1104 AOS April Brief

30 April, 2011, AOS Brief  is a service featuring some of the most interesting news and articles which highlight transatlantic commonalities in response to Homeland Defense and Security issues, for mutual benefits in sharing approaches, technologies and solutions
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AgustaWestland & DiSTI Corporation: Innovative iPad aircraft cockpit training emulator

The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of advanced graphical user interface technology, has been supporting AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, in the development of an innovative mobile application for aviation training, using the GL Studio iDevices Toolkit.
Beginning with the iPad, AgustaWestland is developing a range of mobile applications to improve the flexibility and effectiveness of […]

Top Five Reasons Weapons Programs Are Canceled

Forbes loves lists. The richest counties. The worst cars. The priciest colleges. In nearly a year of blogging for Forbes, though, I haven’t managed to produce a single list about national security, the topic about which I usually write.
Clearly, this oversight needs to be corrected. But what should my list be about? The biggest […]

AgustaWestland Competes for USAF Programs

The U.S. Air Force has announced it is moving forward with a competition for the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform and HH-60 recapitalization programs and AgustaWestland North America is prepared to participate and compete for both programs “two separate but important missions,” said AgustaWestland North America’s Chief Executive Officer, R. Scott Rettig. “We plan to […]

Admiral Thad W. Allen, joins SELEX Galileo Inc. BoD

Former Commandant of the USCG, Retired Admiral Thad W. Allen, joins SELEX Galileo Inc. BoD bringing 38 years of leadership experience in the US defense sector to the Company The SELEX Galileo Inc. board of directors announced that Retired Admiral Thad Allen, previously Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), accepted an appointment to […]

DoD ‘Should-Cost’ and “Will-Cost” estimating strategy

The Pentagon will implement a new cost estimating strategy on 14 major acquisition programs in an attempt to make the weapons’ projected price tags more realistic and save money, according to a April 22 Department of Defense (DoD) memo obtained by Inside Defense.com. “These programs will be used to communicate and demonstrate to other DoD […]

Bulgaria to Spend 1 Billion € on Mil Equipment

Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov has announced an ambitious military investment plan until 2020. Photo by BGNES Bulgaria plans to spend 2 billion Lev (1 BEuro) by 2020 to acquire military equipment that meets the requirements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization according to the investment plan of the Defense
Ministry Anyu Angelov made […]

US DoD May Buy Weapons In Advance For Partner Nations

FMS sales of U.S. weapons to foreign nations is projected to exceed $46 billion in fiscal year 2011, which ends Sept. 30. Equipment includes Lockheed Martin [LMT] C-130Js transport planes, Boeing [BA] C-17 cargo haulers, and Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, as well as drone aircraft, missile-defense systems, and intelligence, and surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment. […]

Army & Apple Discuss Hand-Held Solutions for Soldiers

The Army’s research and development command is evaluating commercial hand-held solutions such as iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac, and MacBook platforms. Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general and key members of his staff met Apple, Inc. to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations. Apple officials talked

Europe, US Negotiate Data-Sharing Agreement Amid Controversy

The United States and European Union have begun formal negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information they exchange while fighting crime and terrorism. But the talks in Hungary also underscored that differences remain over how far the information exchange can go. American officials attended the U.S. European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministerial meeting […]

Saab NA: 41M USD for Advanced Training Systems to the U.S. Army

Saab North America has secured a long-term framework agreement with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). The framework agreement covers radio systems for communication (LT2-IRS) for live training with a potential total sum of approximately 41 MUSD. The framework agreement covers the production and fielding of seven radio based […]

EADS Expands in NA

EADS North America announced that it has further integrated and expanded the company’s Space and related product activities in the U.S., supporting government agencies, private sector customers and academia. The line of business (LOB) will be led by John Schumacher, who will serve as Vice President, Space line of business. “John Schumacher brings decades of demonstrated […]

Joint simulation system for German Armed Forces, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance

CAE Elektronik GmbH announced that the German Armed Forces and German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) have started using the CAE GESI constructive simulation system – known in Germany under the name SIRA – jointly for civil-military emergency management training and as part of emergency management simulation exercises. For more than […]

FEMA’s International Programs and Activities

See also in https://www.aofs.org/hs-bilateral-agreements-us/ the text of some HS bilateral agreements. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): FEMA supports the Department of State and other U.S. departments and agencies’ engagement in APEC’s Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) by providing emergency management subject matter expertise and by participating in annual meetings of the EPWG’s Disaster Management Senior Official’s […]

Finmeccanica merger of Elsag Datamat and SELEX Communications

Finmeccanica’s Board of Directors has decided the merger of Elsag Datamat and SELEX Communications. The transaction is in line with the company’s plan, launched in 2010, to upgrade its industrial assets in the Defense and Security Electronics sector, and is aimed at creating a centre of expertise at Group […]

Android And iOS Apps For Military Drone Control Being Developed

The military is looking into building apps on the Android and iOS platforms to let soldiers use cheaper, commercial products out in the field. The plan is that these commercial products like iPad or Android tablets will be employed to help with reconnaissance. Soldiers could send valuable information to command units