

The Defense Department will continue purchasing Russian-made military hardware and aircraft for Afghan military forces despite protests from lawmakers, The Hill reports. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) called for the Pentagon to stop doing business with the Russian manufacturer Rosoboronexport, during a House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee …

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Navy Extends Career Intermission Program

The Navy is renewing a program for three more years that allows soldiers to take a break without penalty and return to service. The move is part of the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The Career Intermission Pilot Program allows naval personnel to take a career intermission and …

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Panetta Names New DISA Acquisition, Program Execs

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assigned both Jennifer Carter and Alan Lewis to new posts at the Defense Information Systems Agency, according to a Tuesday Pentagon announcement. Carter is DISA’s new component acquisition executive and previously served as enterprise resource planning program manager for the Department of the Navy. Lewis is …

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Obama Names Hicks, Chollet to Pentagon Leadership Posts

President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks and Derek H. Chollet to leadership positions at the Defense Department, the White House announced Friday. The president chose Hicks as principal deputy under secretary for policy and Chollet as assistant secretary for international security affairs. Hicks is currently deputy under secretary …

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