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  • Americans missing in Baghdad kidnapped by Iran-backed militia: 4 sources

    01/19/2016 12:21:00 PM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 19, 2016
    Three U.S. citizens who disappeared last week in Baghdad were kidnapped and are being held by an Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia, two Iraqi intelligence and two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday. The U.S. sources said Washington had no reason to believe Tehran was involved in the kidnapping and does not believe the trio are being held in Iran, which borders Iraq. "They were abducted because they are Americans, not for personal or financial reasons," one of the Iraqi intelligence sources in Baghdad said.
  • New sanctions in works – against U.S. (Defense related) businesses (by our Middle Eastern Allies)

    05/06/2015 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In an extraordinary move that could mean billions lost to the American economy, Gulf monarchs meeting Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, took a closed-door decision to potentially withhold investments from U.S. military firms if the terms of any final agreement with Iran causes significant harm to the Sunni Arab states. The meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council brought together leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. All of those countries, aside from Oman, participated in the Saudi-led strikes targeting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. According to a source who took part...
  • Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges

    04/04/2007 8:38:15 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 04, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges By Fred Lucas April 04, 2007 ( - Breaking nearly a week of silence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office Tuesday called allegations of a conflict of interest "nonsense" and said the California Democrat played no role in awarding military contracts that benefited companies owned by her husband. It was reported last week that Feinstein no longer serves on a Senate subcommittee that oversaw military construction. Earlier this year, Metro Newspapers accused Feinstein of a conflict of interest because the subcommittee had oversight of military contracts that often went to defense contractors owned by her...
  • ObamaCare Is Funneling Billions To Defense Contractors

    12/10/2014 4:16:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Health Overhaul: Jonathan Gruber isn't the only one who got rich off ObamaCare. Several big government contractors are raking in megabucks to help the government take over the nation's health care system. Gruber made news when it came to light that the Obama administration had paid the stupid-American-calling MIT economist roughly $400,000 to help build ObamaCare, and several states paid him big bucks as well to build their exchanges. But this is just the tip of the ObamaCare bonanza. In the last fiscal year, Health and Human Services spent $21 billion on contracts with private firms. That's more than it...
  • Gunman in Saudi Arabia kills American defense contractor, wounds another

    10/14/2014 1:56:39 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2014 | By Karen DeYoung, Carol Morello and Brian Murphy
    A gunman in Saudi Arabia opened fire Tuesday on two American defense contractors, killing one and wounding the other before being arrested in a shootout with police, U.S. and Saudi officials said. One individual familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of an official Saudi statement, said the attack was a workplace dispute related to the firing of the alleged shooter and was not terrorism-related. The identities of the Americans and suspected attacker were not immediately released, but the State Department said the Americans worked for Vinnell Arabia, a U.S.-based contractor with deep ties in...
  • Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater (Political and Distraction Piece)

    06/30/2014 11:18:46 AM PDT · by BCW · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | 29 JUNE 2014 | JAMES RISEN
    WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.
  • U.S. court revives Abu Ghraib detainees' torture case

    06/30/2014 10:14:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2014 | BY JONATHAN STEMPEL
    A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against CACI International Inc that accused the defense contractor's employees of directing the torture of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said a lower court judge had erred in concluding he lacked jurisdiction to hear claims by four Iraqi plaintiffs because the alleged incidents occurred in Iraq. Monday's decision has the potential to expand legal liability for contractors who work with and undertake sensitive tasks on behalf of U.S. troops outside the country.
  • Breaking: US Security Contractors Engage in Gun Battles to Escape Iraq

    06/12/2014 7:18:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 66 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Washington Post inexplicably buried the lede in Thursday night’s story on U.S. contractors starting evacuations from Iraq. One has to read to the ninth paragraph (out of eleven) to read of the report that U.S. security contractors traversing embattled areas are engaging in gun battles as they try to evacuate other civilian contractors: “Contractor evacuations began Wednesday, if not earlier, said Ginger Cruz, CEO of Mantid International LLC, a consulting firm that works with numerous companies in Iraq… “On Thursday, the electronics giant Siemens was working to get about 50 employees out of Baiji, Cruz said. It was not...
  • DOD furlough plan to affect 9 in 10 civilians

    05/14/2013 3:09:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 5/14/2013 | Chris Carrol
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a sweeping furlough plan Tuesday that will hit well over 90 percent of the Defense Department’s 750,000 U.S. civilian employees squarely in the pocketbook this summer. Employees from every service and agency in the department will be furloughed for up to 11 days, losing up to 2 days of pay in each two-week pay period through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Selected groups of DOD civilians – including Navy shipyard workers, educators, foreign nationals and employees deployed to war zones – will be fully or partially exempt from furloughs, however. The...
  • Report: Podesta Group Urges Military Contractors to Give Money to Support Hagel (Gangster Gov't)

    01/07/2013 11:25:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    SNIP Hagel, however, has friends in Democratic lobbying circles. The powerful Washington D.C. organization known as the Podesta Group is reportedly asking defense contractors for financial support to run ads defending the Hagel nomination. Fox News White House Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry reported on Friday: (2:15 in) "Sources confirm to Fox [that] Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta has been hired by a firm known as the Bipartisan Group to help mobilize support for Hagel. And defense contractors received calls this week urging them to be ready for a Hagel pick as soon as Monday, and asking them for...
  • (Rep Joe Wilson:) The height of corruption

    10/05/2012 7:58:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/5/2012 | Rep Joe "You Lie" Wilson (R-SC)
    Last week, I discovered one of the most corrupt acts I have seen while serving in public office: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum, advising defense contractors that if they failed to comply with existing law, taxpayers would pay any resulting employee compensation costs and attorneys’ fees incurred. Instead of notifying defense contractors that they must abide by the laws set in place to protect American families, the administration has advised and encouraged these companies to break the law without penalty. Does that sound unbelievable to you? It sounded unbelievable to me when I first heard...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Northrop Grumman declines to bid on latest KC-X RFP

    03/08/2010 8:39:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 178+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/08/2010 | Jon Ostrower
    Northrop Grumman, in partnership with EADS, will not offer a bid for the $35 billion KC-X tanker contract, citing a US Air Force request for proposal (RFP) it believes is weighted in favour of its competitor. "We reached this conclusion based on the structure of the source selection methodology defined in the RFP, which clearly favours Boeing's smaller refuelling tanker and does not provide adequate value recognition of the added capability of a larger tanker, precluding us from any competitive opportunity," says Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman. Additionally, Bush says that Northrop has decided not to protest the selection...
  • Boeing unveils a new B767 Derivative 'NewGen Tanker' for U.S. Air Force Competition

    03/08/2010 10:12:44 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 29 replies · 341+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 3/4/2009 | Defense Update
    Boeing has unveiled today the 'NewGen Tanker', the aerial refueling aircraft being proposed for the U.S. Air Force KC-X tanker competition. According to Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, the Boeing NewGen Tanker will satisfy all mandatory Air Force requirements and offer an American-made tanker that will be capable, survivable, and combat-ready at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.
  • EADS grounds $40bn US air tanker bid

    03/08/2010 5:17:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 120 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2010 | James Quinn
    European defence giant EADS has dropped out of a nine-year, two-horse $40bn (£27bn) race to provide the US Air Force with a fleet of air tankers after accusing the American government of skewing the competition in rival Boeing's favour. EADS staff stand near a life-size scale display of the interior of the Airbus A400M military transport plane EADS and US partner Northrop-Grumman last night took the dramatic decision not to make a bid for the 179 plane contract after studying the latest terms drawn up by the US Department of Defence (DoD). The pairing, which actually won the contract in...
  • F-35 Pentagon Report Documents Lockheed-Martin Failures (Assembly Lines Being "Cannibalized")

    02/26/2010 6:45:03 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 48 replies · 1,882+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | February 24, 2010 | Center for Defense Information
    Pentagon Reports Document Continuing Lockheed-Martin Failures Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the CDI Straus Military Reform Project has obtained almost two years of monthly reports from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) on Lockheed Martin’s production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The documents do not paint a pretty picture, explains Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler. The Defense Contract Management Agency’s (DCMA) most recent reports cover the months July through November 2009. The full reports are available below. Their major points, as summarized by Winslow Wheeler, are as follows: The F-35 assembly line at Forth Worth,...
  • US Army Selects Northrop Grumman's 100kW Solid-State Laser For Field Tests

    02/23/2010 4:55:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 512+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 2/23/2010 | Space Daily
    The solid-state laser system from Northrop Grumman, that produced the most powerful beam ever from a continuous wave electric laser last year, is joining other pioneering speed-of-light weapons demonstrators for field tests at the Army's High Energy Laser System Test Facility (HELSTF), N.M. In cooperation with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, which operates the test range at White Sands Missile Range in southeastern New Mexico, BAE Systems has contracted with Northrop Grumman to relocate the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) Phase 3 system from the company's laser factory in Redondo Beach, Calif.,...
  • UPDATE 1-Raytheon says bidding for India tank upgrade (T-72)

    02/12/2010 2:16:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 725+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/12/2010 | Bappa Majumdar
    UPDATE 1-Raytheon says bidding for India tank upgrade * Partnering Larsen & Toubro for 1,000 tank contract Stocks * Contract value seen at more than $100 mln (Adds detail) NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Raytheon Co (RTN.N), the world's biggest missile maker, said on Friday it and partner Larsen & Toubro (LART.BO) have bid for the contract to upgrade 1,000 T-72 battle tanks in India. Defence ministry officials said India was looking to spend at least $100 million in upgrading the tanks, which India bought from Russia three decades ago. "The upgrade will increase the lethality of the T-72...
  • No-bid contracts: Another broken Obama promise

    01/27/2010 4:06:49 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 5 replies · 249+ views
    The Obama administration has given a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democrat campaign contributor without considering any competitive bids!
  • No More Jesus Rifles

    01/22/2010 10:53:54 PM PST · by greatdefender · 116 replies · 5,049+ views
    Trijicon, the gunsight maker that has imprinted Bible verse numbers on its scopes, has announced that it will no longer imprint the verses on the sides of scopes intended for the U.S. military, and will also provide clients with the kits to remove the Bible verse numbers from existing scopes. An ABC News report earlier this week revealed that the Michigan-based company, which has a contract to provide up to 800,000 scopes to the U.S. military, prints references to New Testament chapters and verses in code next to the model numbers of its scopes. The scopes are used by the...
  • US firm backs off Jesus Sharpshooter Rifle scopes

    01/22/2010 12:29:24 AM PST · by DTAD · 8 replies · 656+ views
    WASHINGTON: A US firm sought to quiet a controversy over coded Biblical references inscribed on gunsights used by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, announcing it was providing kits to remove them. Muslim and religious freedom groups reacted angrily after it emerged this week that Trijicon has multi-million-dollar contracts to supply hundreds of thousands of the gunsights to the US military. Critics charged that the company was putting US troops in danger in Muslim-majority nations where US military presence is already bitterly resented.
  • Northrop Grumman to Relocate to Washington, D.C. area (HQ now out from Los Angeles where it started)

    01/04/2010 2:32:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,251+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/04/2010 | August Cole
    Northrop Grumman Corp. plans to move its headquarters to the Washington, D.C., area from Los Angeles, a historic departure from the aerospace and defense industry's birthplace in Southern California. The move will put Northrop's top executives near its biggest military and intelligence customers in the federal government, as well as Congress. "We are a global security company and when you look at where our largest customer base is located, it's in the Washington, D.C region," said Wesley Bush, Northrop's chief executive officer and president. Mr. Bush took over as chief executive from Ron Sugar on Jan. 1. The decision follows...
  • Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A

    12/11/2009 4:06:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1,116+ views
    Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A. By JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials. The raids against suspects occurred on an almost nightly basis during the height of the Iraqi insurgency from 2004 to 2006, with Blackwater personnel playing central roles in what company insiders called “snatch and grab” operations, the former employees...
  • Dyncorp PSD incident in the IZ (MUST READ) Corrupt Iraqi Security Forces

    10/05/2009 11:11:51 AM PDT · by BCW · 8 replies · 835+ views
    Babylon's Covert War ^ | 05 OCT 2009 | Report Issues
    The Entry Control Points (ECP) into the International Zone (IZ) have been increasingly difficult to deal with. It is nothing that is intolerable. However, in an increasing basis Protective Security Detail (PSD) teams have been instructed to exit vehicles for search, download weapons and such. That is okay, because after all, Iraq, like it or not, is its own country and sets the ground rules. Well, a few days ago the antics were ratcheted up again. As a team was entering ECP4 (old CP12) the last vehicle of the motorcade was stopped, which is not uncommon. This time though, the...
  • Applied Energetics Receives US Army Contract For Laser Guided Energy

    08/23/2009 11:35:56 AM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 12 replies · 1,930+ views (SpaceDaily) ^ | Aug 21, 2009 | Staff Writers (SPX)
    RAY GUNSApplied Energetics Receives US Army Contract For Laser Guided Energy Laser Guided Energy (LGE) is a transformational weapon technology by which a controllable high voltage electric charge can be precisely guided by a laser through the atmosphere to induce a range of effects against a variety of targets. by Staff Writers Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 21, 2009 Applied Energetics has announced it has been awarded a $3.1 million Contract from the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (U.S. Army RDECOM - Picatinny, NJ) for the continued development and advancement of the company's Laser Guided Energy(TM) (LGE) technology. Regarding...
  • Defense Contractor Charged With Kickbacks Helped Fund Murtha's Campaigns

    07/07/2009 7:21:04 PM PDT · by JohnKSmith · 11 replies · 561+ views
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 7-7-09 | Lindsay Renick Mayer
    Richard Ianieri, the defense contractor charged today with accepting $200,000 in kickbacks from a subcontractor, was president of a company that gave more money to Rep. John Murtha than any other lawmaker. That company, Coherent Systems International, received millions of dollars in earmarks from Murtha, and continued giving money to the Pennsylvania Democrat after Ianieri left Coherent and Argon ST bought it. The criminal complaint filed yesterday reportedly did not name the subcontractor, according to Roll Call. In total, the employees of Coherent, and employees and political action committees of Argon and its subsidiaries, have given $81,950 to Murtha's campaign...
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 400th Fuselage Section For F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

    02/02/2009 4:24:07 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies · 937+ views
    SpaceWar ^ | Feb. 2, 2009 | Staff Writer
    Northrop Grumman has delivered its 400th fuselage section for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the U.S. Navy's combat-proven multi-role strike fighter. The fuselage "shipset," measuring nearly 30 feet long and 18 feet high, consists of the aircraft's center and aft fuselage sections, twin vertical tails and all associated subsystems. It was shipped earlier this month to The Boeing Company's F/A-18 production center in St. Louis, Mo., for final assembly and delivery to the Navy. As principal F/A-18E/F subcontractor to Boeing, Northrop Grumman is responsible for design and production of the entire center and aft fuselage as well as subsystems integration and...
  • Venue fight: Blackwater guards plan Utah surrender

    12/07/2008 1:08:45 PM PST · by skully · 10 replies · 673+ views
    KDBC ^ | December 7, 2008 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that five Blackwater Worldwide security guards indicted in a deadly Iraqi shooting plan to surrender to the FBI on Monday in Salt Lake City. 1 of the men is from North Texas. A person close to the case described the decision on condition of anonymity because the indictment against the men remains sealed. The five guards are all military veterans charged in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. The shooting strained U.S. diplomacy and fueled anti-American sentiment abroad.
  • Sources: 5 Blackwater guards charged in shooting

    12/05/2008 4:09:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 909+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/5/8 | MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writers
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards have been indicted and a sixth was negotiating a plea with prosecutors for a 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead and became an anti-American rallying cry for insurgents, people close to the case said Friday. ...Six guards have been under investigation since a convoy of heavily armed Blackwater contractors opened fire in a crowded Baghdad intersection on Sept. 16, 2007. Witnesses say the shooting was unprovoked but Blackwater, hired by the State Department to guard U.S. diplomats, says its guards were ambushed by insurgents while responding to a car bombing.
  • Allies rush cash to debilitated Murtha

    11/12/2008 11:53:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 1,033+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2008 | Jim McElhatton
    After calling some residents in his western Pennsylvania district "racist" and "rednecks," Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha seemed in jeopardy of losing his job last month - until his political friends in Congress and the defense industry came to the rescue. Soon after Mr. Murtha's poll numbers began slipping, money started pouring into his campaign coffers from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, now the incoming White House chief of staff, and dozens of other prominent Democrats. Mr. Murtha raised more than $1 million in the two weeks leading up to his successful Nov....
  • BAE to develop unmanned aircraft with British Defense Ministry (Mantis w/ Brimstone missiles)

    07/22/2008 4:45:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1,048+ views
    BAE to develop unmanned aircraft with British Defense Ministry14 Jul, 2008, 2127 hrs IST, AGENCIES FARNBOROUGH: BAE Systems PLC said on Monday it will develop an unmanned aircraft that can drop laser-guided bombs and fire missiles in a program jointly funded by Britain's Ministry of Defense. BAE announced the plans for the propeller-powered vehicle, known as Mantis, at the Farnborough International Airshow, outside London, and displayed a full-size model on the tarmac. The deal with the Defense Ministry, which covers the first phase of development and flight testing only, is designed to demonstrate the potential of a large unmanned aircraft...
  • House passes CIA contractor ban over veto vow

    07/17/2008 12:18:54 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 8 replies · 161+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 16, 2008 | Randall Mikkelson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers defied a White House veto threat on Wednesday and voted to bar CIA contractors from interrogating suspected terrorists, in the latest clash over detainee treatment in the U.S.-declared war on terrorism. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the provision in adopting a broad measure to authorize funding of U.S. intelligence agencies for the 2009 fiscal year. A related bill awaits action in the Senate. Passage of the multibillion dollar bill came on a voice vote, indicating broad assent, despite the White House veto threat issued earlier in the day. In addition to the contractor ban,...
  • Tanker Bidding To Be Reopened--Gates Halts Northrop Award

    07/09/2008 7:22:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 337+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2008 | Dana Hedgpeth
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that the Pentagon will hold a new, fast-tracked competition to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers, a move that overturns the previous award of the contract to Northrop Grumman. The decision follows criticism of the selection process by the Government Accountability Office and underscores the sharp divisions over the contract. The deal to replace the Air Force's entire fleet could be worth up to $100 billion over the next two decades. Gates said he expects the Pentagon to choose a new winner by the end of the year. On...
  • Freed Hostage Calls Colombian Rebels 'Terrorists'

    07/07/2008 10:08:26 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 8 replies · 193+ views
    China Daily ^ | 07.07.2008 | Agencies
    FORT SAM HOUSTON - In his first public remarks since he and two other American hostages were freed in Colombia, a US defense contractor on Monday branded their captors as terrorists and praised the Colombian army for a daring rescue. Keith Stansell, one of three US defense contractors freed on July 2 after five years as a rebel-held hostage in Colombia, holds his twin 5-year-old sons at a news conference at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, July 7, 2008. [Agencies] American defense contractor Marc Gonsalves appeared with fellow hostages Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes at a...
  • Defense Expert Questions Tanker Decision

    05/27/2008 7:50:13 PM PDT · by blue state conservative · 79 replies · 121+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 27, 2008 | James Wallace
    Loren Thompson, the well-regarded defense analyst with the Lexington Institute think tank, has taken heat from Boeing backers over his reports about the Air Force tanker decision. But in his latest report, Thompson echoes many of Boeing's concerns about the decision.
  • Boeing wins key round in Air Force tanker protest

    06/18/2008 11:08:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies · 1,310+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 18, 2008
    <p>WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators have granted Boeing's protest of a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.</p>
  • Grieving Mothers Bond To Learn How Their Sons Died In Fallujah [Blackwater]

    06/11/2008 11:04:28 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 15 replies · 488+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 6/2/2008 | Andrea Simakis
    Grieving Mothers Bond To Learn How Their Sons Died In Fallujah By ANDREA SIMAKIS   Danica Zovko on April 1, 2004, the day after learning her son Jerry was dead. (Photo courtesy of the Zovko Family)     Feb. 7, 2007Donna Zovko rubbed her thumb over the tiny, white enamel dove fastened to her lapel. A nun from Akron sent her the peace pin after Jerry was killed on a dusty road in Fallujah.Jerry.He was the reason she was here, sitting under the vaulted ceilings of a congressional hearing room, not in the cramped office of her body shop...
  • Boeing loses GPS satellite contract to Lockheed Martin

    05/16/2008 2:11:48 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 2 replies · 81+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2008 | Peter Pae
    In another blow to Boeing Co.'s battered defense business, the U.S. Air Force on Thursday tapped rival Lockheed Martin Corp. for a contract potentially worth more than $3.5 billion to build a new generation of global positioning satellites. Chicago-based Boeing, which has a huge workforce in Southern California, would have made the satellites in El Segundo. The loss of the contract, known as Global Positioning System IIIA, was Boeing's third high-profile defeat in as many months. The company lost a $35-billion contest to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force in February and a $3.74-billion award to build unmanned...
  • Lockheed Wins Program to Build Next Generation GPS Satellites

    05/16/2008 3:14:39 AM PDT · by too_cool_for_skool · 7 replies · 122+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 15, 2008 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lockheed Martin Corp. beat out Boeing Co. to win an Air Force contract worth up to $3.57 billion to build as many as 12 next-generation global positioning satellites, the Pentagon said Thursday. The deal is the first of three awards to supply a total of 32 satellites for the Pentagon's new GPS III system. As the manufacturer of the first block of satellites, Lockheed will be in a strong position to win the two follow-on contracts. Col. Dave Madden, commander of the Air Force's Global Positioning Systems Wing, said the Air Force hopes to work with the...
  • All hands are on deck to build Boeing sub hunter

    04/28/2008 9:31:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 154+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | April 27, 2008 | James Wallace
    Final assembly starts on the first of Navy P-8A Poseidon planes that could be Renton's last 737s Although The Boeing Co. lost the competition to supply air-refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force, it still has one major military aircraft development program in the works.Starting next year, it will deliver the first of what could be more than 100 737s, modified with bomb bay doors and weapon pylons under the wings, to the U.S. Navy. Over the next decade or more, the P-8A Poseidon will replace the aging fleet of prop-engine Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion planes that have been used...
  • Iraqi official: Blackwater staying on 'is bad news'

    04/05/2008 6:29:17 PM PDT · by Abathar · 9 replies · 93+ views
    CNN ^ | 04/05/08 | Elise Labott and Jomana Karadsheh
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. State Department's renewal of Blackwater's contract to provide security in Iraq "is bad news," an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said. Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 people, including women and children, last September, prompting an outcry and protest from Iraqi officials. "This is bad news," al-Maliki adviser Sami al-Askari said. "I personally am not happy with this, especially because they have committed acts of aggression, killed Iraqis, and this has not been resolved yet positively for families of victims." About 25,000 private contractors from three companies protect diplomats, reconstruction workers and...
  • Boeing: USAF Had Worries About EADS Boom

    04/04/2008 8:05:12 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 15 replies · 117+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | Apr 4, 2008 | Amy Butler
    Members of the U.S. Air Force’s source selection group raised concerns about the performance of the EADS refueling boom design during the KC-X tanker competition, according to Mark McGraw, Boeing’s tanker executive. The Air Force officials were “speaking loudly” behind closed doors in meetings about their worries, and this information found during the discovery phase of Boeing’s protest of the award to Northrop Grumman/EADS is “very encouraging” support for the company’s protest, McGraw told reporters during an April 3 teleconference. [...] Air Force worries about the risk associated with EADS’ boom performance, however, weren’t included in the final assessment of...
  • Bell Boeing wins $10.4B Osprey contract

    03/30/2008 4:25:31 AM PDT · by HEY4QDEMS · 27 replies · 613+ views
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 3/28/2008 | Unknown
    The Department of Defense has awarded Bell Helicopter and partner The Boeing Co. a five-year, $10.4 billion contract to make 167 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The contract includes 26 CV-22 aircraft for the Air Force Special Operations Command and 141 MV-22 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. The contract includes an option for additional aircraft. The fuselage for the V-22 is built by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia. Bell builds components for the aircraft in Fort Worth and completes final assembly at its Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo. The V-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft with proprotors and engines installed...
  • Remains of Kidnapped U.S. Contractors in Iraq Recovered

    03/24/2008 12:05:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies · 1,029+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/24/08 | AP/Fox News
    WASHINGTON — The FBI says it has recovered the remains of two kidnapped U.S. contractors in Iraq. The agency identified the contractors Monday as Ronald Withrow and John Roy Young. Withrow worked for JPI Worldwide when he was kidnapped in January 2007. Young worked for Crescent Security Group when he was kidnapped in November 2006.
  • Hillary: I'll Ban Armed Private Contractors In Iraq [How does she do that?]

    03/17/2008 5:55:20 PM PDT · by SJackson · 76 replies · 2,183+ views
    Speaking this morning, Hillary hits Obama for not ruling out continuing to use armed private contractors in Iraq. She wants to ban such contractors. Those contractors are protecting Iraqi government officials. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as Hillary once called for threatening to take away Iraqi lawmakers' security if they didn't reach a deal. And at least one Democrat didn't find that to be a wise move: Addressing Mrs. Clinton’s latest proposal to cap American troops and to threaten Iraqi leaders with cuts in funding, Mr. Biden lowered his voice and leaned in close over the table. “From...
  • Democrats for Boeing-The truth about the tanker deal

    03/15/2008 5:37:09 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies · 2,189+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-24-08 | Christian Lowe
    Democrats for Boeing The truth about the tanker deal. by Christian Lowe 03/24/2008, Volume 013, Issue 27 It was one of those insider deals that give the defense industry a bad name, conjuring up images of smoke-filled negotiations between the brass and corporate fat cats in plush leather chairs. By the time it was over, two fat cats were in jail, a top Pentagon official had been forced to resign, a corporate CEO had lost his job, and the reputation of an iconic company that had served American troops for decades had suffered irreparable damage. Then it turned out it...
  • Severed fingers of 5 hostages delivered to U.S. officials in Iraq

    03/12/2008 4:02:15 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 159 replies · 5,906+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo ^ | 3-12-08 | Hannah Allam
    <p>BAGHDAD _U.S. authorities in Baghdad have received five severed fingers belonging to four Americans and an Austrian who were taken hostage more than a year ago in Iraq , U.S. officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>The FBI is investigating the grisly development, and the families of the five kidnapped contractors have been notified, American officials said on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly.</p>
  • Boeing to challenge U.S. Air Force tanker decision

    03/10/2008 4:36:29 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 59 replies · 987+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/10/08 | John Crawley and Mark McSherry
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it would formally challenge a decision by the U.S. Air Force to award a $35 billion aerial tanker program to a team led by Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Europe's EADS (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research). "This is an extraordinary step rarely taken by our company, and one we take very seriously," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. Boeing said it would ask the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, to review the February 29 decision that...
  • Boeing to challenge U.S. Air Force tanker decision

    03/10/2008 4:07:45 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 71 replies · 1,088+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:46pm EDT | John Crawley and Mark McSherry
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it would formally challenge a decision by the U.S. Air Force to award a $35 billion aerial tanker program to a team led by Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Europe's EADS (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research). "This is an extraordinary step rarely taken by our company, and one we take very seriously," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. Boeing said it would ask the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, to review the February 29 decision that...
  • Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick (KBR blamed)

    03/10/2008 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies · 783+ views
    AP Google ^ | 03.09.08 | By LARRY MARGASAK
    Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq. The Defense Department's inspector general's report, which could be released as early as Monday, found water quality problems between March 2004 and February 2006 at three sites...