Leidos wins IT contracts with U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency

The Defense Intelligence Agency has awarded the national security engineering solutions company Leidos a prime contract to provide enhanced solutions for information technology (IT) requirements; the agreement covers multiple contract awards with indefinite delivery and quantity specifications, with the contracts having a one-year base period of performance with four more one-year options. Read More »

House vote expected this week on repeal of U.S. oil export ban

The U.S. House is set to vote on the oil-export-ban repeal bill, H.R. 702, introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, (R-TX), by the end of this week. Despite opposition from both the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, the bill has the support of House GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is  seen as the leading candidate to replace departing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Read More »

Miller co-sponsors bill to increase oversight of Syrian refugees entering the US

Rep. Candice Miller, vice chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, is urging caution in U.S. policy on refugees fleeing violence in Syria. Miller is cosponsoring the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act, legislation that grants Congressional oversight of the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program. Read More »

U.N. secretary-general calls for preventive efforts against global terrorism

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a United Nations meeting on Tuesday in New York, where he addressed the growing fear of terrorism throughout the world. “Violent extremist groups – including Da’esh and Boko Haram – pose a direct threat to international security, mercilessly target women and girls, and undermine universal values of peace, justice and human dignity,” Ki-moon said. Read More »

Homeland Security establishes office to combat violent extremism

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson announced the creation of the Office for Community Partnerships, which will be dedicated to countering violent extremism through community partnerships. Part of the Department of Homeland Security, the office will build relationships and promote trust in local U.S. communities as they seek to undercut terrorist narratives. Read More »

Textron to provide 55 new armored vehicles to Afghan National Army

Textron Marine & Land Systems, part of the Textron Inc. family of defense industry businesses, will supply 55 new COMMANDO Select four-wheeled armored vehicles to the Afghan National Army (ANA); the $56.2 million firm-fixed-price contract comes from the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan, and it is reported that the Afghan Army is purchasing the vehicles through the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. Read More »

Moog unveils Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform turret

Moog Incorporated’s Space and Defense Group introduced its new Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform at a live fire demonstration at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama last week alongside the company’s defense-industry partner, DRS Technologies. The easily installed turret is designed to ensure U.S. and Allied forces see enemies first, engage first and achieve mission success. Read More »

BAE Systems to provide Army with 90,000 body armor plates

International defense contractor BAE Systems has been awarded a $45 million contract modification from the U.S. Army to make body armor for soldiers.The contract is for a low-rate, initial production of 90,000 plates of lightweight torso and side body armor. The contract modification was awarded under the Soldier Protection System Vital Torso Protection program. Read More »