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Trump Takes NDAA Victory Lap, But 2020 Looms « Breaking Defense

President Trump debarks Marine One. The fleet of VH-3 helicopters is old. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump took a victory lap Monday at Fort Drum as he signed the 2019 defense authorization bill. While running through a laundry list of “brand new, beautiful” tanks, planes, ships and helicopters that the $717 …

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Israel Sees Five Eyes As Closed Door To Arms Sales « Breaking Defense

Australia’s airborne early warning E-7A Wedgetail by Boeing TEL AVIV: Exclusive clubs tend to hide behind closed doors. The Five Eyes is the most exclusive club — one whose door is closed to Israeli companies trying to sell their systems to European countries any time an American company is in …

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It’s Raytheon Vs. Dynetics/Lockheed For Army’s 100 kW Laser « Breaking Defense

Army’s 100 kW laser truck to kill drones and incoming rockets, artillery, & mortars, the HEL-TVD. (Dynetics/Lockheed concept) SPACE & MISSILE DFENSE SYMPOSIUM, HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: The US Army has narrowed down to two teams — with very different approaches — who will build a 100 kilowatt laser to shoot down …

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Pence: ‘We Must Have American Dominance In Space’ « Breaking Defense

Vice President Pence announces Space Command, Space Force at the Pentagon WASHINGTON: The Trump administration appears to have gone far beyond what the most ardent congressional advocates for a Space Force wanted, calling for creation of both a US Space Command and a US Space Force. Here’s the crucial language …

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Stop Wasting Time So We Can Beat China: DoD R&D Boss, Griffin « Breaking Defense

Mike Griffin SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM: How much of a military-industrial rock star is Mike Griffin? Well, the former NASA director turned Pentagon R&D chief can call tell a room full of defense contractors and officials they’re wasting everyone’s money and time AND get a standing ovation. “It is …

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Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done: DoD R&D Chief Griffin « Breaking Defense

Hypersonic weapon (Raytheon concept) SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM.: Some 35 years after Ronald Reagan’s famous Star Wars speech, the Pentagon’s R&D chief said that space-based missile defenses are technically feasible and reasonably affordable. Since Reagan’s day, technology has advanced enough that putting both sensors and shooters in space is …

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Detect Nukes In Flight With Electron Beam Technology « Breaking Defense

Minuteman III ICBM “reentry vehicle” (which carries the nuclear warhead) reentering the atmosphere. A decoy warhead would seem identical on radar but would look very different to a neutron beam. SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM, HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: Imagine a technology that could detect roadside bombs and landmines buried underground, pick …

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Nuke Sub Launch Tube Problems Found: ‘Warning Flags Are Up’ « Breaking Defense

An Ohio-class nuclear missile submarine (SSBN). WASHINGTON: The Navy has discovered problems with the welds on 12 nuclear missile launch tubes, some for America’s $122.3 billion Columbia-class submarine program and others for the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought submarines. The issue is serious enough that Rep. Joe Courtney, top Democrat on the House …

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Army Boosts Electronic Warfare Numbers, Training, Role « Breaking Defense

The Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, checks out a cyber/electronic warfare unit at the National Training Center. AUSA: The Army is giving its electronic warfare force more troops, more training, and a more prominent role in combat headquarters, senior officers said here Thursday, pushing back on criticisms that …

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Turn Off Your Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch GPS NOW! « Breaking Defense

Today, the threat is less obvious. It comes from those Apple Watches, Garmins, Fitbits, custom smartwatches and other remote sensors that track your location and share it with remote databases. “These geolocation capabilities can expose personal information, locations, routines, and numbers of DoD personnel, and potentially create unintended security consequences …

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