Rapid Fire: Evening 2011-06-16
- In an address to the Center for Strategic Decision Research’s 28th International Workshop on Global Security, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn outlined the Defense Industrial Base Cyber Pilot. The program will enable the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to share classified information with participating defense companies to help them defend their computer networks from attack.
- Reuters reports that new versions of the malware that infiltrated the computer system of the U.S. Central Command in 2008 are still infecting U.S. networks.
- Former UK Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind says the country should improve its overall response to state sponsored cyber-attacks.
- Israeli defense exports reached $7.2 billion in 2010, an increase on $6.9 billion for the previous year.
- The US Army is pursuing a 2-track future rifle strategy: its Individual Carbine competition; and the possibility of simply competing M4 Carbine buys, now that they own the data rights.
- Boeing has scored a big C-17 sale in India, but Flight International reports that “Arab Spring” unrest has delayed both Kuwait’s cleared C-17 purchase, and Qatar’s interest in adding 2 more C-17s to its fleet.
- Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin’s 3rd & 4th of 6 ordered Indian Special Forces C-130J-30 tactical transports take off for India.
- The US Navy’s new AARGM radar-killer missiles have begun testing on its new EA-18G Growler electronic warfare fighters.
- Boeing’s Phantom Eye high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned airborne system completes 12 days of tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- India and China are to resume military ties one year after they were suspended due to a visa dispute.
- UAS Vision reports on the second day of the European UAS Conference, 2011. Brazil’s use of UAS to safeguard its borders and reports from Afghanistan are among the topics up for discussion.
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