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Northrop Grumman's CIRCM module (inset) is based on a multiwatt quantum cascade laser. (NGC)

Northrop Grumman bests BAE Systems for CIRCM Production Contract

The Pentagon announced on 28 August that Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. was awarded a $35.3 million contract with options for engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program.  Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 28, 2017.  Two bids were received.

USAF F-22s Arrive In Europe

Russias hypersonic scramjet experiment could fly by 2019

US Army To Choose New Landing Craft Next Year

USA approves potential $3 billion Apache upgrade for UK

DoD Invests in Flexible Tech in California

Russian Helicopters launches unmanned tiltrotor concept

Pentagon Preps Continuing Resolution List for Congress

TARDEC Leader: Army Needs Innovative Truck Technology

Pentagon Awards Deal for Wearable Devices in Silicon Valley Push

Oshkosh Defense Wins Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Contract


Defense Systems Opportunity


U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command to Solict Industry on UH-1N Huey Replacement

Air Force Magazine notes that the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command will host an industry day in late August to solicit information on potential solutions for replacing Air Force Global Strike Command's (AFGSC's) fleet of aging UH-1N Huey helicopters, according to a recent DoD contracting notice. The event, planned for August 26-27 at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, will provide contractors information on a forthcoming capabilities request for information that will detail requirements for the new helicopter. The USAF wants to buy up 72 new helicopters, which are used by security forces at AFGSC bases to respond to incidents, protect facilities, and patrol the vast Minuteman III missile fields at the command's bases, among other tasks. The new helicopter will be an off-the-shelf, in-production aircraft, according to the industry day announcement posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the former commander of AFGSC, said this past January in a roundtable discussion with reporters that the service is leaning toward purchasing a modified version of UH-60 Black Hawks to replace the Hueys. Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick told Air Force Magazine the service wants to award a contract in 2017.

Defense Systems Personnel


U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford confirmed as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Carroll Publishing/Government News reports that U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., was confirmed as the Chairman of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Chiefs of Staff by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, according to Military Times. According to the Times: Dunford has been the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant for the past year. He was confirmed as the Joint Chiefs Chairman without opposition. Earlier in the week of July 26-August 1, 2015, U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva was confirmed as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Air Force Gen. Darren McDew was confirmed to succeed Selva as the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command. Dunford succeeds current Joint Chiefs Chairman U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who is scheduled to retire in the fall of 2015 after four years as Chairman. Officials told The Washington Post that Dunford, a Boston-area native and infantry officer, was a proven combat leader who had distinguished himself as the Commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014, as foreign forces shifted responsibility for fighting the Taliban to Afghan troops. Dunford also commanded a Marine regiment early in the Iraq war, the Post said. According to the Post: Dunford earned the nickname “Fighting Joe” while leading the 5th Marine Regiment as it became the first conventional force to cross into Iraq during the U.S. invasion there in March, 2003. His Marines advanced north up Highway 1 from Kuwait, fighting a number of bloody battles while facing problems with weather and limited resources. Twelve Marines were killed and more than 120 were wounded in about a month, according to a Marine Corps unit history. Dunford, known as an intellectual and a soft-spoken leader, did not attend the U.S. Naval Academy like many Marine officers. Instead, he studied at Saint Michael’s, a small Catholic college in Vermont, and later received master’s degrees from Georgetown University and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

SOCOM Leadership identifies material needs

Rear Admiral Brian T. Losey

The current Special Operations Commanders from each of the Military Services outlined at SOFIC 2015 their perspectives on the capabilities and solutions that they need from industry.  While there was an expected focus on smaller, faster, cheaper, there were some unconventional perspectives as well.   All of the details are here, but highlights included:

  • Lt. General Charles T. Cleveland, who leads the Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), stressed the imperative for his organization to develop partnerships with industry so close that industry understands current and emerging SOF needs and can advance these solutions within the SOF community.  
  • Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who heads the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), opened his remarks by observing that "Our customer is the enemy... and we deliver violence to that customer."
  • Rear Admiral Brian T. Losey, who heads the Navy Special Operations Command (NAVSOC), stressed the usual need for “cheaper-faster-smaller” systems and particularly the need for “partnerability” to be built into systems where SOF partners, including “less than secure” partners, can use these systems, or variants thereof.  
  • Maj. Gen Joseph L. Osterman, who directs the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), spoke of the imperative for his organization to take steps in the cyber domain and to more aggressively exploit social media opportunities.

CSBA Seeks to fill Positions


The non-partisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is seeking to fill three positions:  Senior Fellow for Defense Budget and Resourcing Studies, Director of External Affairs, and Public Affairs Officer.  
Full details on the positions and application procedures are here -- http://csbaonline.org/about/careers/