Cubic Transportation Systems hires new Australia manager

Cubic Transportation Systems officials on Thursday announced that Bruce Were has been hired as general manager of the company’s operations in Victoria, Australia. “Were brings to the job more than 20 years of international experience in the delivery of automated fare collection systems for transport,” Tom Walker, Cubic’s managing director in Australia, said. Read More »

Senators register concerns over consumer protections for military families

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has added his name to a growing list of senators seeking to preserve the special consumer protections afforded to U.S. military families. Durbin joins Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in calling on U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to intensify efforts on behalf of U.S. service members. Read More »

Coalition airstrikes continue to hinder ISIS efforts in Iraq, Syria

Coalition military forces continue to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, with combined military efforts that have conducted 20 airstrikes over the past week, using fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a mission to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community. Read More »

Defense Health Agency improves military access to healthcare

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is moving toward full operational capability (FOC) and improving the quality of care for U.S. soldiers; James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy (WCP), said that this is more than just plans and policy changes, having provided better non-medical care and better access to medical programs during the transition. Read More »

Wisconsin to teach citizens to protect themselves at cyber security summit

Wisconsin is set to host cyber security experts at its third annual Cyber Security Summit at Marquette University in Milwaukee on Oct. 28; last year, more than three thousand citizens of Wisconsin were the victims of cyber crime, and law enforcement officials say that number continues to grow, including businesses and government agencies that have fallen prey to cyber theft. Read More »

Spanish airports to install new Smiths Detection explosives scanner

The U.K.-based threat detection and screening technology manufacturer Smiths Detection has been contracted by the Spanish Airport Operator -- also known as Aena -- to equip 24 airports with the new IONSCAN 600 passenger screening explosives detector; the company will be providing three hundred of the recently launched screening systems, manufactured in Watford, U.K. Read More »

Cubic Global Defense helps organize joint U.S.-Australian training exercise

Defense contractor Cubic Global Defense participated in the Talisman Sabre exercise, a biennial military exercise that trains Australian and U.S. forces. The exercise is intended to improve combat readiness and interoperability between the two nations, offering the opportunity to rehearse a variety of mission profiles from conventional conflict to humanitarian assistance. Read More »

Northrop Grumman celebrates 20 years producing directional infrared countermeasures

The system developed by Northrop Grumman has produced five generations of directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) products, which have protected more than 1,200 U.S. and allied aircraft against sophisticated infrared guided missile threats. The system has amassed more than a million combat hours without allowing a single strike on a DIRCM-protected aircraft. Read More »

New U.N. First Committee chairman to strengthen ties with Conference on Disarmament

The U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament is the only multilateral disarmament negotiating forum for the international community, while the General Assembly's First Committee is focused on seeking solutions to issues of disarmament and global threats to peace. The Chairman-designate of the First Committee wants to reinforce the connection between the U.N.'s disarmament goals. Read More »

Survey shows Americans to be historically divided over foreign policy issues

Citizens in the United States are sharply divided on foreign policy issues among Republicans, Democrats and independent voters, according to new survey data from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which has released data that shows a historic level of disagreement over foreign policy, even on issues that held bipartisan support just a decade ago. Read More »

House Homeland Security Committee introduces bill to counter violent extremism

In a unanimous bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security has passed H.R. 2899 -- which is called the “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act of 2015” -- a bill that was introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul, who said he believes the U.S. faces mounting threats of violent extremism and that the government is doing too little to counter. Read More »