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EADS wins $550m UAE command-and-control deal

February 23rd, 2011 by David No Comments

EADS has won a contract worth $550m to supply the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) armed forces with a new command and control system.

The deal was announced by Cassidian Systems, EADS’ defence and security division, at the IDEX defence industry show taking place in the UAE.

Cassidian will work with its joint venture company Emiraje in the UAE.

Thales wins extension to Nato Afghan comms contract

February 21st, 2011 by David No Comments

Nato has extended Thales’ contract to operate the secured communications and information systems for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Thales has operated the ISAF system for almost four years already, with over 7,000 Nato users utilising the network across Afghan territory.

The system uses satellite, point-to-point radio links, fibre optics, secure VoIP and video on demand. It also offers data storage and backup capabilities for users and military business applications.

BAE completes L-1 cyber intelligence buyout

February 17th, 2011 by David No Comments

BAE Systems has completed its acquisition of the Intelligence Services Group (ISG) part of L-1 Identity Solutions,

ISG is comprised of several intelligence and cyber security technology and advisory businesses: SpecTal, Advanced Concepts, and McClendon.

US-based ISG employs just over 1,000 people.

“The ISG acquisition is also consistent with BAE Systems’ strategy to grow its services business in cyber and intelligence,” said BAE.

BAE says it acquired ISG for approximately $297m. The deal was initially announced in September. 

US to spend $500m on cyber security research -Lynn

February 16th, 2011 by David No Comments

Deputy US defense secretary William Lynn has said a growing threat to US cyber security will require a partnership between the government and technology industries to address it.

Lynn added that it would take a generation to reduce the worst of the present weaknesses in cyber security.

To that end he announced $500m in research spending into cyber technologies, with a focus on areas like cloud computing, virtualization, and encrypted processing.

Lynn said the US department of defense initiative will also provide seed capital to private firms through a “Cyber Accelerator” pilot to produce technologies for commercial and defence cyber security usage.

“The overwhelming percentage of our nation’s critical [information] infrastructure, including the Internet itself, is in private hands,” said Lynn, adding that it would take “vast technological and human resources to ensure the United States retains its preeminent capabilities in cyberspace, as it does in all the other domains”.

UK defence secretary responds to email gaffe

February 16th, 2011 by David No Comments

The UK’s defence secretary Liam Fox has spoken about his ‘fury’ over a blunder that meant 38 long-serving soldiers were notified by email that their contracts were being terminated.

The 38 men are British Army warrant officers, one of whom is reportedly serving in Afghanistan.

“I am furious that such a situation should occur,” said Fox. “This is no way to treat our Armed Forces personnel. I want to know how this was allowed to happen and what measures will be put in place to prevent this from happening again.”

An Army spokesman said that commanders had apologised to the soldiers and that they will receive advice and support, but will still lose their jobs.

The Ministry of Defence says this is a result of standard manning reviews rather than as part of cuts outlined in the Strategic Defence and Security Review last year.

Armed forces minister Nick Harvey also apologised for the email blunder, calling it a ‘serious administrative error’ and adding that appropriate steps were being taken to ensure it does not recur.

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