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Increasing Jobs Despite Manufacturing Slowdown

The U.S. economy produced 225,000 new jobs in January although the continued loss of manufacturing positions suggests American product manufactures aren’t entirely free from concern after an uninspiring end to 2019. Health care and social assistance job creation nearly doubled from December through January, because the industry included over 47,000 of last month’s gains after…

U.S. Manufacturing 2019 Recession

Defying fears and predictions, the U.S. economy is still shrugging off Donald Trump’s trade conflicts. Employers added 266,000 jobs in November, and unemployment matched a 50-year low of 3.5% all while the Trump administration is waging a punishing trade war with China and other trading partners. Still, farmers are suffering. Manufacturers are mired in a…

Economic Anxiety Over Government Shutdown

As economic anxiety over U.S. government shutdown worsens, more than 30 organizations across the nation’s aviation and space transportation sectors are urging an end to the month long government shutdown. In a newly released letter, the organizations write President, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., highlighting burden on unpaid…

Trump Approved Investment in American Bomb Manufacturers

President Trump has approved direct federal investment for suppliers of American bomb parts and chemicals, part of as much as $250 million in direct investments by the Pentagon to fix supply chain vulnerabilities. The government funding for those suppliers, under the Defense Production Act, is meant to lift a sub-sector of the defense-industrial base that…

Philippine Air Force Selected Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk

The Philippine Air Force has down-selected the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopter to fulfill its need of combat utility helicopters, dashing hopes of other international competitors, including Korea Aerospace Industries with the Surion KUH-1 helicopter, according to Philippine media and South Korean defense industry sources. Seoul’s arms procurement officials virtually recognized Surion’s defeat in the…

New Maryland Defense-Aerospace Consortium

A Maryland congressman is launching a local consortium on Tuesday to link small and large aerospace and defense firms and educational institutions in the Pentagon’s backyard, so the companies can solve common problems like workforce shortages. The Pentagon has identified the aging workforce as a challenge to country’s defense industry, and it’s playing out in…

Tension Between United States-China Over Cyberattacks

Among growing tension between the United States and China over cyber-attacks, lawmakers are proposing legislation to protect critical American technology from being stolen by hackers. The legislation is part of a broader focus by the United States government to combat the Chinese hacking and boost American cyber-security. Sens. Marco Rubio R-Fla., and Mark Warner, D-Va.,…

Is Quantum Computing Enough to Combat Cybersecurity

Quantum computing is expected to make existing forms of cybersecurity obsolete, but the coming revolution has not jolted researchers and firms to fully invest in the technology, according to the community, experts and industry officials. Quantum computing needs strong collaboration between theory and practice, said Christopher Monroe, professor of physics at the University of Maryland…

New U.S. Cyber Command Advanced Capabilities

For most of its history, U.S. Cyber Command has plunged into operations without having first finalized its organization and force. Now that the cyber mission force has been built, the command is beginning to work out strategic problems and how to employ its capabilities in an environment where operations can change at the millisecond level….

Department of Justice Indicted Two Chinese Hackers

The Department of Justice indicted two hackers associated with the Chinese based ATP-10 group on December 20, 2018 for conspiracy to commit computer intrusions against at least 45 organizations in the U.S. and worldwide, sparking calls for the U.S. to be more aggressive in cyberspace. The focus of the hacking spree was an apparent attempt…

Lockheed Martin Awarded $585 Million Radar Contract

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii contract, a $585 million deal that could open the door for billions in additional business. The radar will support ballistic missile defense systems intended to protect Hawaii from ballistic missile strikes, which took on new urgency during the early part of the Trump…

Pentagon Bills Saudi Arabia $331 Million for U.S. Aerial Refueling

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Mohammed Al-Ayesh meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) next to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (L) during a meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 15, 2017. The Pentagon announced it will bill Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $331 million after undercharging the two countries for…

Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant Rescheduled Test Flight

The Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant design will not have its first flight in 2018, following a technical issue discovered during ground tests. Rich Koucheravy, Sikorsky director of business development for future vertical lift, and Randy Rotte, Boeing director of globalý sales and marketing for cargo helicopters and FVL, revealed the delay in a call with reporters Wednesday….

Lockheed-Airbus Develop New Aerial-Refueling Service

Lockheed Martin and Airbus have agreed to develop a new aerial-refueling service aimed at the U.S. Air Force, upping the pressure on incumbent Boeing to deliver its KC-46 tankers on time. The two companies, industry behemoths on each side of the Atlantic, hailed the pact for combining Airbus’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) plane with…

Importance of Cities in America’s Rural Economies

The 2018 midterm elections affirmed the deep geographic divides within the United States are here to stay. As they did in 2016, Americans living in rural areas overwhelmingly backed Republican candidates, fueled in part by the sense that the American economy is leaving them behind. The plight of rural America, and ideas for its economic…

Future Modernization in Military Technology

“Innovation” and “force modernization” are the Pentagon buzzwords of the day. Strategies are being developed across the Department of Defense enterprise, with these concepts as the foundation pillars. Is this a flawed idea involving competing philosophies? Can the U.S. be truly innovative if it wants to rapidly modernize its force? For the first time in…

Slovakia Selected F-16V Fighters Over Russian MiG-29

NATO member Slovakia has decided to purchase 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters and replace their MiG-29 jets in a wider effort to separate from Russia, the Slovak Ministry of Defense’s No. 2 official said Saturday. In an interview on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum, MoD State Secretary Róbert Ondrejcsák said of the…

Australia Announces Winner of New Drone Fleet

Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne announced Friday that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected as the winner of its competition to supply a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to the Australian Defence Force. Australia has yet to make a choice between the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 variant currently…

Air Force Announces B-21 Stealth Bombers New Home

The B-21 Raider stealth bomber will be maintained at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base and tested at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  The Air Force’s next stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider,  has new homes. The Air Force on Friday announced it has chosen Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma to maintain and sustain the…

Artificial Intelligence Influences Geopolitics Security

On September 1, 2017, Russian President Putin addressed a nationwide group of Russian students on their first day of school. “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind,” he said. “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.” It is an assessment that would…

Defense Department Invests in Laser Technology

The U.S. Defense Department is planning to increase investments in directed-energy systems used for missile defense over the next several budget cycles, according to the department’s top technology adviser. Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Tuesday he expects to have usable directed-energy weaponry in the hands of war fighters in “no…

Russia Jammed GPS Signals During NATO Exercise

The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large drill in Norway. The ministry said that Norway’s Foreign Ministry earlier had raised the issue with Russian authorities. In an email Tuesday to The Associated Press, the ministry said it “was aware that jamming has…

Navy Satellites Provide Marines with Smartphone Capabilities

Marine Corps Systems Command leaders hope new Navy satellites will give Marines smartphone-like capabilities to communicate. The Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS satellites, use 3G protocols in place of legacy satellite connections. Planners say a military standard waveform on a software defined radio will deliver enhanced mobility, higher data rates and improved operational availability….

NSA and Cyber Command Infrastructure Divided

A Department of Defense official said November 1 that U.S. Cyber Command needs to have its own infrastructure and not rely so heavily on the National Security Agency for its cyber tools, a transition that suggests a subsequent split between the two rivaling agencies. Cyber Command has operated on the NSA’s networks since its conception…

South Korean Military New Identification Technology

A South Korean AH-64 Apache helicopter participates in a military firepower test. Thousands of South Korean jet fighters, helicopters, warships and missile systems will probably be fitted with sophisticated identifications technologies by the mid-2020s within a major weapons upgrade program, according to the military and defense companies. For the $2.2 billion deal to exchange the…

Germany to Sell Secondhand Surveillance Drone

Euro Hawk drone moved to air base in Manching, Germany. Germany would like to sell a second-hand drone that’s cost the country over 700 million euros ($823 million) to Canada, without core components needed to fly.  Germany is looking to offer a secondhand surveillance drone containing cost the nation over 700 million euros ($823 million)…

Thailand Orders Four More Airbus H225M Helicopters

Thailand has ordered four more Airbus H225M twin-engine, medium lift, Helicopters from the European manufacturer, bringing the entire variety of helicopters ordered with the country to 12. According to a announcement by Airbus, these four helicopters will likely be brought to Thailand in 2021. They will join the six helicopters already in service by the Royal…

US Army Received More Funding for Anti-Drone Program

An MAT-V equipped with Leonardo DRS’ Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense System, which was developed to disable or destroy enemy drones. Leonardo DRS has received another $13 million to continue developing and testing a vehicle-mounted system that the U.S. Army hopes will protect soldiers from small drones, according to a July 31…

Defense Department Ordered New Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research

Dana Deasy, the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, speaks at the Pentagon in June 2018. He will oversee a joint center for artificial intelligence. The Defense Department has formally ordered the creation of a new hub for artificial intelligence research with Dana Deasy, the Pentagon’s new chief information officer, taking the lead. Deputy Secretary…

US Drone Export Controls May Affect Foreign Sales

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line Nov. 16, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The MQ-9 provides persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities for combatant commanders and coalition forces involved in 24/7/365 combat operations abroad. A new RAND report assessing the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles suggests existing export controls for drones may…

US Taxpayer Dollars Aimed at Increasing Counter-Terrorism

A government watchdog report this week criticizes Pentagon oversight of a program that provides counter-terrorism training and equipment to countries around the world. Soldiers in Niger are shown during an exercise in April.   As billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars continue to flow into projects aimed at increasing counter-terrorism capabilities for countries from Jordan to…

Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

The Trump administration’s tariffs have raised fears of a negative impact on America‘s defense sector and domestic jobs. The Trump administration’s announcement that it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada may hurt America‘s defense sector and imperil domestic jobs, analysts warn. The tariffs, which will impose a 25…

Counter-terrorism Funding Since 9/11

A Marine patrols next to a poppy field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2014. The U.S. has spent $2.8 trillion on counter-terrorism operations since 9/11, a new study has found. From fiscal 2002 to 2017, the U.S. spent 16 percent of its entire discretionary budget as part of the counter-terrorism fight,…

Fighting Terrorism using New Intelligence Database Software

Raytheon brought an array of capabilities to SOFEX and the Middle East that will help fight terrorism in a high-tech world, including its cyber academy that trains students to detect and fight cyberattacks. Several companies in attendance at the Special Operations Forces Exposition last week didn’t bring missiles, rockets, helicopters or drones, but rather laptops…

Rolls-Royce Announced New Employee Benefits Funded by Tax Credits

A Rolls-Royce employee performs an inspection of aircraft. Rolls-Royce announced a new employee benefits package funded by tax credits in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress. The new package, two years in the making, introduced six-week paid parental leave, ones two weeks are supplemented by credits from the tax cut. It…

US Army’s AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Testing Delayed

Spc. Richard Pena, a crew chief assigned to C Troop, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber, conducts pre-flight inspections of an AH-64E Apache helicopter at Erbil, Iraq, July 11, 2017. The US Army has decided to delay its capstone full operational ensure that you evaluation for your newest variant from the Apache attack…

National Planetary Defense Team to Avoid Threats from Space

As you review this article, there are lots of different objects hurtling through space at alarming speeds. Never mind the heavens along with the planets, space is filled with many asteroids which could potentially lead to disastrous consequences should they ever reach all the way down towards Earth. It is said this is the exact…

Why America Loves War: Warfare Economy

Wars are a good waste of lives and resources, and for that reason everybody is for peace instead of wars. The American President, conversely, generally seems to love war. Why? Many critics believe the result are located in psychological factors. Some opined that George W. Bush considered it his duty to end the job started,…

New Defiant Helicopter Undergoing Rigorous Testing

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant coaxial helicopter demonstrator is now undergoing rigorous testing prior to its first flight expected later this year, according to Boeing and Sikorsky company officials. Defiant is likely to fly later than the summer, Randy Rotte, Boeing’s director of global sales and marketing for cargo helicopters and Future Vertical Lift, said in…

Russia to use Nuclear-Powered Rockets to get to Mars Faster

The space race might be won with a nation that isn’t the United States within the next 50 years, along with the utilization of technology that’s already many decades old, as well. That is, unless the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seems to go on and finish in advance of its competitors by using…

Lockheed Martin Reveals Cyber War-Fighting Platform

Lockheed Martin this week unveiled its offering for a program that has been commonly thought of as Cyber Command’s top acquisition priority this year. The unified platform has been described as a “cyber carrier,” which cyber warriors can use to coordinate plans, house tools and launch attacks. Lockheed Martin’s prototype for the program is a…

B-21 Raider Bomber Engine and Wing Design Delays

Despite a number of early production “hiccups” with all the engines and wings, including a worry with ventilation, the B-21 Raider bomber aircraft is basically on course, in line with the chairman with the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., said he was largely pleased with the work prime…

Lockheed Martin Announces New Satellite Buses

Lockheed Martin has announced on the Air Force Association’s annual conference a brand new system of satellite buses that include both high-powered and nano-satellites. The announcement is a component with the company’s mission to incorporate enhancements and common components designed to keep costs down and speed up production for space-based projects. “We’ve invested $300 million…