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President Obama and SECDEF Hagel shake hands as Hagel is shown the door

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down

While the White House portrayed Hagel's abrupt departure as a mutually agreed decision with Obama, the officials described a succession of worsening problems, including most recently Hagel's arguing for a more defined strategy to combat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a leaked memo.  Knowledgeable officials said the defense secretary was, in essence, fired.


Hagel SECDEF Successor Could Be First Female Pentagon Chief

Pentagon Policy, Budget Issues Not Likely to Change in Wake of Hagel Firing

Northrop Grumman Supports US Air Force Minuteman Missile Test Launch

New Drone Rules May Require Commercial Flyers to Have License

Brazil requires 'at least' 108 Gripen fighters

UK Confirms First F-35 Orders

McCain Emerges as Last Hope to Avert Sequester

Meeting to Appoint New Thales Chairman Postponed

Israeli Panel Rejects Proposed Increase Of F-35

Chenevert Departs In UTC Leadership Shift

Japan will purchase 17 V-22 Osprey tiltrotors

New F-35 Prices: A: $95M; B: $102M; C: $116M

Firms scramble to dethrone Lockheed in international F-16 market


Defense Systems Personnel


Wynne Named President and CEO of AUVSI 
Brian Wynne has been named president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, succeeding the retiring Michael Toscano on 12 January 2015.   Wynne is currently president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a post he has held since April 2004. The organization promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles and infrastructure.  Previously, Wynne held a senior leadership role at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and was CEO of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany. Michael Toscano has headed AUVSI since 2008, following a distinguished career of more than 30 years in the Department of Defense. 

Defense Systems Intelligence 


Digital Mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cloud-Based Geo-Analytics & Geo-Data Exploitation for Defence & Homeland Security
Phenomenal advances in technologies like cloud and 3D modelling, together with increased availability of high-quality, high-accuracy geospatial data especially from space-based remote sensing satellites, are propelling the market for governmental GEOINT solutions forward into a very exciting future.

  Grounded in a comprehensive analysis of the aspects described above, this new report's examination of the global governmental spending on GEOINT Solutions for defence and homeland security reveals a market worth $9.7 billion in 2014. The coming decade will see governments around the world scrambling to acquire GEOINT capabilities on increasingly higher scales, to ensure they stay on top in the ‘information superiority’ race. At the moment, outside the US this is a relatively young market, at the very beginning of a period of large international expansion over the next ten years.  For more details, click here...

Defense Systems Video


An F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, made an arrested landing aboard a flattop today, an important milestone both in the development of the stealth fighter and in naval aviation history.  Navy footage of the 3 November maiden carrier trap is here.....