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Looking For Answers To The UCLASS Mystery

Av Week's Bill Sweetman opines on what appears to be emerging from the shadows in the Navy's UCLASS program.

US Navy officials upbeat about new uses for Tomahawk missile

Flight Global reports that US Navy officials say new uses for existing munitions, as demonstrated with two recent novel deployments of the Raytheon BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile, should be sought as cost effective alternatives to expensive and time consuming development programmes.

Airbus works to get troubled A400M back on track

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

HASC Chairman Thornberry: At Least $566B for DoD

Italian Air Force First To Buy HammerHead UAV

Pentagon Comptroller: No Alternate Sequester Budget in '16

SECAF James: RD-180 Replacement Deadline Tight

Deputy CNO: China Outnumbers U.S. in Attack Submarines

What the new Drone Export Policy Really Means


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The inter-agency Countering Terrorism Tactical Support Office (CTTSO) recently released its annual Broad Agency Annoucement (BAA).  CTTSO's mission is to identify and develop capabilities to combat terrorism and irregular adversaries and to deliver these capabilities to DoD components and interagency partners through rapid research and development, advanced studies and technical innovation, and provision of support to U.S. military operations. Per CTTSO's protocol, quad charts are due from industry by 20 March 2015.  The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) recently released a long-expected solicitation for a best value procurement of world-wide Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System(s) III (MEUAS III) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services.  USSOCOM anticipates the award of one or two Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) MEUAS III contracts for UAS ISR services supporting Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel and missions world-wide. The contract(s) will include a 54-month Period of Performance (POP), with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one 6-month ordering period.  Current/incumbent (MEUAS II) contractors are Insitu (Boeing) and AAI (Textron).

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Fox News reports that the Senate on Thursday, 19 February confirmed Dr. Ashton Carter (60) as Secretary of Defense by a vote of 93-5. Carter will replace Chuck Hagel and will be Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years.  Carter served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during President Clinton's first term, from 1993 to 1996, responsible for policy regarding the former Soviet states, strategic affairs, and nuclear weapons policy. He was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics from April 2009 to October 2011, with responsibility for procurement of all technology, systems, services, and supplies, bases and infrastructure, energy and environment, and more than $50 billion annually in R&D. He was then Deputy Secretary of Defense from October 2011 to December 2013, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the DOD overseeing more than $600 billion per year and 2.4 million civilian and military personnel, and managing global 24/7 operations. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate for both the number-two and number-three Pentagon positions.   

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An U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system flew in for display at the Australian International Air Show at Avalon Air Port, Australia, on February 21st. This is the first time the aircraft has flown in for display at an international air show and the first time it has been operated from a commercial airport in Australia. Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown marked the event on February 22nd in a press conference in Melbourne.