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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Are you a target for spies?

Week 3 of FBI Citizen's Academy focuses on espionage and counterintelligence

"...With agencies in Huntsville such as NASA, the Missile Defense Agency and more than 50 U.S. Army weapons programs, "it makes Redstone Arsenal a huge target," said a Huntsville FBI agent. ..."


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US Army missile contract competition

New problem hits candidate for US Army missile contract

"...The Aerojet-supplied single rocket motor has encountered unspecified problems, says Frank St John, Lockheed's vice-president for tactical missiles. ..."

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

MDA Drops Target-Acquisition From Next Sats

MDA Drops Target-Acquisition From Next Sats

"...The agency’s new design for its next space-based missile-tracking system will be simpler than the two Northrop Grumman Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) satellites now conducting a demonstration in space, according to MDA and industry officials...."

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Northrop Grumman Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)

Northrop Grumman Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)

"...Two Northrop Grumman-built Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) demonstrator satellites are on-orbit, demonstrating capabilities required for birth-to-death tracking of ballistic missiles and other cold objects in space...."

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Boeing is basing SM-3 IIB concept development work in Huntsville

MDA contracts will launch an all-new missile and have big impact in Huntsville

"...Boeing is basing its SM-3 IIB concept development work in Huntsville, creating from 40 to 50 new positions, said Greg Hyslop, vice president, Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems. The contract will help "stabilize" the company's high-tech work force after last month's announcement of possible layoffs due to changes in the GMD program..."

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2011 Army Aviation Association Annual Professional Forum and Exposition

April 17-20 in Nashville

Boeing to Promote Innovative Solutions at Army Aviation Exposition

"...1530-1630: Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) Demonstration — U.S. Army LCT Display, Exhibit Floor
Reporters have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration flight from the viewpoint of the LCT pilot and co-pilot seats, including engagements using the Longbow’s missiles, rockets and 30mm gun. Army personnel discuss the benefits and applications of training simulation technologies...."

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Raytheon and Lockheed Martin seek Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) contract

Raytheon, Lockheed vying for $5 bil missile contract

"...this is a whopper of a request, if Raytheon's proposal is one the military fancies...."

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U.S. to continue funding Israel's Iron Dome

U.S. aid significantly bolsters Israel's missile-defense capabilities

"...Defense Minister's comment comes after U.S. House passes budget including $205 million intended for developing Iron Dome anti-missile system...."

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Raytheon Missile Kill

Remote data aids Raytheon missile kill

"...The company said the test certified the first phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach. Under that plan, the U.S. is deploying the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system and its SM-3 missiles, with a land-based version still under development, to protect Europe...."

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Lockheed has successful intercept

Lockheed’s Aegis System Test Hits Intermediate Ballistic Missile

"...Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)’s Aegis-based missile defense system hit an intermediate-range ballistic missile for the first time today during a test off the coast of Hawaii, the company said in a statement. ..."

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Mission success - Target Intercept

Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

Article Excerpt: "...At 2:52 a.m. EDT (6:52 p.m. April 15 Marshall Island Time), an intermediate-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Reagan Test Site, located on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, approximately 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii. The target flew in a northeasterly direction towards a broad ocean area in the Pacific Ocean. Following target launch, a forward-based AN/TPY-2 X-band transportable radar, located on Wake Island, detected and tracked the threat missile. The radar sent trajectory information to the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system, which processed and transmitted remote target data to the USS O’KANE. The destroyer, located to the west of Hawaii, used the data to develop a fire control solution and launch the SM-3 Block IA missile approximately 11 minutes after the target was launched. ..."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Furloughs for 100 Huntsville Northrop Grumman employees

100 Northrop Grumman employees in Huntsville face furloughs when fed contract ends

"...contract for the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system expires..."

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

SLAMRAAM successfully intercepts missile target

SLAMRAAM Successfully Intercepts Targets in Two Test Firings

"...TEWKSBURY, Mass., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) system successfully destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle target and intercepted a cruise missile target at White Sands Missile Range, N.M...."

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

OPM Guidance and Information in the event of 2011 Federal Shutdown (Furlough)

OPM Guidance and Information in the event of 2011 Federal Shutdown (Furlough)

"...If the current continuing resolution expires at 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2011 without passage of an FY 2011 appropriations bill or a further continuing resolution, Federal departments and agencies will be required to execute contingency plans for a lapse in appropriations (more commonly referred to as a "shutdown"). These contingency plans detail which agency activities are allowed by law to continue to operate, and which activities must stop. Employees whose salaries are funded through annual appropriations will not be able to work and will be furloughed, unless their duties qualify under the law as "excepted" to continue to work during periods of lapsed appropriations. During a shutdown, non-excepted employees are not permitted to work as unpaid volunteers for the government. Any paid leave (annual, sick, court, etc.) approved for use during the furlough period must be cancelled. An excepted employee who is absent from duty during the shutdown must be furloughed during such an absence. ..."

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Alleged missile developer to the Hamas terrorist group indicted

Palestinian engineer Abu Sisi indicted with missile development and terror charges

"...BE'ER SHEVA, ISRAEL (BNO NEWS) -- Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu Sisi on Monday was indicted for being an alleged missile developer to the Hamas terrorist group in southern Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported. ..."

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Monday, April 4, 2011

U.S. Navy taking on Missile Defense Mission

Missile Defense Becomes A Navy Mission

" is equipped with an improved version of Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat system that enables it to intercept the kinds of ballistic missiles Iran’s radical Islamic government has been developing. ..."

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