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News Article | May 10, 2017
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Ace Technology Partners just announced the completion of a major workstation order for USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) Mission Planning. The order was for 835 custom workstations, each with two monitors, that can accommodate legacy technology and achieve compatibility with multiple operating systems. Ace Technology Partners Regional Sales Manager Gary Mosso said, “Building these workstations to be compatible with several operating systems was a challenge for our engineers. Also, we had to source components that are generally not available anymore. But the experience of our engineers and our strong partner network allowed us to deliver exactly what this client wanted.” Before the initial order was officially awarded, Mission Planning required a test workstation from a number of vendors, including Ace Technology Partners. The company won the award because of a superior product built with high quality components at a competitive price. Once the order was completed, Mission Planning performed a second round of comprehensive tests on a representative sample prior to shipment. Mission Planning has since ordered 268 additional workstations. “Because they worked with us many times before, they already knew that our systems are very reliable,” Mosso said. “That helped us win this initial workstation order and the additional business. There was a level of comfort and an outstanding value proposition. Mission Planning received a very reliable, high quality system that was competitively priced.” These workstations were ordered out of Scott Air Force Base, which is one of the top strategic military installations in the U.S. The base commands and controls all air, land and sea logistics of the U.S. military. Scott AFB is operated by the 375th Air Mobility Wing and is also home to the Air Force Reserve Command's 932nd Airlift Wing and the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing. Ace Technology Partners CEO John Samborski said, “Our mutually beneficial relationship with the U.S. military extends back more than three decades. The fact that we have been able to perform to their exacting standards all of this time sends a strong message to the entire marketplace that we sell and back superior products.” NETCENTS 2 provides federal agencies, including the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense, with a thoroughly vetted source for standardized networking equipment, supplies and related services. Products that Ace Technology Partners is authorized to sell through NETCENTS 2 include servers, storage, networking equipment, peripherals, multimedia, software, and identity management/biometric hardware and software. Acknowledged as one of the finest custom technology resellers in the U.S., ISO 9001 Certified Ace Technology Partners currently holds the following contracts: NETCENTS 2, SEWP V, NASPO ValuePoint (formerly WSCA), and CMAS (Calif.). It is a Woman-Owned Small Business operating in both the public sector and commercial sector. Channel partners include Intel, Supermicro, NVIDIA, Mellanox and Samsung among others. Ace Technology Partners is an authorized Microsoft Surface Partner. The company has been an industry leader since 1983. In addition to some of the finest academic institutions in the U.S., long-term clients include the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Its principal, recognized industry expert John Samborski, is an alumnus of Intel’s prestigious board of advisors. In addition to its Greater Chicago headquarters, Ace Technology Partners has locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nevada. To contact Ace Technology Partners, call 1-877-223-2667 or 1-847-952-6900 or visit http://www.acetechpartners.com. For media inquiries, contact Jeanna Van Rensselar at Smart PR Communications; 630-363-8081; jeanna(at)smartprcommunications(dot)com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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CDO Technologies, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, creators of the Critical Asset Tracking Solution (CATS), has announced support of the AsReader® UHF RFID Readers/Writers. End users may now use the iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad® equipped with an AsReader RFID reader/writer and the CATS application to inventory UHF band RFID tagged assets. “Many of us have experienced frustrating situations where important tools or expensive machinery are misplaced in warehouses or left out in the field,” said Robert Zielinski, CDO Technologies’ director of commercial marketing. “The CATS system can help workers locate tagged items quickly and efficiently, helping companies save on employee search time, product and tool replacement-- and relationships.” CDO’s Critical Asset Tracking Solution is used by private and public companies to facilitate tracking and finding manufactured products and tools in warehouses and out in the field. Missing items such as tools, equipment, client files, electronic components or customer information can drastically hinder workflow efficiency and be costly to an organization. Using CATS to capture an asset’s Last Known Location and leveraging an RFID device’s capability to quickly “zero in” on missing items dramatically shortens search-time and reduces costs. “As a global technology firm, AsReader understands the importance of visibility and data analysis,” stated Robert Yount, AsReader senior account executive. “Providing an affordable RFID solution for millions of iOS users to leverage CATS to track and find assets will greatly benefit today’s organizations.” Current CATS users are already considering AsReader’s compact devices to more frequently capture asset information between manufacturing and customer delivery, to more rapidly locate specific items in inventory storage, and to identify specialty tools in use during production or calibration. By cost effectively adding visibility points to an asset’s travel path, these organizations will better serve their customers, increase production capability, and reduce replacement costs. CDO Technologies supports a complete portfolio of Automatic Identification Data Capture (AIDC) technology and mobility solutions for federal, municipal, commercial and education markets. AIDC solutions help improve the visibility, accuracy, and efficiency of logistics, asset management, manufacturing, healthcare, and customer service operations. AsReader, Inc. manufactures modular UHF RFID sleds and “gun style” units that are tightly integrated with iOS smart devices with reading ranges of short (3 feet), medium (15 feet) and long (32 plus feet). AsReader is a member of the RAIN global alliance and is compliant with the GS1 UHF Gen2 protocol and others. “Since CDO Critical Asset Tracking Solution was first commercialized roughly two years ago, we have seen the application used by a variety of industries to radically evolve their businesses,” said Zielinski. “By supporting AsReader devices, organizations will be even better prepared to serve their customers and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) benefits.” For more information about CDO Technologies and its services and products, go to http://www.cdotech.com or call Robert Zielinski at (937) 476-2278. CDO Technologies, Inc. is an ISO: 9001:2008 certified organization headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, that provides information technology solutions to public and private sector clients. It was founded in 1995 to assist the USAF and other Department of Defense customers. CDO Technologies offers the advantage of experience and aptitude-- along with the ability to react at the speed of business. For more information, contact http://www.cdotech.com


News Article | May 12, 2017
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The OA-X experiment is part of the USAF's effort to explore the benefits of acquiring a new, low-cost, non-developmental light attack aircraft to provide close air support and other missions in permissive and semi-permissive environments, reduce fighter pilot training costs, and accelerate pilot seasoning. The OA-X will accomplish those objectives while preserving and extending the service lives of other jet fleets. "The A-29 is uniquely suited for training and seasoning fighter pilots," said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. "This means more highly-trained pilots more quickly and less expensively, while allowing other platforms to do the work they do best." Manufactured in Florida and in use by a dozen air forces worldwide, the A-29 is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of fighter and ISR missions. The USAF-certified A-29 is combat-proven in Afghanistan and in theaters around the globe. About Embraer Defense & Security Leader in the aerospace and defense industry of Latin America, Embraer Defense & Security offers a complete line of integrated solutions such as C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence Center) applications, leading edge technologies in the production of radars, advanced information, air traffic control and communication systems, integrated systems for border monitoring and surveillance, as well as military and government transportation aircraft. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products are present in more than 60 countries. About Sierra Nevada Corporation Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC has been honored as one of "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space," and one of America's fastest growing companies. SNC's diverse technologies are used in applications including telemedicine, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, commercial aviation, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a workforce of nearly 3,000 personnel in 34 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany and Turkey providing global support to customers. For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SierraNevCorp and Twitter @SierraNevCorp. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/snc--embraer-to-participate-in-usaf-oa-x-experiment-with-a-29-super-tucano-300457096.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
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The X-37B spacecraft operated by the U.S. Air Force landed at Kennedy Space Center on the morning of May 7, causing a sonic boom that was heard by residents across central Florida. The unmanned spaceplane spent 718 days in orbit before coming down, about a month and a half longer than the craft's previous record of 674 days. The Air Force operates two X-37Bs, which are reusable spaceplanes built by Boeing that launch on Atlas V rockets for extended missions in orbit. Similar to the Space Shuttle in appearance, the X-37B is only about a quarter of the size at 29 feet long. The spaceplane needs no cockpit or life support systems, and can operate in orbit for hundreds of days at a time. Like the Space Shuttle, the X-37B has double doors that cover a payload bay, which is about the size of the bed of a pickup truck. What exactly the Air Force uses the X-37B for is classified. The description of the spacecraft on the USAF website reads: "Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft that performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies." It has been widely speculated that the craft is used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, spying on operations in places like Iran and North Korea. Because the craft can land and have its payload swapped out whenever the Air Force deems it necessary, the X-37B could potentially be used for a number of missions and testing platforms. Experts have also guessed that the X-37B could be used for testing autonomous flight technologies, serve as a communications relay in orbit, or serve as a testing platform for systems that could ultimately be used on a manned spacecraft. The operations of the X-37B might be classified, but there is no hiding it when it reenters the atmosphere and shakes the countryside with a sonic boom. This is the first time the craft has landed in Florida, having performed all three of its previous landings in California. Another mission using the X-37B is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral later this year. How long the X-37B will orbit this time, and what exactly it will be doing, is known only by a handful of people in the Department of Defense. You Might Also Like


News Article | May 12, 2017
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Air Missile Defence Technology 2017 to feature senior military representatives from V4 nations, US Army PEO Missiles & Space, and key industry experts. London, United Kingdom, May 12, 2017 --( The two-day conference comes at a relevant time, with more nations planning to upgrade or replace their AMD systems and looking to industry to provide their next generation platforms. Furthermore, as regional tensions in Eastern Europe arise, AMD continues to be a crucial capability to maintain in order to compete against new and modern threats including cruise and ballistic missiles and UAVs. Bringing together air defence operators and technical experts from the military and industry, the event agenda has been curated to provide a discussion on threats to the increasingly complex air space and the solutions available to defeat these threats from the air including missiles, rockets, artillery, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles. Highlights of this year includes senior representation from the V4 to discuss further integration for air defence and policing; expert briefings from more industry solution providers including Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Northrop Grumman and Weibel Scientific; and an exclusive keynote from the IAMD Programme Manager of the US Army's PEO Missiles and Space. Military speakers include: Colonel Jaroslaw Ackermann, Chief of the Air Defence Branch, Czech Armed Forces Colonel Jan Sedliacik, Commander of the 25th Air Defence Regiment, Czech Armed Forces Major Jaroslav Sekanina, Exercise SME GBAD, Czech Air Force Michael Chandler, Programme Manager Integrated AMD, PEO Missiles and Space, US Army Colonel Tomas Jukusz, Chief GBAD Specialist, Polish Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Frank Zwarts, Head, NLD GBAMD Knowledge Center, Royal Netherlands Army Colonel Ladislav Dovhun, GBAD Brigade Commander, Slovakian Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Tibor Maty, DCOM SAM WING 12 ‘Arrabona’, Hungarian Army Lieutenant Colonel Gatis Gailitis, Commander, Combined Control and Reporting Center Karmelava, BALNET Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Lynch, BMDOC OPS Director, NATO AIRCOM Peter Woodmansee, HQ U.S European Command Missile Defense Program Manager, United States European Command Industry speakers include: Brigadier General Kenneth Todorov USAF (Ret), Director, Global AMD, Northrop Grumman Fabio Bonanni, Head of Air Defense Architectures and Italy Technology, MBDA Ian Spillane, Chief Engineer, Mission Support, Lockheed Martin UK Lars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S The full agenda can be viewed on www.airmissiledefence.com/prcom. For those interested in attending, there is currently an Early Bird discount of £300 for online registrations made by 31st May 2017. 2nd annual Air Missile Defence Technology Conference October 24 & 25, 2017 Courtyard by Marriott Prague Airport Hotel, Czech Republic http://www.airmissiledefence.com/prcom Contact Information: For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk. For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on smalick@smi-online.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk. About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, May 12, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Drawing on from the success of last year’s launch event, SMi Group has announced the return of the highly-anticipated Air Missile Defence Technology 2017 conference, which takes place in Prague on the 24th and 25th October. The agenda has been released and online registration is now live.The two-day conference comes at a relevant time, with more nations planning to upgrade or replace their AMD systems and looking to industry to provide their next generation platforms. Furthermore, as regional tensions in Eastern Europe arise, AMD continues to be a crucial capability to maintain in order to compete against new and modern threats including cruise and ballistic missiles and UAVs.Bringing together air defence operators and technical experts from the military and industry, the event agenda has been curated to provide a discussion on threats to the increasingly complex air space and the solutions available to defeat these threats from the air including missiles, rockets, artillery, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles.Highlights of this year includes senior representation from the V4 to discuss further integration for air defence and policing; expert briefings from more industry solution providers including Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Northrop Grumman and Weibel Scientific; and an exclusive keynote from the IAMD Programme Manager of the US Army's PEO Missiles and Space.Military speakers include:Colonel Jaroslaw Ackermann, Chief of the Air Defence Branch, Czech Armed ForcesColonel Jan Sedliacik, Commander of the 25th Air Defence Regiment, Czech Armed ForcesMajor Jaroslav Sekanina, Exercise SME GBAD, Czech Air ForceMichael Chandler, Programme Manager Integrated AMD, PEO Missiles and Space, US ArmyColonel Tomas Jukusz, Chief GBAD Specialist, Polish Armed ForcesLieutenant Colonel Frank Zwarts, Head, NLD GBAMD Knowledge Center, Royal Netherlands ArmyColonel Ladislav Dovhun, GBAD Brigade Commander, Slovakian Air ForceLieutenant Colonel Tibor Maty, DCOM SAM WING 12 ‘Arrabona’, Hungarian ArmyLieutenant Colonel Gatis Gailitis, Commander, Combined Control and Reporting Center Karmelava, BALNETLieutenant Colonel Arthur Lynch, BMDOC OPS Director, NATO AIRCOMPeter Woodmansee, HQ U.S European Command Missile Defense Program Manager, United States European CommandIndustry speakers include:Brigadier General Kenneth Todorov USAF (Ret), Director, Global AMD, Northrop GrummanFabio Bonanni, Head of Air Defense Architectures and Italy Technology, MBDAIan Spillane, Chief Engineer, Mission Support, Lockheed Martin UKLars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/SThe full agenda can be viewed on www.airmissiledefence.com/prcom.For those interested in attending, there is currently an Early Bird discount of £300 for online registrations made by 31st May 2017.2nd annual Air Missile Defence Technology ConferenceOctober 24 & 25, 2017Courtyard by Marriott Prague Airport Hotel, Czech Republichttp://www.airmissiledefence.com/prcomContact Information:For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk.For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on smalick@smi-online.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk.About SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who till now, was more or less a controversy-free figure in President Donald Trump’s cabinet, has come into the limelight after it was let loose that the POTUS acted on his recommendation to fire James Comey, Tuesday. However, Rosenstein has refused to be painted as the scapegoat by the Trump administration and has even threatened to quit, the Washington Post reports. Apparently, he was caught off guard when the White House put a major part of the blame behind Comey’s firing on him. Rosenstein might be justified in defending himself because the memo that he drew up and submitted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Comey, quoted a number of top governmental officials, after which he cited his conclusion regarding the same: “I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials,” stated Rosenstein in the memo, Vox reports. “The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of his mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.” Following the untimely end to Comey’s career, many had commented on the absurdity of Trump’s decision to replace the FBI director. Since Trump did not protest on Comey’s action to reopen investigations on Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails during his Presidential campaign, the sudden urgency to fire him now initially seemed to be an odd judgment call by Trump. People eventually came to the conclusion that the fact that Comey was looking into the Trump campaign’s possible collusions with Russia led him to getting fired. The White House, although, strictly denied such allegations. Also, getting the very top officials to prepare a case against Comey, including Rosenstein, a pioneer of bipartisanship, who is supervising the probe regarding Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, has been termed as a puzzling decision by Trump. Making things worse, Comey wasn’t even officially informed that he was getting laid off and he found out the news along with the rest of the world, when he switched on the television, CNBC reports. Trump chose to justify his decision by simply saying that Comey was being fired because he “was not doing a good job.” The White House also remained vague in giving the exact reason behind the vital decision. The official statement reiterated on the fact that the Trump had considered firing Comey for a long time, and he just implemented the same, Tuesday. The way the entire affair was handled disgusted many and there has been uproar of criticism regarding the same on social media. Much of the heat is being directed at Rosenstein at present, tarnishing his as of yet spotless reputation. Read: Kim Dotcom Wants FBI Director James Comey To Be Questioned By New Zealand Police​ Ted Lieu, an USAF veteran and member of the congress has tweeted out that Rosenstein should seriously consider stepping down from his post after being unwittingly played by Trump’s administration. Following his firing, Comey has reached out to his former staff and colleagues with the following message, as obtained by CNN: Nationwide protests have broken out since Comey was fired. People took to the streets to display their anger regarding Trump's decision.  Neither the justice department, nor Rosenstein has come forward with an official statement regarding the controversy surrounding Comey's dismissal.  Will James Comey Be Questioned By New Zealand Police?


News Article | May 20, 2017
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Sharkbait, A Flight Surgeon’s Odyssey in Vietnam, by Dr. Guy C. Clark of Santa Barbara, is just out from Weeping Willow Books (http://www.weepingwillowbooks.com). Dr. Clark was a 28-year-old Air Force physician when he received orders to go to Vietnam in 1966. Thus began a year-long assignment that would find Clark flying more than ninety bombing missions over Vietnam in the Phantom F4-C, plunging deep into the Viet Cong-infested jungle with a gaggle of Republic of Korea Marines in search of the remains of two lost Phantom pilots, and tending to the medical needs of the pilots he flew with. Sharkbait tells these stories and more, including Clark’s survival of “Jungle Survival School” in the Philippines, and temporary assignments at Vung Tau (the “Riviera” for servicemen in Vietnam), Binh Thuy, and other Air Force outposts in Vietnam. Along the way, Clark introduces readers to arrogant and clueless military brass, and courageous pilots who day after day fly into the danger and uncertainty of a war that was becoming increasingly unpopular at home. Clark’s experiences as flight surgeon and doctor to the pilots who flew bombing missions every day were very different from the ground troops and helicopter pilots, many of whom have written eloquently about their own war experiences. Clark was a physician who dreamed of high adventure, and flying with the Phantom F4-C pilots was the ultimate high. Fifty-two years after the beginning of the war in Vietnam, Dr. Clark’s memoir tells a part of the story that hasn’t been told. Here is what others say about Sharkbait: “Dr. Clark gives us a richly detailed insider’s look into America’s Vietnam War journey in a fast-breaking succession of gripping firsthand accounts. This absorbing tale takes the reader from the limits of human performance at the edge of space to the breaking point of human endurance in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Dr. Clark’s insightful account—with perspectives drawn from classical literature as well as his own soul-searching—gives the reader a deeply personal window into this seminal era of American history.” —Lt. Gen. Philip Conley Jr., USAF retired “A must-read for any military literature buff. Dr. Clark gives a unique perspective on Air Force life and on flying missions before and during his Vietnam War tour. As a flight surgeon, his candid depiction of his experiences with fellow flying and non-flying airmen is worth reading itself. When his personal observations, fears, and experiences flying as a rear-seater in Vietnam-era jets are combined with his frank anecdotes of self-absorbed officer types encountered in the field of medicine, you have a fascinating read. The book is well-researched and documented with comparison charts of the mission capabilities of the various aircraft in which he flew—a real bonus for the techno-aviation fan. And finally, it is truly commendable that a flight surgeon was compelled to fly missions and experience the same as the men he had under his care.” —Dave Bruce, pilot & retired aerospace design CEO Sharkbait is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2pCZ8WR.


USSTRATCOM, US Army Cyber Command and National Reconnaissance Office at Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Summit Defense Strategies Institute's Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Summit will focus on emerging concepts, technologies and challenges that exist within the ever-growing domain of electromagnetic spectrum operations. Discussions will revolve around this year's theme of "Delivering EW and Cyber Capabilities for Multi-Domain Operations." Alexandria, VA, May 17, 2017 --( On June 20 & 21 Defense Strategies Institute will host the 3rd Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Summit, a whole-of-Government event revolving around the theme of "Delivering EW and Cyber Capabilities for Multi-Domain Operations." This summit will provide US military commands, government agencies, academia, and technology providers the opportunity to participate in an open discussion addressing the current and future needs that exist for government operations occurring within the electromagnetic spectrum. When: June 20-21, 2017 Where: The Mary M Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA Agenda at a Glance: - BG(P) Patricia Frost, USA Director of Cyber, HQDA G-3/5/7 (Tentative) will brief on the convergence of EW and cyber capabilities at the US Army in support of operational effectiveness. - Brig Gen Edward Sauley, USAF, Deputy Director of Operations for Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, USSTRATCOM will describe the efforts for attaining and maintaining electromagnetic spectrum superiority through EMS control. - BG Joseph McGee, USA, Deputy Commander, Operations, US Army Cyber Command to discuss directing and conducting integrated EW, information and cyberspace operations. - Tina Harrington, Director, Signals Intelligence, Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office to speak on the design, development, and acquisition of US Signals Intelligence Space Systems. - Douglas Wiltsie, SES, Director, Rapid Capabilities Office, US Army will discuss the efforts to provide a combined operational effect through rapid EW and cyber capability delivery. Over 16+ sessions to occur. See full speaker roster & get the latest agenda at http://ew.dsigroup.org. DSI welcomes any questions to have posed during the forum: questions should align with the topics of the sessions. Anyone interested in sending questions contact Morgan at mcolfax@dsigroup.org. Seating is limited – In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early Registration pricing ends next week. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and State personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the 3rd Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Summit can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at http://ew.dsigroup.org/ * Summit is Closed to press / No recordings Alexandria, VA, May 17, 2017 --( PR.com )-- As technology progresses and military advancements among developed nations grow, the availability of frequency bands on the EMS becomes limited. As competing nations cultivate and field electronic attacks, this reduces the ability of the DoD to access the spectrum in the most efficient and productive way. Unlike other domains, America is not as dominant in this space as it should be. As war continues to shift further into the EW/Cyber domain and competing nations are gaining an edge on this emerging threat, the DoD is looking towards EW as a critical aspect of all warfighter operations and deems it vital in the success of our nation.On June 20 & 21 Defense Strategies Institute will host the 3rd Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Summit, a whole-of-Government event revolving around the theme of "Delivering EW and Cyber Capabilities for Multi-Domain Operations." This summit will provide US military commands, government agencies, academia, and technology providers the opportunity to participate in an open discussion addressing the current and future needs that exist for government operations occurring within the electromagnetic spectrum.When: June 20-21, 2017Where: The Mary M Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VAAgenda at a Glance:- BG(P) Patricia Frost, USA Director of Cyber, HQDA G-3/5/7 (Tentative) will brief on the convergence of EW and cyber capabilities at the US Army in support of operational effectiveness.- Brig Gen Edward Sauley, USAF, Deputy Director of Operations for Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, USSTRATCOM will describe the efforts for attaining and maintaining electromagnetic spectrum superiority through EMS control.- BG Joseph McGee, USA, Deputy Commander, Operations, US Army Cyber Command to discuss directing and conducting integrated EW, information and cyberspace operations.- Tina Harrington, Director, Signals Intelligence, Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office to speak on the design, development, and acquisition of US Signals Intelligence Space Systems.- Douglas Wiltsie, SES, Director, Rapid Capabilities Office, US Army will discuss the efforts to provide a combined operational effect through rapid EW and cyber capability delivery.Over 16+ sessions to occur. See full speaker roster & get the latest agenda at http://ew.dsigroup.org.DSI welcomes any questions to have posed during the forum: questions should align with the topics of the sessions. Anyone interested in sending questions contact Morgan at mcolfax@dsigroup.org.Seating is limited –In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early Registration pricing ends next week. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and State personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the 3rd Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Summit can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at http://ew.dsigroup.org/* Summit is Closed to press / No recordings Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Defense Strategies Institute


News Article | May 17, 2017
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The two jumbo jets designated specifically for presidential transport have now been in service for more than a quarter century. Although these two modified Boeing 747-200Bs, known as VC-25s, are a couple of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world, with encrypted communications and electromagnetic pulse defenses, they are aging. It's time to start working on the replacement jets for Air Force One. "It's going to cost me money in the long run," General Carlton D. Everhart, commander of Air Mobility Command, said of continuing to fly the VC-25s. "It's not as efficient as a newer aircraft would be." Everhart recently talked with Popular Mechanics about the future of Air Force One, why the next AF1 will be a 747, and how you go about turning an ordinary airframe into a plane fit for the president. Air Force One is not a specific plane, but the call sign for any USAF aircraft with a sitting U.S. president on board. The VC-25s that do the job today entered service during George H.W. Bush's administration. In January 2015, the Air Force announced that new Boeing 747-8s would replace the VC-25s, and the long and complicated work to select and modify two of Boeing's largest 747 models began. After all, it's not easy to outfit one of the largest planes in the world for the President of the United States. The job is so extensive that the current administration is unlikely to ever get a chance to fly in the new airplanes. The Air Force understands this, and they have been gearing up for the project, working with Boeing far in advance to select the specific airframes to buy and test. Then, in December 2016, the newly-elected Donald Trump tweeted this: Trump's criticism of the plan to acquire new presidential aircraft threw the 747-8's future as Air Force One into doubt. Aircraft manufacturers and aerospace analysts were quick to put forth ideas for different AF1 options, including one particularly bold report that suggested the future B-21 bomber as a presidential transport. More realistic studies suggested using the Boeing 737, a reliable aircraft that is already used by the U.S. Navy and USAF. Converting a 737 for presidential use would be cheaper and easier than doing so with the hulking 747-8, considering military aircraft based on the 737-like the P-8 Poseidon and C-40 Clipper-already have many of the communication and defense systems that Air Force One will need. But using a 737 over the new 747-8 would require the Air Force to abandon two of its primary requirements for AF1: that it has four engines and room for at least 70 passengers. The Air Force is researching ways to make development of Air Force One cheaper, but General Everhart says that moving away from the 747-8 is almost certainly not going to happen. Everhart, who is responsible for shuttling the president, told Popular Mechanics the 747-8 is essentially set in stone "just by default." For one thing, Boeing is the only American plane manufacturer building large four-engine airliners. "As I look at the requirements, there are three things that we have to support the president with," Everhart says. "We have to support him as our Commander-in-Chief, also as our Chief Diplomat, and also our Chief Executive. ... I have to have a flying, alternate White House to keep the continuity of government and continuity of operations." Conducting the business of the Executive Branch while in flight requires a lot more than just safely transporting the POTUS. It means making a large number of staff members available, keeping lines open to government officials in the U.S. and elsewhere, and providing all the resources the President of the United States needs to run the country. The need to power such a plane drove the Air Force's requirement of a four-engine jet, but that's not all. There's also the question of redundancy and safety. "It just makes sense because if I lose a motor on takeoff or... say, a shot was taken, a surface-to-air missile, and took out a motor," says Everhart. "Some of the places the president goes to, the next base may be 500, 600 miles away." "Does that mean that a two-engine airplane in the future may be able to fit that bill? Sure. Right now the way the requirements are set about, it's going to require a four-engine aircraft," says Everhart. So long as those requirements stay, the 747-8 is really the only logical choice. The Air Force acquisition office and Boeing are still in a negotiation phase to select the specific airframes to buy. After the Air Force acquires the new jets, initial testing will need to be completed before modifications are made, says Everhart. Those modifications are extensive. Ultimately, Air Force One will need encrypted communications systems, aerial refueling capabilities, and defenses against both conventional and electromagnetic pulse weapons. The two-tiered, four-engine wide-body airliner will need structural modifications as well, dividing the cabins into offices and conference rooms and sleeping quarters. Even the stairs, traditionally on the left side of Air Force One, will likely need to be swapped over from the right side where Boeing currently installs them. "Where do we put the press, Secret Service, the galley, medical, his quarters?" asks Everhart. "Those are the modifications that will be done to support the president." It's going to be many years before we see a new pair of Air Force One jets take to the skies. The president who will fly aboard them may be an obscure or little-known politician at this point (or perhaps not yet a politician at all). But one thing is clear: The future Air Force One will almost certainly be a 747-8. 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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L3 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) today reported diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.07 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 (2017 first quarter), as compared to diluted EPS from continuing operations for the quarter ended March 25, 2016 (2016 first quarter) of $2.08. Net sales of $2,669 million for the 2017 first quarter increased by 13% compared to the 2016 first quarter. “We are pleased with our first quarter results, which reflect a 13% increase in net sales, primarily organic, and gains in funded orders,” said Michael T. Strianese, L3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “All of our segments are performing well and the recently realigned Electronic and Sensor Systems segments have sharpened our market focus, positioning L3 to anticipate and respond more quickly to evolving customer needs. We are confident that our disciplined approach to growth will contribute to the value we deliver to our customers and shareholders as we continue through 2017.” As previously announced on January 25, 2017, the company realigned its Electronic Systems segment effective March 1, 2017. The Electronic Systems segment was separated into two segments named: (1) Electronic Systems and (2) Sensor Systems. Accordingly, the company’s structure consists of the following four segments: Electronic Systems, Aerospace Systems, Communication Systems and Sensor Systems. The company has reported its segment results for all periods presented under the realigned business segments. The table below provides L3’s selected financial data, excluding discontinued operations. First Quarter Results of Operations: For the 2017 first quarter, consolidated net sales of $2,669 million increased $316 million, or 13%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Organic sales(1) increased by $270 million, or 11%, to $2,618 million for the 2017 first quarter. Organic sales exclude $51 million of sales increases related to business acquisitions and $5 million of sales declines related to business divestitures. For the 2017 first quarter, organic sales to the U.S. Government increased $218 million, or 13%, to $1,950 million and organic sales to international and commercial customers increased $52 million, or 8%, to $668 million. Due to the calendarization of the Company’s fiscal quarter end dates, the 2017 first quarter had 7% more business days compared to the 2016 first quarter. The extra days in the 2017 first quarter will reverse in the 2017 fourth quarter. Operating income for the 2017 first quarter increased by $1 million compared to the 2016 first quarter. Operating income as a percentage of sales (operating margin) decreased by 120 basis points to 9.5% for the 2017 first quarter, compared to 10.7% for the 2016 first quarter. The decrease in operating margin was driven primarily by lower favorable contract performance adjustments, primarily at Aerospace Systems and higher severance and restructuring costs, primarily at Communication Systems. See the reportable segment results below for additional discussion of sales and operating margin trends. The effective tax rate for the 2017 first quarter decreased to 22.2% from 22.3%, primarily due to the benefit from the release of a valuation allowance for capital losses, offset by a higher income tax rate on foreign earnings. Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $2.07 for the 2017 first quarter compared to $2.08 for the 2016 first quarter. Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the 2017 first quarter increased slightly compared to the 2016 first quarter due to changes in the dilutive impact of common share equivalents, primarily caused by a higher L3 stock price. Orders: Funded orders for the 2017 first quarter increased 1% to $2,624 million compared to $2,591 million for the 2016 first quarter. The book-to-bill ratio was 0.98x for the 2017 first quarter. Funded backlog decreased 0.5% to $8,855 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $8,896 million at December 31, 2016. Cash Flow: Net cash from operating activities was $85 million for the 2017 first quarter, a decrease of $27 million, compared to $112 million for the 2016 first quarter. The decrease in net cash from operating activities was driven primarily by higher uses of cash for working capital compared to the 2016 first quarter. Capital expenditures, net of dispositions, were $41 million for the first quarter, compared to $28 million for the 2016 first quarter. The Company paid dividends of $61 million during the 2017 first quarter compared to $58 million during the 2016 first quarter. The Company did not repurchase any of its common stock during the 2017 first quarter. Repurchases of the Company’s common stock during the 2016 first quarter totaled $198 million. The company has four reportable segments. The company evaluates the performance of its segments based on their sales, operating income and operating margin. Corporate expenses are allocated to the company’s operating segments using an allocation methodology prescribed by U.S. Government regulations for government contractors. Accordingly, segment results include all costs and expenses, except for goodwill impairment charges and certain other items that are excluded by management for purposes of evaluating the performance of the company’s business segments. Electronic Systems net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased by $144 million, or 24%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Organic sales increased by $101 million, or 17%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Organic sales exclude $48 million of sales increases related to business acquisitions and $5 million of sales declines related to business divestitures. Organic sales increased by: (1) $68 million for Precision Engagement and Training primarily due to increased deliveries of fuzing and ordnance products for U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force (USAF) weapon systems, guidance and control products for the U.S. Army Paladin weapon system and higher volume on simulation and training devices, (2) $22 million for Aviation Products primarily due to deliveries of aviation recorders and traffic and collision avoidance systems for commercial airline customers and higher volume of overhaul and repair services for cockpit displays and aviation recorders for the U.S. military and (3) $11 million for Power & Propulsion primarily due to higher volume on the U.S. Navy (USN) guided destroyer modernization program and ship board integrated and monitoring systems for a foreign navy customer. Electronic Systems operating income for the 2017 first quarter increased by $6 million, or 7%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Operating margin decreased by 200 basis points to 12.3%. Operating margin decreased by: (1) 150 basis points due to net gains and losses related to business divestitures in the first quarters of 2016 and 2017, (2) 130 basis points for lower favorable contract performance adjustments across several business areas and (3) 70 basis points due to lower margins related to acquisitions and higher severance expense of $3 million. These decreases were partially offset by 150 basis points primarily due to higher sales volume. Aerospace Systems net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased by $40 million, or 4%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Sales increased $60 million for Vertex Aerospace and $17 million for ISR Systems. These increases were partially offset by lower sales of $37 million for Aircraft Systems. Sales increased for Vertex Aerospace primarily due to higher volume for: (1) the U.S. Army C-12 contract, (2) the new USAF KC-10 contractor logistics support contract, (3) USN and USAF training aircraft and (4) aviation support for the U.S. Army rotary wing training aircraft at Fort Rucker. At ISR Systems, higher volume for special mission aircraft and large ISR aircraft systems for the U.S. Government was partially offset by lower volume for large ISR aircraft systems for foreign military customers as contracts near completion and small ISR aircraft fleet management services on a completed USAF contract. Sales decreased for Aircraft Systems primarily due to lower volume for international aircraft modifications and reduced deliveries for aircraft cabin assemblies as contracts near completion. Aerospace Systems operating income for the 2017 first quarter decreased by $37 million, or 35%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Operating margin decreased by 390 basis points to 6.6%. Operating margin decreased by: (1) 230 basis points due to lower favorable contract performance adjustments, primarily at ISR Systems, (2) 90 basis points due to a higher than planned price adjustment in the 2016 first quarter in ISR Systems that did not recur and (3) 70 basis points due to sales mix changes. Communication Systems net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased by $66 million, or 14%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. The increase was primarily driven by Broadband Communication Systems due to increased volume and deliveries of secure networked communication systems to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and deliveries of tactical communication terminals to the U.S. military. Communication Systems operating income for the 2017 first quarter decreased by $8 million, or 16%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Operating margin decreased by 280 basis points to 8.0%. Operating margin decreased by: (1) 170 basis points due to higher severance and restructuring expenses of $9 million, primarily in Space & Power Systems related to the previously announced consolidation of the Company’s traveling-wave tube businesses and (2) 110 basis points primarily due to sales mix changes at Broadband Communication Systems. Sensor Systems net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased by $66 million, or 23%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Organic sales increased by $64 million, or 23%, compared to the 2016 first quarter. Organic sales exclude $2 million of sales increases related to business acquisitions. Organic sales increased by: (1) $29 million for Integrated Sensor Systems primarily due to increased deliveries of airborne turret systems to foreign military customers and higher volume for space electronics and infrared detection products, (2) $20 million for Warrior Systems primarily driven by $13 million of lower return allowances and deliveries of specialized night vision equipment to the Australian Defence Force and (3) $15 million primarily for Advanced Programs due to increased task order volume on U.S. Government contracts. Sensor Systems operating income for the 2017 first quarter increased by $40 million compared to the 2016 first quarter. Operating margin increased to 14.3%. Operating margin increased by: (1) 440 basis points due to lower return allowances, (2) 340 basis points primarily for improved contract performance at Ocean Systems and (3) 300 basis points due to higher sales volume primarily at Integrated Sensor Systems. Based on information known as of today, the company has updated its consolidated and segment financial guidance for the year ending December 31, 2017, previously provided on January 26, 2017, as presented in the tables below. All financial guidance amounts are estimates subject to change in the future, including as a result of matters discussed under the “Forward-Looking Statements” cautionary language beginning on page 7. The company undertakes no duty to update its guidance. The revisions to our Current Guidance compared to our Prior Guidance primarily include: The current guidance for 2017 excludes: (i) any potential non-cash goodwill impairment charges for which the information is presently unknown, (ii) potential adverse results related to litigation contingencies and (iii) other items such as gains or losses related to potential business divestitures and the impact of potential acquisitions. Additional financial information regarding the 2017 first quarter results and the 2017 financial guidance is available on the company’s website at www.L3T.com. In conjunction with this release, L3 will host a conference call today, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET that will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet. Michael T. Strianese, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher E. Kubasik, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Ralph G. D’Ambrosio, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. Listeners can access the conference call live at the following website address: Please allow 15 minutes prior to the call to visit this site to download and install any necessary audio software. The archived version of the call may be accessed at the site or by dialing (800) 585-8367/ passcode: 99275451 (for domestic callers) or (404) 537-3406/passcode: 99275451 (for international callers) beginning approximately two hours after the call ends and will be available until the company’s next quarterly earnings release. Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems and pilot training. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com. L3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding L3 is routinely posted on the company’s website and is readily accessible. Certain of the matters discussed in this press release, including information regarding the company’s 2017 financial guidance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than historical facts, may be forward-looking statements, such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “projects,” “financial guidance,” ‘‘expects,’’ ‘‘anticipates,’’ ‘‘intends,’’ ‘‘plans,’’ ‘‘believes,’’ ‘‘estimates,’’ and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. The Company cautions investors that these statements are subject to risks and uncertainties many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the Company’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, the following: our dependence on the defense industry; backlog processing and program slips resulting from delayed awards and/or funding from the Department of Defense (DoD) and other major customers; the U.S. Government fiscal situation; changes in DoD budget levels and spending priorities; U.S. Government failure to raise the debt ceiling; our reliance on contracts with a limited number of customers and the possibility of termination of government contracts by unilateral government action or for failure to perform; the extensive legal and regulatory requirements surrounding many of our contracts; our ability to retain our existing business and related contracts; our ability to successfully compete for and win new business, or, identify, acquire and integrate additional businesses; our ability to maintain and improve our operating margin; the availability of government funding and changes in customer requirements for our products and services; the outcome of litigation matters (see Notes to our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q); results of audits by U.S. Government agencies and of ongoing governmental investigations; our significant amount of debt and the restrictions contained in our debt agreements and actions taken by rating agencies that could result in a downgrade of our debt; our ability to continue to recruit, retain and train our employees; actual future interest rates, volatility and other assumptions used in the determination of pension benefits and equity based compensation, as well as the market performance of benefit plan assets; our collective bargaining agreements; our ability to successfully negotiate contracts with labor unions and our ability to favorably resolve labor disputes should they arise; the business, economic and political conditions in the markets in which we operate; global economic uncertainty; the risk that our commercial aviation products and services businesses are affected by a downturn in global demand for air travel or a reduction in commercial aircraft OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) production rates; the DoD’s Better Buying Power and other efficiency initiatives; events beyond our control such as acts of terrorism; our ability to perform contracts on schedule; our international operations including currency risks and compliance with foreign laws; our extensive use of fixed-price type revenue arrangements; the rapid change of technology and high level of competition in which our businesses participate; risks relating to technology and data security; our introduction of new products into commercial markets or our investments in civil and commercial products or companies; the impact on our business of improper conduct by our employees, agents or business partners; goodwill impairments and the fair values of our assets; and ultimate resolution of contingent matters, claims and investigations relating to acquired businesses, and the impact on the final purchase price allocations. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release or as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, also see the information under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and any material updates to these factors contained in any of our future filings. As for the forward-looking statements that relate to future financial results and other projections, actual results will be different due to the inherent uncertainties of estimates, forecasts and projections and may be better or worse than projected and such differences could be material. Given these uncertainties, you should not place any reliance on these forward-looking statements.

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