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<p><B>NASHUA, N.H., 18 March 2014.</B> Potentially dangerous cuts in military research, a software upgrade for NASA mission control, and the end in sight for development of the next-generation anti-ship missile highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.</p>  <p>Each week the Military & Aerospace Electronics exclusive Rapid Fire interview at Google Hangouts highlights and discusses the top three stories of this week, chosen by John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics.</p>

Research cuts, a new anti-ship missile, and NASA software upgrades this week on Rapid fire

Mar 19, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 19 March 2014. Potentially dangerous cuts in military research, a software upgrade for NASA mission control, and the end in sight for development of the next-generation anti-ship missile highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Military research spending continues to trend down; when do we risk a budget cut too far?

Mar 18, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 March 2014. Cutting-edge U.S. military technology relies increasingly on innovations in commercial industry. We know this because the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget earmarked for military technology research and development is on a long downward slide.

Demonstration of new anti-ship missile nears end with $175 million contract to Lockheed Martin

Mar 18, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 March 2014. A U.S. military research program to develop an advanced anti-ship missile to replace the ageing Harpoon missile is nearing the end of its demonstration phase, and the program to develop and deploy the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) should switch over to the U.S. Navy by early 2016.

Navy orders two Burke-class destroyer warships

Navy orders two Burke-class destroyer warships from two manufacturers in deals worth $1.24 billion

Mar 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, 17 March 2014. U.S. Navy shipbuilding authorities are ordering two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers packed with a wide variety of anti-aircraft and anti-submarine sensors and weapons under terms of two contracts announced Friday worth a collective one and a quarter billion dollars.

L3 picked for fast battlefield data networking

L3 researchers to develop technology to extend Internet connectivity to the front lines

Mar 16, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 March 2014. Military communications experts at L-3 Communication Systems-West in Salt Lake City will develop technology to extend high-speed Internet services to U.S. Army and Marine Corps infantrymen operating on the front lines beyond the reach even of forward-operating bases (FOBs) and tactical operations centers (TOCs).

Exelis wins $91.7 million Navy jet EW contract

Exelis to provide 42 airborne electronic warfare systems to U.S. Navy in $91.7 million contract

Mar 14, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 14 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Exelis Electronic Systems segment in Clifton, N.J., will provide the U.S. Navy with 42 sophisticated EW systems designed to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles.

Tietronix to advance NASA mission software

NASA chooses Tietronix to perform software research and maintenance at mission control

Mar 13, 2014

HOUSTON, 13 March 2014. Mission control specialists at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston needed advanced software programming to support the agency's Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) and human spaceflight programs at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. They found their solution from Tietronix Software Inc. in Houston.

Covert laser designators keep weapons on target

Northrop Grumman to supply Special Forces with lightweight laser target designators

Mar 12, 2014

CRANE, Ind., 12 March 2014. Laser targeting experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Laser Systems segment in Apoka, Fla., will provide U.S. Special Forces with specialized laser target designator viewing devices under terms of a $12.3 million U.S. Navy contract announced Monday.

Vanished Malaysia 370: anybody know what happened to that plane?

Mar 11, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 March 2014. So where's that airplane?

I'd like to say I'm no conspiracy theorist, but the longer there's no hard evidence -- ANY evidence -- of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the more likely it is that I'll succumb.

Is AESA radar in the future of B-1 and B-52?

Air Force considering AESA radar upgrades for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

Mar 11, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 11 March 2014. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are considering upgrading the Air Force fleet of B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress long-range jet bombers with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to improve bomber surveillance and targeting capability.

Intelligence tries to reason with uncertainty

Intelligence researchers try to focus on the big picture as significant events unfold

Mar 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, 11 March 2014. U.S. intelligence experts are asking industry for ideas on how to identify and track unfolding events and the people involved that could have significant influence on national security.

Artificial intelligence to counter adaptive EW

Lockheed Martin to field-test artificial intelligence to counter adaptive electronic warfare

Mar 10, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 10 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will field-test a prototype artificial intelligence system designed to counter adaptive wireless communications threats under terms of an upcoming sole-source contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Pentagon drone spending to reach $2.45 billion

Pentagon plans to spend $2.45 billion next year on UAVs for surveillance and attack

Mar 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, 9 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and the experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance And Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

Raytheon tapped for airborne multispectral sensors

Raytheon wins two contracts to provide multispectral sensors for search helicopters and turboprops

Mar 7, 2014

CRANE, Ind., 7 March 2014. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, won two contracts late Thursday worth a collective $22.9 million to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Military spending for electronics and communications stable after steep decline

Mar 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, 7 March 2014. Leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) propose spending $10.67 billion in federal fiscal year 2015 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

Pentagon to spend $6 billion on C4I in 2015

Pentagon plans to spend $6 billion on C4I next year to support radio networking to the edge

Mar 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, 6 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $6 billion next year for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems in efforts to network sensors, shooters, command, control, and intelligence activities, Pentagon officials announced this week.

Army focusing on counter-UAV weapons

Army considers counter-UAV weapons; surveys industry for promising enabling technologies

Mar 6, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 6 March 2014. U.S. Army aerial warfare experts are turning their attention to the threats of enemy attack and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and how to counter potentially hostile unmanned aircraft.

Elbit to provide cards for AH-64 targeting

Elbit to provide spare circuit cards for Apache helicopter helmet-mounted targeting system

Mar 6, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 6 March 2014. U.S. military aviation experts needed spare electronic circuit cards for the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) of the U.S. Army Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

Boeing gets $1.2 billion AH-64E helicopter order

Army orders 82 advanced AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters in $1.2 billion contract to Boeing

Mar 5, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 5 March 2014. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) will provide 82 of the latest-version AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the U.S. Army under terms of a $1.2 billion contract announced late Tuesday.

2015 DOD budget, unmanned vehicle experiments, RF and microwave merger this week on Rapid Fire

Mar 5, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 5 March 2014. First look at the fiscal 2015 DOD budget request, unmanned vehicle experiments for dangerous areas, and a big union of RF and microwave companies highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Procurement, RDT&E, hit hard in 2015 DOD budget

First look: fiscal 2015 DOD budget hits procurement and research hard

Mar 4, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 March 2014. Today was the day for release of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget request for fiscal 2015, and it looks like tough sledding for another year in the electronics-heavy procurement and research accounts.

Military eyes Special Forces radio headsets

Army researchers reach out to industry for ideas on next-generation Special Forces radio headsets

Mar 4, 2014

NATICK, Mass., 4 March 2014. U.S. Army researchers are looking into new technologies for next-generation tactical communications headsets and push-to-talk (PTT) controls for Special Operations warfighters, and are asking industry experts for their best ideas. Companies interested should respond by 10 March 2014.

Radar helps UAVs sense and avoid other aircraft

SRCTec to build ground-based radars to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

Mar 3, 2014

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 3 March 2014. U.S. Army surveillance experts are asking SRCTec Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., to provide ground-based radar systems that enable military officials to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in controlled civil airspace without a chase plane or ground observer.

Aculight to move laser weapons forward

Aculight gets long-delayed contract for a 60-kilowatt laser to shoot down rockets, mortars, UAVs

Mar 3, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 3 March 2014. Laser weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Aculight in Bothell, Wash., won a long-delayed contract Friday to develop a 60-kilowatt fiber laser module for a truck-mounted laser weapon system intended to shoot down enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), rockets, artillery rounds, and mortars.

Boeing gets order for 3,500 laser guidance kits to turn dumb bombs into smart munitions

Mar 2, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 March 2014. Precision-guidance munitions experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis will provide 3,500 laser-guidance sections for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) under terms of a $49.8 million contract modification announced late last week.

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