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100421 AOS Newsletter

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Arming Commercial Vessels to Combat Piracy ? : Navy Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald, commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa and of NATO’s Allied Joint Task Force Command Naples, told Pentagon reporters that the scope of the piracy problem is too great to be policed by military vessels alone and suggested  that commercial vessels should arm themselves when traveling through pirate-infested […]

DRS system for Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier : DRS Consolidated Controls Inc., a DRS Defense Solutions LLC business unitn a Finmeccanica Company, announced that it has been awarded a contract by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to design, qualify and manufacture the Gate Valve Actuator Controllers (GVAC) for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). […]

Sikorsky, Lockheed team to bid for US presidential helicopter : Former rivals Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) said they would join forces in a follow-on U.S. Navy presidential helicopter competition even as Lockheed continued to negotiate a settlement over termination of the previous program. Under the teaming agreement, […]

Dutch ATC Systems integrated COMSOFT’s ARTAS, RMD and RRR into their Air Operation Control Station (AOCS) : Last month the Royal Air Force of The Netherlands (RNLAF) integrated further innovative COMSOFT equipment into their existing topology. The replacement of the affected predecessor systems are part of the customer’s drive to modernise their two ATC systems […]

DHS: Improved Standards to Protect Federal Facilities : Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  announced two enhancements to federal facility security—initiatives that further strengthen the Department’s ability to protect thousands of government buildings across the United States […]

Volcanic ash drifts over Europe – Monitoring of flights at home via ADS-B : All flights into and out of the Europe have been suspended because of a cloud of volcanic ash high up in the atmosphere. FlightRadar24 has a network of 100 ADS-B receivers around the world that picks up info […]

DEFENSE AND NON-PROLIFERATION : U.S.-EU HIGHLIGHTS : Global Leaders Endorse Securing of All Nuclear Material by 2014 – Following two days of meetings in Washington, leaders from around the world agreed to take tangible and meaningful steps to secure the world’s nuclear materials. President Obama, […]

LCS: proposal from Lockheed Martin : The Lockheed Martin-led industry team submitted its proposal for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fiscal year 2010-2014 contract to the U.S. Navy today. Lockheed Martin is one of two industry teams competing for the 10 ships contract. […]

Lessons Learned: 8.8M$ to ManTech Co. : ManTech Awarded $8.8M from NATO to Support Analysis of Worldwide Operations Will Support the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre in Monsanto, Portugal and Worldwide. They received a five-year contract from NATO’s SACT to support their Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC). The JALLC is NATO’s lead agency for the analysis of operations, […]

Secretary Michael Chertoff, BAE Systems and the Whole-Body Scanners affair: $3 billion over the next eight years : Secretary Michael Chertoff Joins BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors The Honorable Michael Chertoff has joined the BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors. As a member of the Board, Secretary Chertoff will provide oversight and strategic counsel, further ensuring that BAE Systems, Inc. is well positioned to meet current and future customer requirements in the defense […]

Aptima’s Software to Support U.S. Navy’s Distributed, Multi-simulator Training : As net centric warfare changes the nature of air and combat operations, the U.S. Navy is modernizing its aviation training, combining its various simulators into a unified platform to better replicate […]

Taliban Pushes France for Detainee Swap : France’s Foreign Ministry said Monday it was consulting with the families of two French TV journalists taken hostage in Afghanistan, after the Taliban demanded that France lean on Afghan and U.S. officials for a prisoner-hostage exchange. In a statement e-mailed to news organizations, the Taliban said they submitted a list of “ordinary detainees” – meaning not […]

SAIC: 84M$ to Support Naval Air Systems Command : Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to support the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Corporate Operations and Comptroller Offices with a full […]

USS Ashland Captures Pirates : Three events over the past ten days have allowed the U.S. Navy to capture a total of 21 suspected pirates. […]

HAITI: OAS Assistant Secretary General leads mission to Haiti : Assistant Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, will lead a six-member mission to Haiti at the request of the Rene Préval government. (see also in the full story ”the five lessons” 091201 Chertoff) […]

Half of New York City’s subway cameras do not work : There are 4,313 subway security cameras on platforms and in the tunnels of the New York City’s subway system; trouble is, only 2,270 work; the other 2,043 cameras do not; the problem of missing video came to light after two men were stabbed to death on the subway early Sunday — and there was no […]

CG Rescues, Repatriates 119 Haitians : The Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Seneca repatriated 119 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti Friday, after they were interdicted at sea. While on a routine patrol, Coast Guard Cutters Tornado and Key Biscayne […]

EADS NA and Infoterra: 85M$ contract to supply radar satellite data for intelligence, military and homeland security : EADS North America has received a five-year contract to provide commercial radar satellite data to the U.S. government’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) […]

Danish tanker escaped a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden : A Danish tanker escaped a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden after a French patrolling aircraft forced the Somali attackers to flee, the multi-national anti-piracy force said Monday. The tanker MV Torm Ragnhild sent a distress call after pirates on two skiffs fired rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at it along an “internationally recommended transit […]

Sierra Leone-flagged tanker under attack by Somali Pirates : During the attack, the pirates fired rifles and aimed rocket propelled grenades at the vessel in an attempt to force it to stop. The Flagship of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, USS Farragut (DDG 99), intercepted suspected pirates in the Somali Basin yesterday. The Sierra Leone-flagged tanker MV Evita came under attack 500 km north-west of the […]

“Italy was right decision” interview to Mark S. Newman, DRS CEO : The marriage between Finmeccanica and DRS Technologies, the U.S. military electronics company bought in 2008 for 3.7 billion euro is successful, although there is still much to do. Moreover Rome was not built in a day, “says the CEO of DRS, Mark S. Newman, who, after having sold his block of shares to Finmeccanica, making […]

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