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Raytheon, DRS team for Army’s 3rd Generation IFLIR B-Kit – Military Technologies

TUCSON, Ariz. , April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Building on their combined platform integration experience, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN 1 ) and DRS Technologies have entered into a teaming agreement for the U.S. Army s 3rd Generation Improved Forward Looking Infrared program ( 3rd Gen IFLIR 2 ) B-Kit Raytheon and DRS have teamed to provide an IFLIR solution that provides our military supremacy in reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition, said Dr. Taylor Lawrence , president of Raytheon Missile Systems.

The 3rd Gen IFLIR program is critical to our military forces and necessary to sustain our soldier s combat advantage. The announcement follows the two companies previous effort on the 2nd Gen FLIR program which saw nearly 20,000 sensors fielded to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps during the last decade. With this effort, Raytheon and DRS will leverage our Horizontal Technology Integration experience and 3rd Gen focal plane array technology, said Michelle Lohmeier , vice president of Raytheon s Land Warfare Systems.

We offer a low-risk schedule and program plan to field this technology into land combat platforms. The Raytheon DRS team has delivered 2nd Gen FLIR technology to: The Army and our team have a strong track record of delivering state-of-the-art next generation FLIR technology on our nation s premiere ground vehicle combat platforms, said Sally Wallace , DRS C4ISR Group president. Our experience integrating a common FLIR across the Army s combat vehicle platforms is critical to synchronizing the Army s modernization strategy.

About DRS DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is a multiple recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.

About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

For more about Raytheon, visit us at 3 and follow us on Twitter @raytheon 4 . Media Contact John Eagles +1.502.364.6768 [email protected] 5 Source: PRNEWSWIRE Raytheon, DRS team for Army’s 3rd Generation IFLIR B-Kit 6 This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 2:00 pm and is filed under MarketWire 7 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 8 feed.

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Turkish military launch operation targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:13pm IST DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish security forces have launched an operation targeting shelters and stores believed to belong to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the military said on Tuesday, days after the group’s jailed leader called its armed struggle “unsustainable”. Teams in the southeastern Mardin province were looking for outposts of the group, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against Ankara. “Security forces are conducting an operation with five teams with the aim of identifying and destroying shelters and stores believed to belong to the separatist terrorist group in the Mazidag countryside of Mardin,” the military said in a statement. On Saturday jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan called for his group to hold a congress on ending its armed struggle, which he said had become “unsustainable”.

However, he stopped short of declaring an immediate end to the struggle.

President Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, launched talks with Ocalan in late 2012 to end an insurgency that has killed 40,000 people, ravaged the region’s economy and tarnished Turkey’s image abroad.

Progress has been faltering since then, but Kurdish faith in Ocalan remains undiminished.

Mobile mashup: The military’s proliferating mix of smartphones and tablets

Mobile Mobile mashup: The military s proliferating mix of smartphones and tablets By Terry Costlow Mar 23, 2015 The Air Force is using tablets as electronic flight bags to replace bulky paper-based maintenance and flight manuals. Smartphones and tablets are rapidly making their way into military operations, trimming costs and giving warfighters tightly focused capabilities. But these benefits raise a host of challenges, ranging from security and the need for ruggedization, to requirements for peripherals that link to devices designed for consumers, not soldiers.

Military leaders are endorsing the role of these handheld systems, though their implementation may evolve slowly, as technical specialists grapple with myriad issues. Military electronics have always been designed for specific roles and given to select personnel. Now, technology experts must grapple with the emerging bring your own device (BYOD) movement, in which rapidly-changing equipment from Apple and a range of Android suppliers must all be connected in compatible networks.

The spectrum of challenges is as varied as the systems themselves. Security and reliability are foremost among them. These traits span many fields, from supplying peripherals such as secure GPS receivers to securing equipment and managing apps developed by suppliers and warfighters.

Tablets and smartphones are self-contained devices that can be operated without additional hardware, but many military users will need peripherals that augment built-in equipment. For example, commercial equipment suppliers don t worry much about security when they incorporate GPS receivers. But military users need GPS data that s accurate and reliable.

Vendors are looking to meet that demand. Rockwell Collins, for example, has developed its Remote Secure Receiver 1 , which can turn a commercial device into a secure system that ensures that a warfighter s GPS information isn t being jammed or spoofed. The module, already being acquired by the Battlefield Airmen Office of the Air Force Special Operations Command, is designed to work with smart phones and tablets.

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Marines, sailors home from tense Mid-East float – U-T San Diego

About 4,500 Marines and sailors returned to San Diego recently after a tense, seven-month ship tour through the Middle East and Pacific. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and Camp Pendleton s 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit flew some of the first sorties of Operation Inherent Resolve. From their ranks came the first U.S.

service member killed in action against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria. In addition, the sailors and Marines steamed into the Middle East as Yemen teetered and built security alliances with nations such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Great Britain. As they traveled nearly 35,000 nautical miles and flew about 3,100 sorties, the Navy-Marine Corps unit also tested a new concept of embedding a special-operations liaison team aboard, lashing together multiple commands for worldwide operations.

U-T San Diego spoke with Col. Matthew Trollinger, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, about the deployment. The following is an edited version of that conversation: Q: What made this tour intense?

A: The entire time we were in 5th Fleet and the Central Command area of operations (the Middle East and South Asia), the better part of four months, we were on some form of alert or postured to respond. As soon as we got there, the ships went into different directions and we didn t see each other for a significant period of time. The Makin Island was up in the Arabian Gulf participating in Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Marine expeditionary unit participated with our AV-8 Harriers, and was postured to respond to any contingency related to (air strikes against the Islamic State). Q: What about this six-person special-operations liaison team you had aboard in addition to your reconnaissance Marines and conventional forces? A: It really plugged me into the global special-operations-forces network.

It greatly raised my awareness and better prepared me to be able support them. I also believe that it better enabled them to support the amphibious ready group and the Marine expeditionary unit during our deployment. … In addition to planned engagements, we had a mission in Yemen that our (liaison team) facilitated.

Q: Is this back to the future for the Marine Corps and expeditionary units carrying special operations-capable troops? A: It s significantly different now because the relationship between the ARG-MEU and SOF is much greater. What we are talking about now is much better integration and leveraging complementary capabilities, bringing those to bear to meet combatant commanders security objectives.

Q: Cpl. Jordan Spears was lost at sea after he and another crewman bailed out of an MV-22 Osprey as it plunged toward the water. What happened?

A: We were moving forces in and out of Baghdad (Iraq) in support of the embassy. The aircraft was one of four that were flying. When it took off from the ship, the power available didn t meet the power required.

It almost went down and the pilots did a fantastic job saving that aircraft. Unfortunately, two of the crew members were preparing to ditch. They left the airplane and then Cpl.

Spears was lost at sea

Maritime sk© Security SAVER SALE Experts Meet in Jacksonville

Maritime security experts are gathering this week at Maritime Security 2015 East in Jacksonville, Florida, to exchange information and ideas, as well as learn about and see emerging technologies and operational concepts in action. Presentations were made by speakers from the Navy and Coast Guard, along with state, city and local organizations with maritime security and law enforcement responsibilities. The event is taking place at the Jacksonville JAXPORT Cruise Terminal.

A dramatic on water demonstration was led by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Participating boat units included the U.S. Coast Guard; FWC; Jacksonville Fire Department; Jacksonville Sheriff s Office (JSO); Nassau County Sheriff s Department; Clay County Sheriff s Department; St.

Johns County Sheriff s Department; JAXPORT; as well as two aircraft from JSO and FWC. The demonstration included protection of high value asset; radiological detection, interdiction of non-compliant vessels, as well as vessel stopping technologies. These different jurisdictions were able to work together so effectively because they have all been trained to the same standard, said Mark DuPont, director of boat operations and training program (BOAT) with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

They know what to do when responding to a situation, and they know what to expect from representatives of other organizations. Speakers discussed the importance of partnerships and interagency collaboration, and many successful examples were highlighted, such as the Project SeaHawk a pilot port security project in the port of Charleston, South Carolina. The delegates were welcomed by Mayor Alvin Brown of the City of Jacksonville and Erica Ann Striebel, who is chief of staff of Rep.

Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.). Keynote addresses were delivered by Capt. Thomas Allen, USCG, commander of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, and Rear Adm.

Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast.

The First Coast Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is co-hosting the event.

Apple will hire sk© Security SAVER SALE Guards on Permanent Basis

Apple will hire several security personnel on a permanent basis. This measure is being taken in contravention of standard procedures employed in Silicon Valley. Apple 1 Incorporated is thinking differently alright.

Recently, the high tech giant decided to recruit security guards on full-time duty instead of on a contractual basis. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed this news 2 to San Jose Mercury News 3 . These security personnel will receive the same treatment as the rest of the valued employees.

In other words, they won t be chosen on an ad hoc basis. Rather they will be a permanent fixture on the Cupertino-based office premises of Apple. It s been approximately 365 days since Apple began surveying the scene and now its top execs have made the wise choice of having its security staff selected on a constant foundation instead of on a mercenary level (so to say).

The contractors who had been acting as middle men uptil now will be done away with as far as their favors are concerned. Among the benefits accruing to the Apple security guard 4 employees will be medical insurance, a golden handshake upon retirement and maternity leave. A huge number of security personnel will form the new employees arriving on a long-time basis at Apple.

However, contractually hired security guards will still be employed time after time for emergency purposes. Otherwise the new system will be used from now onwards. This change of rules at Apple shows that its thinking and philosophy is flexible and not rigid.

It bends like the willow instead of breaking like the oak. The demand was quite insistent regarding the basic human rights of the security personnel who engaged in a lot of the menial services on Apple s campus. The perquisites that were supposed to be theirs were denied them.

But now that won t be the case anymore. Justice has been done and Amen to that. Apple sought its model of proper provisions for security guards by following Google s example.

The Big G had been on a similar track and it had announced awhile back that it would hire about 200 security staff members.