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A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

Defense Systems News

Teal Group Forecasts Continued Growth in Global UAV Market

Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

Obama to Issue Executive Order on Drones

Raytheon Enters New Phase of Next Generation Radar Development

LCS to Conduct Test of Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile

Buk Missile System Lethal, But Undiscriminating

Army Hates To Take Guard Apaches, But It Must Happen'

Comprehensive MEADS Network Tests Demonstrate Unmatched Plug-and-Fight Missile Defense Capabilities

ATD-X Emerges Amid Japanese Fighter Choices

Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

K-MAX RoboCopter Comes Home To Uncertain Future

Boeing Secures Agreement to Sell Parts to Iran


Defense Industry News

US defense firms raise profit forecast in tight spending backdrop

DoD: Defense Firms to see $26 billion more in outlays by 30 September

Tanker charge tarnishes Boeing's second-quarter profit

Boeing: Worth $150/share Despite Messy Earnings

Raytheon Reports Solid Second Quarter 2014 Results

GD CEO Phebe Novakovic on Q2 2014 Results Earnings Call


Defense Systems Opportunities

Army requests information for Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) Platform Performance Demonstration (PPD)

NGIA seeks GeoSAR Orthorectified X-Band and P-Band Airborne Radar Imagery


Inside the Beltway


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

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

 Defense News notes that the Pentagon on recently 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 Conference


IDGA/IQPC's UAS Commercialization Industry Conference (UASCIC) will bring together a group of early adopters, government officials, industry partners and expert academia to discuss their current trials, future requirements, extensive capabilities, and forthcoming plans to leverage Unmanned Aerial Systems in commercial markets.  To be held 17-19 November 2014 in Washington DC, all of the details are here.