Uploadage https://unockia.xyz Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:08:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 US Army seeks new airborne tech to detect, defeat radar systems https://unockia.xyz/us-army-seeks-new-airborne-tech-to-detect-defeat-radar-systems/ https://unockia.xyz/us-army-seeks-new-airborne-tech-to-detect-defeat-radar-systems/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:08:13 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/us-army-seeks-new-airborne-tech-to-detect-defeat-radar-systems/ 2020-08-14 16:15:55
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is seeking industry input on new technology allowing aircraft to survive and defeat systems in sophisticated adversarial environments made up of sensitive radars and integrated air defense systems.

A notice posted online Aug. 12 from the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center is asking industry for ideas ahead of an industry day in September that will provide additional information regarding the technical specifications. The service will also answer questions in depth at the event.

“The future multi-domain operational environment will present a highly lethal and complex set of traditional and non-traditional targets. These targets will include networked and mobile air defense systems with extended ranges, and long and mid-range fires systems that will deny freedom of maneuver,” the notices stated.

To maintain an advantage, the notice stated, the Army aviation community must modernize its reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and lethality with an advanced team of manned and unmanned aircraft as part of its Future Vertical Lift modernization effort, which calls for a future attack reconnaissance aircraft.

The desired end state of this interconnected ecosystem will enable the penetration, disintegration and exploitation of an adversary’s anti-access/area denial environment comprised of an integrated air defense system as well as surveillance and targeting systems, command-and-control capabilities, and communications technology. It will do this through a series of air-launched effects, which are a family of large and small unmanned or launched systems capable of detecting, identifying, locating and reporting threats while also delivering nonlethal effects.

Some of the sensors described include those that can passively detect and locate threats within the radio frequency/electro-optical/infrared spectrums, active detection, electronic or GPS-based decoys, and sensors able to disrupt the detection of friendly systems through cyberspace or the electromagnetic spectrum.

The notice lists five technology areas of interest:

  1. Hardware for the mission payloads.
  2. Hardware, software or techniques for distributed collaborative teaming capabilities to include processing technologies, cyber protection and data links to enable command and control of air-launched effects.
  3. Software or algorithms that can fuse, process, decide and act on sensor data allowing air-launched effects to autonomously react and adapt to countermeasures.
  4. Multimode/multifunction technologies consisting of payloads for synthetic aperture/moving target indicator radar or combined electronic warfare, radar and communication functions that share common apertures.
  5. Modular open-systems architecture.

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Silvus Technologies develops toughened waveform for US Army https://unockia.xyz/silvus-technologies-develops-toughened-waveform-for-us-army/ https://unockia.xyz/silvus-technologies-develops-toughened-waveform-for-us-army/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:06:15 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/silvus-technologies-develops-toughened-waveform-for-us-army/ 2020-08-14 16:43:47
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WASHINGTON — Silvus Technologies developed a new radio waveform that will make it more difficult for adversaries to intercept and detect communications signals of the U.S. Army, the company announced Aug. 13.

Silvus has worked with the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s C5ISR Center — or the Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Center — since last August on developing a low-probability intercept/low-probability detect (LPI/LPD) waveform.

Silvus and the C5ISR Center are now exercising a six-month option period, bringing the total award to $2 million.

The funding for research and development will specifically go toward work the C5ISR Center is performing on a project called “Protected Communications for Manned/Unmanned Teams.” During the option period, Silvus is integrating several new capabilities with the LPI/LPD waveform, including the ability to shift operating frequency when communications are degraded, a capability to filter out interference and a technology that allows radios to control transmission power “to enable more discreet communications.”

The secure communications for the manned-unmanned teaming project is focused on “high-throughput, secure, and low observable communications capabilities for manned/unmanned teaming operations,” the Silvus news release said.

The new capability “brings together a powerful suite of anti-jam and LPI/LPD functions to enable robust, secure communications for the warfighter in congested and contested environments,” said Babak Daneshrad, founder and CEO of Silvus Technologies.

The new waveforms will be tested in lab evaluations starting this winter into spring 2021, according to Edric Thompson, spokesperson for the C5ISR Center. He added that field demonstrations will take place during the center’s ongoing Network Modernization Experiment in 2021 and Project Convergence 2021. For fiscal 2021, it has planned soldier touchpoint events at NetModX-22 and PC22.

In May, Silvus was awarded nearly $4 million to provide 1,000 of its tactical Mobile Ad Hoc radios for the Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System program.

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After months of haggling, Lockheed moves on German air defense bid https://unockia.xyz/after-months-of-haggling-lockheed-moves-on-german-air-defense-bid/ https://unockia.xyz/after-months-of-haggling-lockheed-moves-on-german-air-defense-bid/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:05:04 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/after-months-of-haggling-lockheed-moves-on-german-air-defense-bid/ 2020-08-14 16:55:03
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COLOGNE, Germany — Lockheed Martin and MBDA Deutschland have submitted another bid for Germany’s next-generation air defense system, following negotiations throughout the summer that some observers said nearly tanked the project.

The “updated proposal,” as the companies called it in a joint statement Friday, presumably will find smooth sailing in the Defence Ministry’s upcoming analysis. That is because government officials and company executives already went through extensive discussions in the past few months to iron out sticking points left unresolved in previous bids and re-bids.

“In the last months we made progress in further detailing the Integrated Master Schedule, relevant specifications as well as performance simulations to de-risk the future contract,” Thomas Gottschild, managing director at MBDA Deutschland, said in the statement.

But there are no guarantees, especially when it comes to the famously circuitous Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem, or TLVS. The program grew out of the now-defunct Medium Extended Air Defense System, which the Pentagon helped fund. Germany wants the weapon to replace its fleet of Patriot batteries.

The German Defence Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The government in Berlin is under the gun to deliver military programs on time and on budget, especially now that the ministry wants to keep up defense spending despite the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, officials want to place greater financial liability on the contractors in case things go awry.

That approach is infused throughout the TLVS contractual categories of “risk” and “terms and conditions,” industry officials previously said, though details are under strict wraps.

Executives previously argued the proposed risk distribution is unsuitable for a development-heavy program like TLVS, making Lockheed especially wary of pursuing the deal after all. At the same time, the American defense giant finally needs to sell the program to a government customer if it wants the advertised revolution in missile defense equipment to actually happen.

The envisioned weapon will feature a 360-degree sensing and shooting capability, which means operators no longer need to anticipate from which direction aerial threats will likely approach, as was the case with the sectored Patriot system.

“TLVS will transform Germany’s defense capabilities and set an important precedent in how neighboring nations address persistent global threats for years to come,” Lockheed and MBDA claimed in their joint statement.

The German parliament, currently in recess, will have to approve the government’s acquisition plan for TLVS — that is, if the industry consortium’s newest submission makes the ministry’s cut.

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Supporting Latino Communities Through COVID-19 https://unockia.xyz/supporting-latino-communities-through-covid-19/ https://unockia.xyz/supporting-latino-communities-through-covid-19/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:16:23 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/supporting-latino-communities-through-covid-19/ 2020-08-14 13:52:02
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For North Carolina, August marks five months of living in a world upended by COVID-19. By July, more than 100,00 North Carolinians had tested positive for COVID-19. And, like the nationwide trend (1), North Carolina’s communities of color are more affected by the virus.

In North Carolina, 9.6% of the population is Hispanic or Latino.(2) But by mid-June, the Hispanic and Latino community represented more than 44% of North Carolina’s COVID-19 cases. (3)

Prior to the pandemic, Latino communities faced greater health disparities. These disparities are caused by social and economic discrimination. Now, some challenges are proving even greater under the stress of a virus.

“We’re seeing a lack of health insurance, a lack of knowledge on how to navigate the health system, documentation issues, and the majority of community members not receiving stimulus checks,” said Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President and CEO of El Centro Hispano. “We’re also seeing that our community members are essential workers. They are in construction, restaurants, cleaning services, landscaping and are more exposed to the virus.”

Demand for services and aid increased across the state. So two nonprofits stepped up to make sure their communities were not left behind.

El Centro Hispano

El Centro Hispano (El Centro) advocates for equity and inclusion for Hispanics and Latinos in the Triangle. The center serves more than 7,000 people each year. It supports education, community engagement, health, and economic development.

As the pandemic hit North Carolina, El Centro pivoted. Instead of referring clients to nonprofit partners, they provided direct services. This way they could meet the community’s immediate needs. Supported by COVID-19 relief funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, El Centro supplied food, masks and other personal protective equipment. It also offered funds for utilities, rent and medicine for people in need.

They moved all events to virtual platforms to ensure access for community members. And they engaged local Spanish media in a communications campaign to deliver culturally appropriate messaging about COVID-19 testing and prevention.


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AM General CEO on acquisition by a private equity firm https://unockia.xyz/am-general-ceo-on-acquisition-by-a-private-equity-firm/ https://unockia.xyz/am-general-ceo-on-acquisition-by-a-private-equity-firm/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 21:36:47 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/am-general-ceo-on-acquisition-by-a-private-equity-firm/ 2020-08-13 21:00:39
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WASHINGTON ― KPS Capital Partners is acquiring Humvee-maker AM General, the private equity firm announced last month, marking a new chapter for the South Bend, Indiana-based vehicle maker.

AM General President and CEO Andy Hove will continue to lead the company, and KPS Partner Jay Bernstein said the firm would continue to build on the ubiquitous Humvee, leveraging the company’s “research, technology, innovation and new product development, as well as its heritage and iconic brand name.”

The Humvee appears to have some growth ahead. For one, U.S. Army budget documents call for $1.5 billion through 2025 to pay for modernization of its fleet of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and their up-armored variant. That can include replacing major components, applying new technologies or replacing vehicles entirely. After the Army reaches its procurement objective for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, made by Oshkosh, it will have an enduring requirement for 54,800 Humvees.

Otherwise, AM General ― which has advertised both its Brutus 155mm and Hawkeye 105mm mobile howitzers ― is expected to participate in the Army’s mobile howitzer shoot-off evaluation at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, next year.

Meanwhile, the Army is expected to complete a new tactical wheeled vehicle strategy in fiscal 2021, which has thus far received congressional support, per the House and Senate versions of the annual defense policy bill.

Hove, who has said KPS will continue to execute AM General’s existing strategy, spoke with Defense News on Aug. 6. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners is in the process of acquiring AM General. At this preliminary stage, what would you say are KPS’ plans and vision for the company?

I think (KPS partner) Jay Bernstein represented it in his quote in the announcement that they feel really good about the capabilities of AM General and the strategy we’ve been executing. We’ve discussed with them where we can go. They’re confident in our business and the growth prospects of AM General. They feel good about and stand behind our strategy, and we’re going to work together with them.

Will the company focus more on the Humvee, or do you see it becoming more flexible? What is the future for the Humvee? Who are its customers these days?

To say we’re only focused on the Humvee today would not be a correct premise. We’ve made investments across the board, in base automotive systems, and then automotive systems that have a particular special use. Our core focus is in solving very complex mobility challenges for customers. So the Humvee has a great future. I would offer that you turn to not what I say about what the Army will do but what the Army says they’re going to do on the Humvee fleet, which is to steadily and systematically manage a very large fleet by systematic replacement of that fleet and recapitalization of that fleet going forward.

After the Army reaches its procurement objective for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, it will have an enduring requirement for 54,800 Humvees, possibly like the one shown here made by AM General. (Courtesy of AM General)
After the Army reaches its procurement objective for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, it will have an enduring requirement for 54,800 Humvees, possibly like the one shown here made by AM General. (Courtesy of AM General)

They’ve been buying new-built Humvees to replace old Humvees over the last four years at a pretty heavy clip and have announced their intention to continue to do that going forward.

We’re obviously going to focus on the Humvee because there’s significant demand. It is today the world’s leading military 4×4 in its class, and we build more of them than any other military vehicle manufacturer in the world, and especially more than anybody in our weight class.

That won’t be the only thing we invest in. You can see our investments in the Hawkeye, which brings game-changing breakthrough technology (in relation to) how artillery systems are moved around and employed on the battlefield, together with a whole other range of implementing technologies such as autonomous navigation, off-board power and those kind of things. The U.S. Defense Department is an important customer, but a considerable portion of our businesses is global business, so we take a global view of how we solve mobility challenges for our customers around the globe.

The Army recently issued a request for information about replacing heavy trucks. Is that a potential opportunity?

We certainly feel like we have something to offer, a range of things to offer there, and that RFI’s only been out for a couple of weeks. We’ll will certainly take a closer look at that. We’re also taking a look at the JLTV competition they announced back in February.

Defense News recently characterized AM General as “largely stagnant” since losing the competition for the JLTV in 2015 to Oshkosh. Do you want to push back at all to talk about AM General’s time under McAndrew & Forbes?

The JLTV decision was 2015, and the four years since the announcement on the JLTV competition we’ve built more military vehicles than Oshkosh or any other military vehicle manufacturer by a long shot, and sold them to more customers around the globe than anyone else. I think that’s far from being stagnant. There are a lot of adjectives you can apply to the company. “Stagnant” would not be the one I would apply.

Private equity firms will typically set up companies they buy for faster growth, and then potentially that’ll lead to a future sale. Do you think that’s something that might happen here, and what do you predict? Is there any indication of time horizons for KPS?

KPS has made a lot of smart investments, they have a pattern, but they’re not going to be pigeonholed into a particular time frame for a next-step strategy.

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Army missile defense battle command system takes out cruise missile threats in major test https://unockia.xyz/army-missile-defense-battle-command-system-takes-out-cruise-missile-threats-in-major-test/ https://unockia.xyz/army-missile-defense-battle-command-system-takes-out-cruise-missile-threats-in-major-test/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:30:29 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/army-missile-defense-battle-command-system-takes-out-cruise-missile-threats-in-major-test/ 2020-08-13 19:53:57
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WASHINGTON — The Army’s once-problem-plagued air-and-missile defense battle command system took out two cruise missile threat targets nearly simultaneously using Patriot missiles in a major live fire event within its limited user test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Aug. 13, according to service officials in charge of the effort.

The cruise missiles flew at a low-altitude, maneuvering through a mountain range. The Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) took real-time data from Patriot and Sentinel radars and tracked the threat. IBCS sent engagement options to air defenders on the ground and two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles controlled by IBCS intercepted both threats.

The success of the limited user test for IBCS, which began several weeks ago in the New Mexico desert, is like “night and day,” compared to a previous attempt in 2016, Brig. Gen. Brian Gibson, who is in charge of Army air-and-missile defense modernization, told Defense News during its Space and Missile Defense Symposium Debrief event Aug. 5.

“We didn’t even get through phase one,” which lasted “just days,” in the first LUT, Gibson said.

Space and Missile Defense Command Commander Lt. Gen. Dan Karbler was in charge of Army Test and Evaluation Command during the first IBCS LUT and told reporters Aug. 5 that during the first attempt “the system performance was so unstable, we really couldn’t even get it started. We couldn’t collect any good data. There was multiple software challenges within the system just to try to get it into the network. So it was a very, very difficult endeavor and so, honestly, couldn’t pass LUT and there was a lot of work to do.”

Due to those problems and the Army’s new plans to expand IBCS capability to tie to any sensor or any shooter on the battlefield delayed the entire program by roughly four years.

The live fire marks the first time an entire operational battalion was involved in an IBCS test along with multiple sensors, shooters and mission command platforms, making it the most complex test the system has seen to date, Gibson told reporters Aug. 13 shortly after the test event.

The cruise missile targets were defeated by PAC-3 missiles coming from entirely separate launchers at the same battery site, Col. Phil Rottenborn, IBCS project manager within the Army’s Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, said.

IBCS also made it possible to move Sentinel radars more forward on the battlefield, providing more time to track the target, which allowed the commander on the ground to engage a single interceptor per target, according to Col. Tony Behrens, Army capability manager and director of the Army Air & Missile Defense Command. Typically, two interceptors, one following the other, are deployed against a single missile target in case the first misses for added insurance.

With IBCS, the Army will be able to use less interceptors in engagements, Behrens said.

And the system was also challenged by electronic attack during the live fire where one of the seven integrated fire control network relays was taken out of the mix by a jammer. The system was able to operate and defeat challenging target sets through debris even with a relay removed from the game.

The Army conducting the limited user test of its Integrated Battle Command System or IBCS in August 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army).
The Army conducting the limited user test of its Integrated Battle Command System or IBCS in August 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army).

The Army will conduct another live fire test next week with senior officials attending that will up the ante. IBCS will go up against both a cruise missile and a ballistic missile during that event, according to Army Futures Command Commander Gen. Mike Murray.

Once the LUT wraps up in mid-September, the Army will need to go through “terabytes, lots and lots of data” over the following three months, Murray said.

The service will then go before a production decision board, currently scheduled for November 20. And if IBCS is approved to move forward, the service will conduct an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the system in a year.

The Army plans to equip its first unit with IBCS — the same battalion executing the LUT — in fiscal 2022.

IBCS will not only serve as the brains of the Army’s future Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense System, but will also be the command-and-control system for its future Integrated Fire Protection Capability that will defend against rockets, artillery and mortars as well as cruise missile and unmanned aircraft threats. And IBCS is likely to play an integral part in the next generation program called Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), which is expected to provide an information architecture across all services and domains for warfare.

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Five Tips to Rock Your Virtual Interview https://unockia.xyz/five-tips-to-rock-your-virtual-interview/ https://unockia.xyz/five-tips-to-rock-your-virtual-interview/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:02:42 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/five-tips-to-rock-your-virtual-interview/ 2020-08-13 19:30:06
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1. Test your technology beforehand

We have all experienced unexpected technical difficulties at the worst possible time. Make sure to check your connection before your interview. You should also make sure you’ve downloaded and created an account on whichever platform your interviewer is using. (At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, we like to use Microsoft Teams). This can eliminate a last-minute scramble to get logged in and join the interview.

If you don’t have access to internet or need other accommodations, let your recruiter know. Our team is ready to work with candidates to remove barriers that could stand in the way of you landing your dream job with us!

2. Minimize distractions

Find a quiet, private place to take your interview call or have your video interview. We completely understand that life happens. Maybe a roommate or pet makes some noise, and we won’t judge you for that. However, we encourage you to do your best to step away and minimize unnecessary sounds.

You should choose a background that is free of distractions. You may even choose to blur your background or use a fake background image. A neutral background is a great bet. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s appropriate and allows you to shine. We won’t be evaluating your décor. We just want to hear about you and why you’re the best fit for the position.

3. In-person or virtual, dress professionally

Whether communicating through a screen or face-to-face, you should dress professionally for every interview. This doesn’t mean you need to have the perfect or most expensive outfit. Just put your best foot forward! Doing so helps you appear prepared and excited about the position. It will also make you feel more confident for your interview.

*Tip: If you are unsure what to wear to an interview, business attire is typical. A nice jacket will give you a polished look.

4. Prepare in advance

Even though you will be spending time talking about yourself and your own experiences, preparing in advance helps you communicate concisely and clearly. This means thinking through what you want to share about yourself and what you want to know about the company.

Thoughtful questions will help you determine if you can see yourself joining the organization. We typically ask behavioral interview questions. To learn more about how to prepare for those, read 7 Tips to Ace your Next Interview.

5. Communicate with your Interviewer or Scheduler

Wireless connections, pets, and family members can be unpredictable. Things happen – just let us know about them. At Blue Cross NC, we understand that during an interview, you might be balancing your education, personal life, and professional development in one space.

If your wireless connection struggles with video capability, we can work with that. If you live with multiple people and there is some background noise, we can work with that too. If you anticipate any challenges, make sure to keep us in the loop so that we can join you in being flexible and adaptable.

6. Most importantly, be yourself

In person, on the phone, or on camera, we want you to be yourself.

Interviews are just as much about you determining if you can see yourself somewhere as they are about being evaluated for a position by the company.


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How to shop homeowners insurance for the first time. https://unockia.xyz/how-to-shop-homeowners-insurance-for-the-first-time/ https://unockia.xyz/how-to-shop-homeowners-insurance-for-the-first-time/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:10:48 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/how-to-shop-homeowners-insurance-for-the-first-time/ 2020-08-13 11:55:38
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A house to call your own is something people dream about and save for. And when your dream home is within reach, it’s important to protect your investment with the right insurance coverage so you can start enjoying your home sweet home. If you’re a first-time home buyer, we’ll walk you through how to shop homeowners insurance.

When looking for a homeowners insurance policy, you should:

  1. Shop by home type. Are you buying a 1920s bungalow? A condo? A new build in a new subdivision? Matching your home type to your homeowners insurance policy can provide better coverage. (For example: A dwellings under construction policy can start protecting your new build from risk the moment you break ground.)
  2. Find the right amount of coverage. Although there are no state-mandated requirements for homeowners coverage, being underinsured could cost you in the long run. Consider purchasing enough coverage for the cost of a complete rebuild (including labor and materials). That amount is called the replacement value or replacement cost.
  3. Learn your home’s story. Learning what’s happened in your home before you move in can inform you of what might happen in the future. For example, if the property had sewage problems in the past, you may want to add water backup coverage. If your home has experienced wind damage, review roof protection options.
  4. Insure the details. If your home has unusual or costly details like one-of-a-kind woodwork, a smart home system or built-in movie theater, you’ll want to work with an agent to factor the value and replacement cost of these features into your policy.
  5. Understand your deductibles. Your policy’s deductible is the portion of a claim you’re responsible for. It’s important to make sure that amount is within your budget. Compare deductible options to find what will work best for you.
  6. Shop for coverage early. While you won’t technically own your home before closing, mortgage companies might ask for evidence of insurance a few days before you close. Not having insurance in place could delay this process. Shop early to ensure an on-time closing.

For more advice on how to shop homeowners insurance, talk to an independent agent today. The right homeowners insurance policy is easiest to build with an expert by your side.

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Griffin joins Rocket Lab board following Pentagon exit https://unockia.xyz/griffin-joins-rocket-lab-board-following-pentagon-exit/ https://unockia.xyz/griffin-joins-rocket-lab-board-following-pentagon-exit/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:41:17 +0000 https://unockia.xyz/griffin-joins-rocket-lab-board-following-pentagon-exit/ 2020-08-12 20:42:46
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WASHINGTON — Just over a month after leaving the Pentagon, former Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin has joined the board of Rocket Lab, a small launch provider with increasing business with the U.S. government.

“Rocket Lab has established itself as the leader in dedicated small satellite launch, and it’s a privilege to be joining the board at an exciting time for the business as it continues to increase launch cadence and expand into satellite manufacturing and operations,” said Griffin in a statement. “Space continues to be a highly contested domain crucial to our national security, and it’s also a domain that presents significant commercial opportunity. The Rocket Lab team has a proven track record of executing on a clear vision to make space accessible to these diverse communities, and I look forward to supporting that vision.”

As the U.S. government has sought to leverage the growing small launch market in recent years, Rocket Lab has been there to pick up the contracts. The U.S. Air Force has awarded the company multiple launch contracts in recent years, and the U.S. Space Force is expected to launch a payload with the company in the coming months. At the same time, the National Reconnaissance Office launched its first payload from New Zealand on one of the company’s Electron rockets earlier this year.

Although the company recently saw one of their launches fail to reach orbit, resulting in the loss of all commercial payloads onboard, a subsequent investigation has cleared Rocket Lab to resume launch activities and both NRO and the Space and Missile Systems Center have said they plan to continue doing business with the company.

Griffin’s addition to the board certainly reflects the company’s desire to continue pursuing national security small launch contracts.

“We are honored to welcome Mike to Rocket Lab’s board of directors,” said Rocket Lab founder and Chief Executive Peter Beck. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the civil, defense, and commercial space sectors that will be invaluable to our team as Rocket Lab continues to grow and meet the ever-evolving launch and space systems needs of the national security community and commercial sector alike.”

Griffin has a long history in the space arena. In 2005 he became the 11th NASA Administrator, a position he held until his resignation in 2008. During his tenure he initiated development of the agency’s first commercial cargo delivery service to orbit.

More recently at head of R&E for the Department of Defense, Griffin was heavily involved in rethinking how the Pentagon approached the space domain. Griffin oversaw the establishment of the Space Development Agency in 2019, despite resistance from inside and outside of the Pentagon. Griffin was the agency’s most high profile advocate, pushing for funding for the nascent organization from Congress and arguing that it should remain independent from the U.S. Air Force’s traditional space acquisitions structure—at least initially.

Over the agency’s first year and a half, he helped articulate a unique identity for the SDA in developing a new proliferated constellation in low Earth orbit, which will eventually be made up of hundreds of satellites. That National Defense Space Architecture is now expected to be a key component to two of DoD’s most pressing issues: Hypersonic missile warning and Joint All Domain Command and Control.

During his tenure, Griffin was well known for his strong personality, which ruffled the feathers of both his colleagues at DoD and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Most notably, he clashed with former Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson over the establishment of SDA, and the day before he announced his resignation the House Armed Services Committee recommended removing the Missile Defense Agency from under his control.

Griffin announced his resignation June 23, officially exiting the building July 10. He and his deputy, Lisa Porter—who resigned at the same time—have since opened up a new business together called Logiq Inc.

White House Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios was announced as Griffin’s successor.

Aaron Mehta in Washington contributed to this story.

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WASHINGTON — The Army has validated its design for its future helicopter engine that will replace current engines in both UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and remains on schedule to deliver the first engine for testing in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, according to service officials in charge of the effort.

The ITEP program has seen a long — and often delayed — journey as the service wrestled with funding and development strategies for several years.

The ITEP CDR was a multi-month process that consisted of three phases, Hylton told Defense News in a written statement.

The engine control system component CDR was completed on June 5, followed by the software CDR on July 17 and the engine systems CDR on July 24, he said.

The Army and GE are making “tremendous efforts to keep COVID-19 impacts from delaying the program,” Hylton wrote.

GE is now working toward a test readiness review ahead of the first engine test.

“We are full steam ahead in terms of understanding where we need to go next with respect to the design, Col. Gregory Fortier, who is in charge of the program office for the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, said during a media briefing last month.

The Army has “no reason to believe we will not fly in FY23,” he said.

According to FY21 Army budget request justification documents, the service plans to flying an aircraft with an ITEP engine installed in the first quarter of FY23 followed by a low-rate initial production decision in the fourth quarter of FY24.

A full-rate production decision is expected in FY26.

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