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Littoral Combat Ship in crosshairs

Defense Systems News

Littoral Combat Ship Will Be Modified If Not Replaced

National Defense Magazine reports that after authorizing construction of at least twenty littoral combat ships, the Navy may soon dramatically change course on its decade-long, multi-billion dollar experiment to build a relatively inexpensive surface combatant.

Lockheed disappointed in F-35 setback, remains optimistic

Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

Norway pushes JSM to F-35 customers

Turks Seeking C-130 Upgrade Deals Abroad

F-35s Flying In Restricted Envelope

Senate Panel OKs Pentagon Spending Bill, But Its Fate Is Uncertain

DoD: New Counterterror Account Needed for Helicopters, ISR

USAF Seeks Space Launch Proposals From Industry

Costly Fighters, Cash-Poor Customers Set Fighter Trends

U.S. Air Force lacks clear plan to link F-22 and F-35 operationally

BAE Bullish Army Will Buy APKWS

Strained Pentagon Relationship With Vendors Getting Worse

   

Inside the Beltway

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The Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a forum to discuss the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstration (TD) program and its relationship to the Service’s nascent Future Vertical Lift (FVL) plans.  On hand at the forum was the Army’s JMR/FLV Program Manager Dan Bailey, industry representatives from the four JMR-TD Phase leads and perhaps 100 attendees from Government and industry.  Key JMR program news and take-aways from DSJ are provided here....

Defense Systems Personnel

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Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, left, Adm. Bill Gortney, center, and Gen. John Campbell, right.

 
Defense News notes that the Pentagon on Tuesday announced a major change at the top of its training, counterterrorism and homeland security efforts, naming new heads US Special Operations and Northern Command, along with a new leader of the NATO force in Afghanistan:

-- Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated to lead US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. He would replace Army Gen. Charles Jacoby. 

-- Army Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army, has been nominated to lead the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who has been nominated to be the next Marine Corps commandant.

-- Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel has been nominated to receive a fourth star and to take over US Special Operations Command. He is the head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He would replace Adm. William McRaven, who is retiring.

   

Defense Systems Video

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Defense Update notes that Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled a new micro-UAV at May 's AUVSI 2014 – the ArrowLite. The vehicle was designed, developed and manufactured by IAI’s US subsidiary Stark Aerospace, with support from the Program Manager for Tactical Operations Support (PM TOS), Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). CTTSO awarded Stark a contract to develop the system for use by special operations and counter terrorism small tactical units of dominance. 13 systems, consisting of 39 air vehicles, associated ground support equipment, and spares have been delivered to date.  See the flashy video here...