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GEOINT 2015 Coverage

Space News Coverage of GEOINT 2015 Symposium

Space News reports that the Geoint 2015 Symposium (June 22-25 in Washington DC) features the usual heavy hitters including the directors of the National Reconnaissance Office and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency  plus a number of other speakers and sessions of interest to a space-focused audience.

-- TerraGo to Showcase Collaborative Geospatial and GPS Technologies at GEOINT 2015

-- Spaceknow set to Launch an Intelligence-as-a-Service Product at GEOINT 2015 and announces CloudEO as new cooperation partner

-- Haystax Technology Demonstrates Next-Generation Insider Threat Detection at GEOINT 2015


Defense Systems News

Poland has selected Roboteam's MTGR as the reconnaissance robot for its ground forces.

MTGR Robot Joins the Polish Army

Oshkosh Lands $780 Million Contract to Refurbish Heavy Trucks

After Battlefield Wins, K-MAX Hovers to Commercial Market

No Sequestration 'Pretty Certain,' Work Says

The 21st Century Jeep: JLTV Race Hits Final Stretch

US report calls for dual-capable F-35C and tactical nukes

Luftwaffe A400M Cleared To Fly Again

Turkey Selects Engine To Power Light Helo

Embraer expands Super Tucano presence in Africa with Ghana sale

Mini Drones Spark Heightened Interest In Countering Threat

Major Contracts Awarded For New US Aircraft Carrier

Back To Basics For The F-35

SECDEF Carter To Seek Greater NATO Support On Europe Trip

Canada accepts first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones


Defense Systems Personnel


The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced Thursday that David F. Melcher will become its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 8, 2015.

“Dave is an exceptional leader who, with his balance of corporate and military experience, brings an outstanding record of executive achievement to AIA,” said AIA Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation, David L. Joyce. “With Dave’s guidance, AIA will continue to champion the aerospace and defense industry and its ability to advance innovation in civil aviation, space and defense.”

Melcher is well known in Washington and to AIA member companies. Most recently Melcher was Chief Executive Officer and President of Exelis Inc., a leading global aerospace, defense and information solutions company. In this role, he served four years as a member of AIA’s Executive and Finance Committees.  Following a 32-year career in the U.S. Army, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Melcher joined ITT Corporation first as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development and then as President, ITT Defense and Information Solutions, before becoming the inaugural chief executive at Exelis following its spinoff from ITT in Oct. 2011.  Melcher also led Exelis through its recent successful merger with Harris Corporation in May 2015.

Melcher has extensive program management, strategy development and finance experience, and worked closely with key leadership within the Army, Department of Defense, White House, and Congress.  His Army career highlights include battalion and brigade command in Infantry and Armored divisions, and high-level military leadership and staff positions.  As a general officer, he served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Military Deputy for Budget, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs (G8).  He also served as Commanding General of the Corps of Engineers – Southwest Division in Dallas.

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.