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cyber warfare


04.02.2013 21h18 Romandie.com (ats)


Le président des Etats-Unis a le pouvoir légitime de lancer des cyber-attaques préventives en cas de menaces venant de l'étranger, affirme un rapport secret cité par le "New York Times" lundi. Les menaces doivent être fondées sur des preuves solides.


La Maison Blanche n'a pas confirmé les détails de ce rapport. Un responsable a toutefois indiqué que Barack Obama avait érigé des principes pour conduire des attaques de ce type en conformité avec la Constitution américaine et les lois internationales.


Les cyber-armes sont considérées comme tellement puissantes par les auteurs du document qu'elles ne peuvent qu'être activées au plus haut niveau du gouvernement, raconte le quotidien, citant des sources anonymes.


Cette décision intervient à un moment où l'administration américaine se prépare à établir pour la première fois des règles concernant l'armée et les services de renseignement dans les cas de cyber-attaques majeures.

Précédente attaque contre l'Iran


Les règles dans ce domaine, tout comme celles qui gouvernent les attaques de drones, sont largement maintenues secrètes. Mais signe de leur nouvelle importance, elles constituent un des rares postes en hausse dans le budget du ministère de la Défense.


Le programme qui leur est consacré au Pentagone (dit "Cyber Command"), qui fait travailler 900 personnes actuellement, doit voir ses effectifs grimper à 4900 militaires et civils, selon le "Washington Post".


Selon les informations officielles, Barack Obama a donné une seule fois son feu vert à une série de cyber-attaques, orientées contre l'Iran et ses centrales d'enrichissement d'uranium. Une opération répondant au nom de code "Jeux olympiques" et déjà entamée par les services secrets sous George W. Bush.

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Photo courtesy Memphis Air National Guard


MEMPHIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn., Feb. 4, 2013 – Boeing


164th Airlift Wing to operate most advanced airlift aircraft


Boeing and the U.S. Air National Guard on Feb. 2 marked the 164th Airlift Wing's transition to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, making Memphis Air National Guard Base the latest to receive the advanced airlifter.


The unit's first C-17 arrived Dec. 18. A total of eight will be delivered by the end of 2014 as replacements for C-5A Galaxy airlifters.


"Memphis Air National Guard Base enters a new phase in its rich history with the arrival of the C-17," said Boeing Vice President and C-17 Program Manager Nan Bouchard. "The C-17 brings the unit new capabilities and builds on a long-standing tradition of distinguished service. Boeing will be there every step of the way supporting these advanced airlifters."


Boeing has delivered 250 C-17s to the U.S. Air Force and customers around the world.


The C-17 is the only airlifter offering tactical and strategic airlift capabilities as well as the ability to carry equipment and troops, or humanitarian aid, over intercontinental distances. It is uniquely maneuverable, able to operate on narrow taxiways and congested ramps. With a payload of 164,900 pounds, it can take off from a 7,000-foot airfield and land in 3,000 feet or less.


Boeing supports C-17s through the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics contract, which offers global and affordable availability of parts and materials and ensures the highest of airlifter mission-capable rates.


"Our customers depend on us to make sure that when they need a C-17, there is one available and mission-capable," said Gus Urzua, Boeing vice president and GISP program manager.


The 164th Airlift Wing's distinguished history includes Hurricane Katrina humanitarian relief missions, combat operations in Iraq, and the famous Memphis Belle Boeing-built B-17, which was one of the first bombers during World War II to complete 25 combat missions with its crew intact.


A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 60,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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First two production F-35 fighters in final assembly. (Phot


Feb 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Terma A/S


    Terma has entered into a long-term contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for the manufacture of composite parts for the F-35 program.


The Danish defense group Terma has entered into a long-term contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LMA) for the manufacture of composite parts for the international F-35 Lightning II program.


The overall agreement has a value of more than USD 95 million including follow-on options. The contract covers the manufacture and assembly of the Horizontal Tail Leading Edges for all types of the F-35.The contract includes a sole source position for the life of the agreement (through 2019).


Terma has been collaborating with LMA since 1976 on the original F-16 program and since 2000 as a part of the F-35 program. Terma’s first contract for the Leading Edges was awarded during the System Design and Development phase in 2006. Their partnership has been strengthened by this agreement, which also positions Terma as a strong partner for LMA and for the F-35 program as a whole.


Jens Maaløe, President & CEO, Terma, said: “The agreement signing solidifies Terma’s position on the F-35 program and shows how collaboration can benefit Terma, Lockheed Martin, and the F-35 program as a whole. The companies will explore technologies, set a path forward to achieve manufacturing efficiencies to meet rigorous quality requirements, and work toward establishing Terma as a premier supplier of composite parts.”


Recently, Terma also entered into a long term contract with Northrop Grumman Corporation for the manufacture of component parts also for the F-35 Lightning II program. The agreement, which has a value of more than USD 97 million upon completion of all follow-on options, was signed in September 2012 and further emphasizes the company's commitment to supporting the burgeoning relationship with Terma and Danish industry. The contract covers production of composite components, including door, panel, skin assembly, and straps through 2019 for all three aircraft variants.


“By entering these agreements, we have established the necessary solid and reliable base for our future investment in technology, production facilities, and human resources”, said Jens Maaløe.


Terma’s involvement in the F-35 Lightning II program since Denmark entered the program in 2002 comprises eight different production programs within advanced composite structural parts and electronics. To date, Terma’s aggregate order intake relative to the F-35 Lightning II program amounts to approx. USD 380 million.

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Feb 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : General Dynamics Corporation


The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $41.6 million contract modification to perform routine maintenance and modernization work on the USS Hartford (SSN-768), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform a dry-docking selected restricted availability, which consists of maintenance work, upgrades and modernization activities required to ensure the submarine is operating at full technical capacity. The work will take place at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton and involve up to 417 employees at its peak. It is scheduled for completion in July 2013.


The contract was initially awarded in April 2012 and has a potential value of $58.7 million if all options are exercised.

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CF-18 Hornet Crédit photo OTAN Forces Canadiennes


February 3, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


The Canadian Press has this article:


Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilots of the future could be spending almost as much time in a simulator as they do in the cockpit under a revised training regime that has its eyes on the bottom line as much as technology, say internal documents.


The idea was just one of a series of options being examined as military planners look towards the eventual replacement of the CF-18 fleet, possibly by the end of the decade.


Air force officials consulted widely throughout last year with the defence industry about what type of training aircraft might be needed, and what sort of “ground-based systems” were available, say several briefing notes prepared for senior military commanders and top civilian defence officials.


The current training regime is tailored to the CF-18s and will have to be revamped, regardless of whether the Harper government chooses to go ahead with the controversial purchase of F-35 stealth fighters.


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Feb. 3, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)


JERUSALEM — Israeli armed forces chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Sunday started a five-day visit to Washington, the army said, with the Syrian conflict and Iran’s controversial nuclear program on his agenda.


“During the course of the visit, the chief of the general staff and his (U.S.) counterpart, Gen. (Martin) Dempsey, will conduct a series of work meetings together, as well as meetings with other American officials,” the military said.


“They will also discuss current security challenges, the regional security status in the Middle East and military cooperation,” it added in a statement.


Gantz’s visit comes as Defence Minister Ehud Barak, in Munich, implicitly confirmed the Jewish state carried out an air strike on military installations in Syria on Wednesday.


Washington has said Israeli warplanes targeted missiles and a military complex near the Syrian capital to prevent arms transfers to Lebanon’s powerful Shiite group Hezbollah.


Israel has also consistently refused to rule out a resort to military action to prevent Iran developing the capability to build a nuclear weapon, although Tehran denies any such ambition.

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Munich sur la sécurité 2013, s,est déroulée du 1er au

3 février (Photo: MSC)


03/02/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout - 45enord.ca


Le ministre de la Défense, Peter MacKay, a conclu aujourd’hui sa participation à la 49e édition de la Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité, qui s’est déroulée du 1er au 3 février 2013, en Allemagne, où, discutant de la responsabilité de protéger, il a déclaré qu’une intervention militaire doit être la mesure de dernier recours et qu’il importe avant tout de prévenir les conflits.


La Conférence de Munich sur les politiques de défense est un forum annuel consacré aux questions de sécurité internationale qui permet à des ministres, députés, hauts responsables militaires, scientifiques et représentants des médias d’avoir des échanges et de débattre de leurs points de vue sur les questions de politique étrangère et de politique de défense.


«Faire entendre la voix du Canada et communiquer ses points de vue sur les enjeux en matière de sécurité internationale, dans le cadre d’une conférence sur la sécurité aussi importante, est essentiel à l’atteinte de nos objectifs en matière de politique étrangère et de sécurité», a déclaré le ministre MacKay.


En marge de la conférence, le ministre MacKay a participé à une série de réunions bilatérales avec ses principaux homologues de partout dans le monde, dont une rencontre avec la délégation américaine de sénateurs et membres du Congrès, dirigée par le sénateur John McCain, pour discuter des défis actuels en matière de sécurité et de défense internationales en vue de faire avancer les intérêts canadiens. Il a, en outre, pris part à la séance plénière sur la responsabilité de protéger, intitulée: «Does Responsibility to Protect Have a Future?».


Le ministre MacKay a déclaré sur ce sujet, à l’ocasion de la Conférence de Munich, «qu’il n’y a pas une approche unique à quelque chose d’aussi complexe et, en toute honnêteté, d’extrêmement compliqué sur le plan politique et sur le plan opérationnel.», ajoutant «[...] lorsque nous décidons enfin d’agir, nous devons nous assurer que nous ne causerons aucun tort – comme les médecins qui prêtent le serment d’Hippocrate.»


Pour le ministre MacKay, une intervention militaire doit être la mesure de dernier recours.


Même s’il a admis que la souveraineté des États n’est pas inviolable, le ministre a souligné que «[...]nous devons, en tant que communauté internationale, en faire plus en matière de prévention en ayant recours à ce que nous appelons une approche exhaustive – diplomatie, développement, engagement économique…»


Un grand nombre d’experts, de dirigeants et de responsables politiques des autres nations, étaient présents à la Conférence, parmi lesquels il faut noter: M. Wolfgang Ischinger, ambassadeur et président de la Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité; M. Thomas de Maizière, ministre fédéral de la Défense de l’Allemagne; M. John McCain, sénateur et membre de haut rang du comité du Sénat sur les forces armées et membre du comité du Sénat sur la sécurité intérieure et les affaires gouvernementales des États-Unis; M. Philip Hammond, secrétaire d’État à la Défense du Royaume-Uni.


Étaient aussi à Munich, Lakhdar Brahimi, émissaire des Nations-Unies et de la Ligue arabe pour la Syrie, Seguï Lavrov, ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, Cheikh Moaz al-Khatib, président de la Coalition nationale des Forces révolutionnaires et de l’opposition syriennes, et le vice-président des États-Unis, Joe Biden, pour qui c’était sa première visite en Europe depuis la réélection du président Obama, en novembre dernier.


La situation au Mali et la situation en Syrie étaient présentes à l’esprit de tous les participants et des rencontres en marge de la Conférence ont permis, dans le cas de la Syrie, une ouverture de Moscou au dialogue avec l’opposition syrienne.


Outre la situation en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient, de nombreux autres sujets sujets ont été abordés dans le cadre de la Conférence, notamment la crise financière mondiale et ses répercussions sur la sécurité internationale, la sécurité euro-atlantique et l’avenir de l’OTAN et la cybersécurité.


À lire aussi: La situation au Mali et en Syrie au centre de la Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité >>

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L'USS Guardian battu par les vagues sur le récif de

Tubbataha. crédits : US NAVY


04/02/2013 Mer et Marine


La marine américaine a confirmé le 1er février que le chasseur de mines USS Guardian, échoué depuis le 17 janvier sur le récif de Tubbataha, aux Philippines, serait démantelé sur place. « Les experts en sauvetage et architecture navale ont estimé que les tentatives pour extraire le Guardian, par exemple en le remorquant ou en le soulevant, causeraient plus de dégâts au récif ainsi qu’à la coque du bâtiment, et aboutirait très probablement à ce qu’il se disloque et coule », explique l’US Navy. Pour faire sortir l’USS Guardian de ce mauvais pas, il avait été imaginé de le soulever au moyen de deux grues flottantes. Mais cette option a été abandonnée en raison de l’état de la coque, percée à plusieurs endroits et fragilisée par les assauts de la mer et les frottements sur la roche. A force d’être frappé par les vagues, le côté bâbord du chasseur de mines a même vu son revêtement en matériaux composites arraché, laissant apparaitre la coque en bois. Les images aériennes montrent par ailleurs les dommages provoqués par les mouvements de l’épave sur le récif corallien. 


« Le Guardian est gravement endommagé et avec les contraintes d’intégrité de la coque, le poids du bâtiment et sa position sur le récif, un démantèlement en sections est la seule option possible. Nous disposons d’une équipe de professionnels expérimentés pour mener à bien cette opération complexe et s’assurer qu’elle sera conduite sans risque, en minimisant les dégâts sur l’environnement marin alentour », souligne le capitaine Darryn James, porte-parole de la 7ème flotte américaine, à laquelle appartient le bâtiment.


Les travaux prendront plus d’un mois


Celui-ci a été vidé de son carburant fin janvier et les eaux usées ont aussi été extraites. Des équipes ont également été envoyées à bord afin de commencer à évacuer le matériel en prévision du démantèlement. Des moyens de sauvetage importants demeurent à proximité de l’épave, dont le destroyer USS Mustin, le navire hydrographique USNS Bowditch, le bâtiment de renflouement USNS Salvor, le remorqueur philippin  Trabajador et le remorqueur malaisien Vos Apollo. L’US Navy, qui attend l’arrivée sur zone d’une première grue flottante en provenance de Singapour, estime que la déconstruction de l’USS Guardian pourrait prendre plus d’un mois. Le plan de sauvetage a été transmis aux garde-côtes philippins. Il comprend le maintien de l’emploi des grues flottantes, initialement affrétées pour soulever la coque à une période où la marine pensait que le bâtiment pourrait être sauvé. Elles serviront en fait à récupérer les tronçons de coque découpés afin de les évacuer progressivement.


Cette affaire demeure très sensible pour les Etats-Unis car l’USS Guardian s’est échoué dans une zone naturelle protégée et classée à l’inventaire de l’UNESCO, qui précise que les écosystèmes du récif abritent plus de 350 espèces de coraux et près de 500 espèces de poissons. Alors que le chasseur de mines transitait dans une zone interdite, la marine américaine évoque une possible défaillance des systèmes de navigation pour expliquer sa présence dans le secteur.


Mis en service en 1989, l’USS Guardian est l’un des 14 chasseurs de mines du type Avenger. Long de 68 mètres et présentant un déplacement de 1145 lège (1333 tonnes à pleine charge), ce bâtiment était basé à Sasebo, au Japon.

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USS New York alongside USS San Antonio


February 4th, 2013 By US Navy - defencetalk.com


Results from a test simulating a chemical attack aboard USS New York (LPD 21) off the coast of Virginia verify the effectiveness of chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defense systems in protecting Sailors aboard San Antonio-class ships, the Navy announced Jan. 31.


According to the Defense Department Operational Test and Evaluation Force report, the San Antonio amphibious assault ship class can operate in a chemical warfare environment protected by various CBR defense systems, including the Improved Point Detection System – Lifecycle Replacement (IPDS-LR) technology.


“The report provides high level verification of the effectiveness of our collective protection system, IPDS-LR, countermeasure washdown, decontamination stations and casualty decontamination stations,” said Michael Pompeii, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren CBR Defense Division chief engineer.


His team of NSWC Dahlgren CBR defense engineers assisted the Navy Operational Test and Evaluation Force throughout the March 2012 event to fulfill operational test and evaluation requirements for the San Antonio class.


“Every new class of ships that the Navy builds undergoes rigorous testing to validate that the operational requirements are met,” said Jay Stefany, executive director of the Program Executive Office for Ships Amphibious and Auxiliary Sealift programs, the organization that directed and funded the testing. “The CBR defense test on USS New York was the final major operational test event for the LPD 17 class, and we are very pleased with the performance of the CBR defense systems.”


A helicopter flew over the amphibious assault vessel at 300 feet while spraying a simulated, personnel-safe, chemical weapon to simulate an attack. USS New York and its CBR defense systems responded effectively to the simulated chemical warfare environment. In addition, the crew launched two landing craft, air-cushioned vehicles, demonstrating their ability to conduct amphibious operations in a contaminated environment.


“The IPDS-LR detected a vapor cloud of chemical agent simulant prior to its contact with the ship,” wrote J. Michael Gilmore, DoD director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) in the report.


The Navy plans to install the new system – designed to quickly alert warfighters to the presence of chemical warfare agents – on all active guided-missile destroyers and cruisers, aircraft carriers, large and small deck amphibious ships, littoral combat ships and dry cargo/ammunition ships by the end of 2018.


“Additionally, the chemical [collective] protective system prevented entry of simulant vapors into protected zones of the ship,” Gilmore stated in his report.


Designed to protect personnel and equipment inside ships from CBR attacks, the chemical protective system (CPS) works by using special filters to remove contaminants from intake ventilation air and provides a slight overpressure inside the CPS zone to prevent entry of contaminants through any leak paths. In a typical CPS zone aboard a ship, contaminated outside air is drawn in, cleaned by special filters and distributed throughout the zone.


New York’s countermeasure wash down system also efficiently washed the ship’s exterior from contaminants in the fictitious CBR event, and the ship’s decontamination and casualty decontamination stations – designed to efficiently remove any contamination from personnel entering the ship – also worked effectively.


“The test sets a new precedent of using our helicopter-mounted chemical simulant sprayer and referee equipment for future ship CBR defense tests,” said Pompeii.


Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.


The San Antonio-class ships include those based in Norfolk: USS New York, USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Anchorage (LPD 23) are based in San Diego.


Three San Antonio-class ships are currently under construction: Somerset (LPD 25), John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and the yet-unnamed LPD 27. LPD 24 (Arlington) delivered to the Navy in December 2012 and is scheduled to arrive in its homeport of Norfolk, Va., in spring 2013.


“The Navy’s CBR Defense division exists to provide our warfighter with the tools and capabilities necessary to detect, protect, and if necessary, decontaminate threats resulting from a CBR attack,” said NSWCDD CBR Defense Division Head Mike Purello. “Our direct and active connection with the fleet helps the warfighter and provides a wealth of valuable information for our scientists and engineers in the lab. This knowledge is immediately put to use as they work to create, develop and provide updates and future solutions for our men and women in uniform.”

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GLOBAL HAWK block30 – source defpro.com


February 4th, 2013 By USGovernment - defencetalk.com


Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, P.L. 112-95, Congress has tasked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), sometimes referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, into the national airspace system by September 2015. Although the text of this act places safety as a predominant concern, it fails to establish how the FAA should resolve significant, and up to this point, largely unanswered legal questions.


For instance, several legal interests are implicated by drone flight over or near private property. Might such a flight constitute a trespass? A nuisance? If conducted by the government, a constitutional taking? In the past, the Latin maxim cujus est solum ejus est usque ad coelom (for whoever owns the soil owns to the heavens) was sufficient to resolve many of these types of questions, but the proliferation of air flight in the 20th century has made this proposition untenable.


Instead, modern jurisprudence concerning air travel is significantly more nuanced, and often more confusing. Some courts have relied on the federal definition of “navigable airspace” to determine which flights could constitute a trespass. Others employ a nuisance theory to ask whether an overhead flight causes a substantial impairment of the use and enjoyment of one’s property. Additionally, courts have struggled to determine when an overhead flight constitutes a government taking under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.


With the ability to house surveillance sensors such as high-powered cameras and thermal-imaging devices, some argue that drone surveillance poses a significant threat to the privacy of American citizens. Because the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures applies only to acts by government officials, surveillance by private actors such as the paparazzi, a commercial enterprise, or one’s neighbor is instead regulated, if at all, by state and federal statutes and judicial decisions. Yet, however strong this interest in privacy may be, there are instances where the public’s First Amendment rights to gather and receive news might outweigh an individual’s interest in being let alone.


Additionally, there are a host of related legal issues that may arise with this introduction of drones in U.S. skies. These include whether a property owner may protect his property from a trespassing drone; how stalking, harassment, and other criminal laws should be applied to acts committed with the use of drones; and to what extent federal aviation law could preempt future state law.


Because drone use will occur largely in federal airspace, Congress has the authority or can permit various federal agencies to set federal policy on drone use in American skies. This may include the appropriate level of individual privacy protection, the balancing of property interests with the economic needs of private entities, and the appropriate safety standards required.


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February 4th, 2013 By Northrop Grumman - defencetalk.com


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has delivered the first of eight Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) missile defense systems to the U.S. Army two months ahead of schedule.


Northrop Grumman successfully completed acceptance testing with the Army on the first CIRCM suite of equipment and delivered a complete hardware set. This testing, which confirmed system performance, size, weight and power compliance, was completed two months ahead of schedule and validates the Northrop Grumman offering as capable and mature.


The system was delivered under a $31.4 million Technology Demonstration contract to develop the next generation of aircraft survivability equipment to defend helicopters against man-portable air-defense systems and other heat-seeking munitions. The system is now scheduled to enter reliability testing.


“With the growing proliferation of infrared threats, it is more important than ever that our troops have effective protection from these missiles,” said Jeffrey Palombo, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self-Protection Systems division. “This early delivery confirms the maturity of our CIRCM solution and is an important step toward getting this technology into the field. We will make certain that our CIRCM system performs beyond the Army’s expectations and remains ready to address evolving threat contingencies at a moment’s notice.”


CIRCM is a lightweight, low-cost, highly reliable, laser-based countermeasure system designed to work with missile warning systems for rotary wing, tilt-rotor and small fixed-wing aircraft across the military services. Northrop Grumman is developing its solution with its partners SELEX Galileo and Daylight Solutions.


Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in directional infrared countermeasures system design and manufacture. The company’s infrared countermeasures systems have been installed on more than 800 aircraft representing 50 different aircraft types, including large and small fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tilt-wing platforms.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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3 février 2013 à 15:07 Guysen International News


Le porte-parole de Tsahal a annoncé que le général Benny Ganz s'était envolé ce dimanche pour les Etats-Unis pour une visite de travail de cinq jours au cours desquels il s'entretiendra notamment avec son homologue américain, le général Martin Dempsey et avec plusieurs hauts responsables politiques.

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Predator over Afghanistan photo USAF


Feb 2, 2013ASDNews (AFP)


The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.


The assassination of Al-Qaeda figures in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with unmanned, robotic aircraft has provoked widespread criticism from human rights groups and some US allies, but Panetta said the US campaign has been effective.


Asked if the CIA "targeted killings" should be curtailed in coming years, Panetta told AFP in an interview Friday that there was still a need to continue the drone strikes more than a decade since the attacks of September 11, 2001.


"I think it depends on the nature of the threat that we're confronting. We are in a war. We're in a war on terrorism and we've been in that war since 9/11.


"The whole purpose of our operations were aimed at those who attacked this country and killed 3,000 innocent people in New York as well as 200 people here at the Pentagon," said Panetta, who is days away from retiring as Pentagon chief.


Before taking over as defense secretary, Panetta oversaw a dramatic increase in drone raids in Pakistan as head of the CIA from 2009-2011.


"I think we had a responsibility to use whatever technology we could to be able to go after those who not only conducted that attack but were planning to continue to attack this country," he said.


"It's been an important part of our operations against Al-Qaeda, not just in Pakistan, but also in Yemen, in Somalia and I think it ought to continue to be a tool we ought to use where necessary," he said.


"And also where we can use it in conjunction with other countries that are pursuing the same goal," said Panetta, citing Yemen's strong support for drone strikes.


The CIA drone bombing raids, by Predator and Reaper aircraft armed with Hellfire missiles, have caused an unknown number of civilian casualties and prompted accusations that Washington is carrying out extrajudicial killings in the shadows with no genuine oversight by courts or lawmakers.


Panetta, who as CIA director presided over the successful raid that killed Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, said the campaign still needed to be regularly reviewed but did not say he favored turning over the spy agency's drone war to the military.


Some critics have called for giving the US military authority over the drone air strikes, which would require openly reporting every operation.


"Having said that, we always need to continue to look at it, to make sure we develop the right standards, that we're abiding by the laws of this country, that we're doing it in a way that hopefully can be a little more transparent with the American people."


But he said "to protect this country" it was not enough to have operations carried out openly by the military.


Secret action led by the CIA was also needed "when you got those kind of operations where, because of the nature of the country you're in or the nature of the situation you're dealing with, it's got to be covert."


According to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between 2,627 and 3,457 people have been reportedly killed by US drones in Pakistan since 2004, including between 475 and nearly 900 civilians.


The covert strikes are publicly criticised by the Pakistani government as a violation of sovereignty but American officials believe they are a vital weapon in the war against Islamist militants.


Few of the victims are publicly identified.

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February 2, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


Take Your Pick Between Muskox, Grenadier, Polar Bear, Scorpion Or Wolverine


Nexter and Esprit de Corps military magazine are running a contest to select a Canadian name for Nexter’s Close Combat Vehicle contender, the VBCI. Here are the details from Nexter and the magazine:


Nexter and Esprit de Corps wish to thank all those who submitted more than 40 possible names for the VBCI. The suggested names were provided to a jury consisting of LGen (ret’d) Andrew Leslie, MGen (ret’d) Clive Addy and Queen’s University Professor Doug Bland. The jury selected the top five names which are listed below. Please vote for your favourite choice (one vote per person) by sending us an email at vbci @espritdecorps.ca or visiting the Nexter website at  www.Nexter.ca and going to “Contact Information” where you will find a web submission form. The deadline for voting is Friday, February 15 at 5 pm. The winning name will be announced in late February and the person who submitted the winning name will have a $5,000  donation made on their behalf to the Military Families Fund by Nexter.  Let the voting begin….


GRENADIER- A grenadier (from French, derived from the word grenade) was originally a specialized soldier, first established as a distinct role in the mid-to-late 17th century, for the throwing of grenades and sometimes assault operations. Grenadiers were chosen from the strongest and largest soldiers. By the 18th century, throwing grenades as a specialized task was no longer relevant, but the term “grenadier” continues to be used today in many militaries.


MUSKOX- The sheer size and brute strength makes the Muskox the majestic overlord of northern mammals. Muskoxen also have a distinctive defensive behavior when the herd is threatened, the bulls and cows will face outward to form a stationary ring or semicircle around the calves. The bulls are usually the front line for defense against predators but the cows also have long curved horns and thick coats for defensive protection.


POLAR BEAR- The polar bear is native to the land mass within the Arctic Circle. It is the world’s largest land carnivore, and also, the largest bear. A ferocious hunter, the polar bear is without a doubt the king of the tundra. For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key symbo in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples and it remains so to this day.


SCORPION- Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals that have eight legs (co-incidentally the VBCI is an eight wheeled vehicle). Scorpions are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Able to exist in the harshest climates on earth, the Northern Scorpion is indigenous to Alberta and has a fearsome reputation as a hunter of prey much larger than itself.


WOLVERINE- A sleek, fast and tenacious predator, it is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids of the weasel family. The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself. The wolverine can be found primarily in remote reaches of the subarctic with the greatest numbers in northern Canada,

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Des techniciens sonar à bord de l’USS The Sullivans

(Photo: U.S. Navy photo)


02/02/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout - 45enord.ca


Le ministre de la Défense nationale, Peter McCay, a annoncé le vendredi 1er février l’attribution d’un de 6,6 millions$ Ultra Electronics Marine Systems pour l’entretien des systèmes sonar de la flotte de sous-marins canadiens.


Ultra Electronics Marine Systems, de Dartmouth, en Nouvelle-Écosse, qui emploie 147 personnes, est une division de de la société Ultra Electronics Group, basée à Middlesex au Royaume-Unie, qui oeuvre dans les secteurs de la du transport, de l’énergie, de la défense et de la sécurité, notamment ofrant une gamme complète de systèmes de sonar maritimes et aériens.


« Notre gouvernement continue d’ajouter à son solide bilan de réalisations visant à s’assurer que les hommes et femmes qui servent notre pays disposent de l’équipement dont ils ont besoin pour s’acquitter de leurs tâches, a déclaré à cete occasion le ministre MacKay. Nous continuons d’investir dans les technologies qui sont utiles aux Forces armées canadiennes, et nous continuons de veiller à ce que les industries canadiennes tirent profit de ces investissements majeurs. »


Ce contrat porte sur les travaux d’entretien des systèmes sonar à antenne remorquée intégrés à la flotte canadienne des quatre sous-marins de classe Victoria. Les travaux exécutés dans le cadre de ce contrat de trois ans, dit le communiqué qui accompagne cette annonce, permettront de s’assurer que ces sous-marins continuent de faire partie intégrante de la capacité canadienne en matière de défense et de sécurité.


Les sous-marins canadiens ont pour mission d’assurer la surveillance, le soutien de l’application de la loi maritime, le maintien des habiletés de la flotte, ainsi que les opérations nationales et internationales.


On se rappelle, bien sûr, la participation à l’exercice naval RIMOPAC 2012 où le sosu-marin canadien Victoria avait lancé une torpille qui a atteint son but et couler un navire (désaffecté) américain.


La flotte canadienne sera d’ailleurs pleinement opérationnelle en 2013, souligne le ministère de la Défense, lorsque la période de grande remise en état du NCSM Chicoutimi sera complétée. Ainsi, trois des quatre sous-marins canadiens seront disponibles pour des opérations. En tout temps et selon le principe de la rotation, il y aura un sous-marin en période de grand carénage.



RIMPAC 2012: visite du NCSM Victoria (source; Nicolas Laffont, 45enord.ca)


À lire aussi:

Des investissements dans une technologie sonar pour la Marine canadienne >>

Dans l’Arctique, sans sous-marins le Canada serait aveugle >>

Le Victoria prend part à un exercice international de guerre navale >>

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02 Fevrier 2013 Par Brahim TAKHEROUBT - lexpressiondz.com


L'argument d'In Amenas devant le Congrès


Il a affirmé que «les USA continueraient de mettre l'accent sur les défis au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord où nous avons des intérêts nationaux clairs».


Le futur secrétaire américain à la Défense, Chuck Hagel, a avancé l'argument d'In Amenas pour mettre en relief le danger terroriste en Afrique du Nord et exposé son plan de lutte contre ce fléau transnational. Plaidant sa cause, jeudi dernier, devant le Congrès, il a souligné que la lutte contre le terrorisme en Afrique du Nord serait parmi ses priorités, en évoquant notamment l'attaque terroriste du site gazier d'In Amenas.


Cet ancien sénateur du Nebraska, candidat au poste de secrétaire d'Etat à la Défense, a avancé que les Etats-Unis «n'hésiteraient pas à agir unilatéralement si nécessaire» pour contrer toute menace. Aussi, estime-t-il que le retour des troupes militaires américaines d'Irak et d'Afghanistan ne signifiait pas que les menaces auxquelles le monde fait face «sont devenues moins dangereuses ou moins complexes».


En fait, a-t-il ajouté, «c'est tout à fait le contraire», soutenant que l'attaque terroriste au complexe gazier d'In Amenas et les événements au Mali «rappellent cette réalité». Présentant ses priorités, M.Hagel a indiqué qu'en tant que secrétaire à la Défense, il veillera notamment à ce que «les Etats-Unis restent vigilants et maintiennent la pression sur les organisations terroristes qui tentent d'étendre leurs branches dans le monde entier, dans des endroits comme le Yémen, la Somalie et l'Afrique du Nord». Au Pentagone, a-t-il expliqué, cela signifie qu'il s'agira de continuer à investir dans l'élaboration des moyens de lutte antiterroriste «tels les forces d'opérations spéciales, le renseignement, la surveillance et les nouvelles technologies de reconnaissance».


Il y a quelques jours, le quotidien américain le New York Times, a rapporté que des drones Predator non armés seront chargés d'effectuer des missions de surveillance dans la région «afin de combler le manque d'informations plus détaillées sur un certain nombre de menaces régionales dont celles relatives aux groupes terroristes activant dans le nord du Mali et au flux de combattants et d'armes en provenance de Libye».


Citant des responsables militaires américains, le quotidien new-yorkais précise qu'il s'agirait d'une base de drones de surveillance non armés tout en n'excluant pas le recours à des tirs de missiles «en cas d'aggravation de la menace». L'Africom envisagerait l'établissement d'une base de drones au nord-ouest de l'Afrique afin d'accroître les missions de surveillance des groupes extrémistes de la région, a ajouté le même journal.


M.Hagel, qui a été désigné récemment par le président Barack Obama à la tête du département de la Défense, intervenait devant la commission des Forces armées du Sénat pour son audition, une étape préalable avant sa probable confirmation à ce poste ministériel. Dans sa déclaration introductive devant le Sénat, abordant les questions de sécurité mondiale, l'ancien sénateur du Nebraska, a affirmé qu'il «travaille en étroite collaboration avec leurs alliés et partenaires» pour accroître la sécurité. A ce propos, il a assuré qu'en cas de sa confirmation par le Sénat à la tête du Pentagone, il poursuivrait les efforts déjà engagés par le gouvernement d'Obama «pour renforcer les alliances et les partenariats scellés à travers le monde».


Par ailleurs, il a affirmé que les Etats-Unis continueraient «de mettre l'accent sur les défis au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord, où nous avons des intérêts nationaux clairs». Le plan d'action n'est pas le seul écueil que doit franchir Chuck Hagel. Ce dernier fait face à une rude offensive du puissant lobby pro-israélien aux Etats-Unis (Aipac) pour tenter de saborder sa confirmation à la tête du Pentagone.


Ses détracteurs lui reprochent d'avoir déclaré, il y a quelques années, que le lobby juif américain avait tendance à «intimider» les membres du Congrès et l'accusent d'être un adversaire des intérêts d'Israël et un antisémite. Mais selon plusieurs analystes, la confirmation par le Sénat de Chuck Hagel au poste de secrétaire à la Défense est fort probable. D'autant plus qu'il bénéficie du soutien de nombreux républicains et d'un réseau de partisans dont d'anciens secrétaires d'Etat, sénateurs et ambassadeurs.

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cyber warfare


February 1st, 2013 by Matt Cox - defensetech.org


General Dynamics C4 Systems has a new encryptor device to help military or government personnel protect their data from cyber attack.


The new TACLANE-1G (KG-175G) encryptor is now certified by the National Security Agency to secure classified information at the Top Secret level and below. The high-speed encryptor secures large data and image files 40 times faster than information moving through a commercial 4G network and weighs just eight pounds, GDC4S announced in a recent press release.


The TACLANE-1G is rugged enough to be used in vehicles, remote command posts, data centers or wherever government and military personnel travel or work, GD officials maintain.


“Supporting NSA’s cyber defense strategy, the TACLANE-1G helps keep classified networks operating securely and at top speed,” said Mike Guzelian, vice president of Secure Voice and Data Products for General Dynamics C4 Systems, in the release. “Lightweight and power efficient, the TACLANE-1G also delivers unprecedented network security and efficiency when it comes to moving large classified files in vehicles or office environments.”


With advanced encryption technology, the TACLANE-1G is capable of alerting network personnel when potentially threatening software code, deep within a message “packet,” is detected.  It also has enhanced routing capabilities to ensure that classified information reaches its destination, even if part of the network is inoperable or unavailable.


The TACLANE-1G can also be controlled and remotely managed by the GEM X™ encryptor manager for greater cyber defense and agility when network operations or conditions change. It is available to U.S. government agencies, the Department of Defense and qualified allied nations.

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HMCS Victoria SSK-876 photo4 DND


1 février 2013 forces.gc.ca - NR 13.040


OTTAWA (Ontario) - L’honorable Peter MacKay, ministre de la Défense nationale, a annoncé aujourd’hui l’attribution d’un important contrat à l’entreprise Ultra Electronics Marine Systems Inc., de Dartmouth, en Nouvelle-Écosse.


« Notre gouvernement continue d’ajouter à son solide bilan de réalisations visant à s’assurer que les hommes et femmes qui servent notre pays disposent de l’équipement dont ils ont besoin pour s’acquitter de leurs tâches, a déclaré le ministre MacKay. Nous continuons d’investir dans les technologies qui sont utiles aux Forces armées canadiennes, et nous continuons de veiller à ce que les industries canadiennes tirent profit de ces investissements majeurs. »


Le contrat de 6,9 millions de dollars porte sur les travaux d’entretien des systèmes sonar à antenne remorquée intégrés à la flotte canadienne de quatre sous-marins de classe Victoria. Les travaux exécutés dans le cadre de ce contrat de trois ans permettront de s’assurer que ces sous-marins continuent de faire partie intégrante de la capacité canadienne en matière de défense et de sécurité.


Le contrat contribue également à maintenir les emplois techniques chez Ultra Electronics Marine Systems Inc., qui emploie 147 personnes, ce qui profite à l’économie de la Nouvelle-Écosse.


Les sous-marins de classe Victoria contribuent de manière importante à la sécurité et la souveraineté du Canada en assumant de nombreux rôles. Ils permettent notamment d’assurer la surveillance, le soutien de l’application de la loi maritime, le maintien des habiletés de la flotte, ainsi que les opérations nationales et internationales.


La flotte canadienne sera pleinement opérationnelle en 2013 lorsque la période de grande remise en état du NCSM Chicoutimi sera complétée. Ainsi, trois des quatre sous-marins canadiens seront disponibles pour des opérations. En tout temps et selon le principe de la rotation, il y aura un sous-marin en période de grand carénage.


Le gouvernement du Canada a la volonté de s’assurer que les Forces armées canadiennes disposent de l’équipement dont elles ont besoin en tant que forces modernes, efficaces et prêtes à relever les futurs défis en matière de sécurité.

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February 1, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


USAF Public Affairs Airman 1st Class Charles V. Rivezzo has written this article:


Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron are gearing up for the largest B-1 Lancer modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade.


Because of the magnitude of this upgrade, additional work is being done to make sure members of the 337th TES are ready to test and develop tactics needed to take full advantage of the new equipment and software.


Sustainment-Block 16, or SB-16, includes significant upgrades to the B-1, including the Fully Integrated Data Link and Central Integrated Test System in the aft station and the Vertical Situation Display Upgrade in the front station. Included under the umbrella of SB-16, the B-1 will also receive navigation, radar and diagnostic upgrades.


The VSDU upgrades the B-1′s forward cockpit by replacing two unsupportable, monochrome pilot and co-pilot displays with four multifunctional color displays, giving the pilots more situational awareness data in a user-friendly format.


The B-1 FIDL will give the aft cockpit new digital avionics including a Link 16 data link that adds line-of-sight capability to the B-1′s existing beyond line-of-sight Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol data link and integrates the JREAP, data onto new, full-color displays with intuitive symbols and moving maps.


The CITS upgrade adds a new color display in the aft cockpit and replaces an obsolete computer that continuously monitors the aircraft’s performance. It is used by flight and ground support personnel to identify and troubleshoot B-1 system anomalies.


These three modifications fall under the Integrated Battle Station initiative, which is slated to be installed concurrently through 2019.


“The IBS upgrades will provide B-1 aircrews with a higher level of situational awareness and a faster, secure digital communication link,” said Maj. Michael Jungquist, from the 337th TES. “This will enable the aircrews to perform at an even more effective level and will make the B-1 cockpit more reliable and supportable.”


Developmental testing of SB-16 is scheduled to begin in April at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., while the 337th TES is on track to receive its first fully modified B-1 later this year to begin operational testing.


To test the new datalink capabilities, the 337th TES members are constructing a Link-16 network for use in local airspace. The squadron has spent nearly $1.5 million to create a control room capable of sending and receiving Link-16 and JREAP messages in addition to ultra-high frequency voice communications.


“The groundwork we lay here will enable the 7th Bomb Wing to conduct more effective training, in addition to our ability to test new capabilities in the future,” Jungquist said.


Furthermore, 337th TES members have begun writing test plans, creating training plans and even recruited several members of the FIDL and VSDU developmental test teams for expertise and training.


In addition to aircrew training, the maintenance element of the 337th TES has begun preparing for the arrival of the initial IBS configured aircraft. The 337th TES maintainers and maintainers from the 7th Maintenance Group will undergo significant classroom and on-aircraft training at Edwards AFB and Tinker AFB, Okla., prior to the aircraft’s arrival.


“The enhancements are so dramatic that, for all intents and purposes, B-1 aviators will need to treat an IBS modified B-1 like a new aircraft,” said Jungquist, who flew during both FIDL and VSDU testing.


“The IBS/SB-16 upgrade to the B-1 enhances the ability of this amazing aircraft to integrate and operate with the most advanced air, sea, land and cyber platforms of our military forces,” said Lt. Col. George Holland, the 337th TES commander. “Whether providing air support over ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan or shifting focus to support maritime operations in the Pacific, the IBS upgrade to the B-1 provides more capability to the quiver of our combatant commanders. The 337th TES looks forward to leading the B-1 community through the IBS upgrade.”

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February 1, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


The government announced a contract award to Ultra Electronics Marine Systems Inc., of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for work on the RCN’s submarines.


The $6.9 million contract covers maintenance work on the towed-array sonars on Canada’s fleet of four Victoria-class submarines, according to the news release from DND. The work carried out under this three-year contract.


Canada’s submarine fleet will reach steady state in 2013, with the completion of the ongoing Extended Docking Work Period for HMCS Chicoutimi, according to the release. Steady state means Canada will have three of the four submarines available for operations. One submarine will be taking its turn in the rotation for extended maintenance at all times.

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USS New York alongside USS San Antonio in the

Atlantic Ocean. Photo US Navy


1 February 2013 naval-technology.com


The US Navy's fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, USS New York (LPD 21), has successfully completed a chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defence system test off the coast of Virginia, US.


The San Antonio-class amphibious assault ships feature various CBR defence capabilities such as improved point detection system lifecycle replacement (IPDS-LR) technology to support missions in a chemical warfare environment, according to the Defense Department Operational Test and Evaluation Force report.


During the simulated chemical attack trial, a helicopter was used to spray a personnel-safe, chemical weapon on the ship.


The vapour cloud chemical agent was detected by the USS New York's IPDS-LR defence system and enabled effective response to the CBR warfare scenario.


In addition, the crew also demonstrated their ability to conduct amphibious operations by launching two landing craft, air-cushioned vehicles in a contaminated environment.

"Before the end of 2018, the US Navy is planning to install the new system onto all currently deployed frigates and ships."


Program Executive Office for Ships Amphibious and Auxiliary Sealift programmes executive director Jay Stefany said that the successful completion of CBR defence test on the USS New York ship marks final major operational test event for the LPD 17-class programme.


"The test sets a new precedent of using our helicopter-mounted chemical simulant sprayer and referee equipment for future ship CBR defense tests," said Pompeii.


Before the end of 2018, the US Navy is planning to install the new system onto all currently deployed frigates and ships.


The LPD 17-class ships will replace more than 40 vessels currently in-service with the US Navy, which include Austin-class (LPD 4), Anchorage-class (LSD 36), Charleston-class (LKA 113) and Newport-class (LST 1179) amphibious ships.

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02.02.2013 Romandie.com (ats)


Le réseau social Twitter a annoncé vendredi qu'environ 250'000 de ses utilisateurs avaient été victimes d'attaques informatiques similaires à celles portées contre des sociétés et des médias américains. Pour Twitter, ces attaques ne sont pas l'oeuvre d'amateurs.


Les pirates ont réussi à prendre les noms, adresses courriel, mots de passe et d'autres données de ces utilisateurs, a précisé le directeur de la sécurité de Twitter, Bob Lord, sur le blog du réseau.


"Cette attaque n'était pas le travail d'amateurs, et nous pensons qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'un incident isolé", a estimé le dirigeant de Twitter, basé en Californie.


"Les assaillants étaient extrêmement sophistiqués, et nous pensons que d'autres entreprises et institutions ont été attaquées récemment de la même manière", a-t-il ajouté.


"Nous sommes tombés sur une attaque en cours et nous avons pu l'arrêter un peu plus tard", a-t-il rapporté, en précisant avoir invalidé les mots de passe des comptes potentiellement touchés et demandé aux utilisateurs d'en créer d'autres.


Attaques en hausse


M. Lord a évoqué une "hausse des attaques informatiques à grande échelle contre des entreprises américaines de médias et de technologie".


Les quotidiens américains New York Times et Wall Street Journal ont rapporté cette semaine que leurs ordinateurs et systèmes informatiques avaient été piratés, pointant du doigt le gouvernement chinois.


Le responsable de Twitter a mis aussi en garde contre l'utilisation du logiciel Java. Le département américain de la Sécurité intérieure avait appelé début janvier ses utilisateurs à cesser d'y avoir recours, car sa vulnérabilité est exploitée par des pirates informatiques.

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter source defpro.com


Feb. 2, 2013 by Dave Majumdar – FG


Washington DC - Lockheed Martin's F-35 general manager Tom Burbage is retiring after 13 years on the job.


"After 32 years of working with Lockheed Martin and legacy divisions, Tom Burbage has decided to retire," Lockheed says. "His impact to the F-35 program and other areas of aeronautics is immeasurable."


Burbage will continue to work on the F-35 programme until the end of March until the company picks a successor. "We will finalize our plans on how to backfill his role as his retirement date gets closer," Lockheed says.


Burbage joined Lockheed in 1980 after 11 years as a naval aviator. After working in business development, he eventually came to manage the F-22 Raptor programme in 1995. In 1999 he became president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.


Burbage was later appointed executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 programme in August 2000, where he currently remains. His main role in recent years has been to manage relations with the eight F-35 foreign partners.


A number of Lockheed executives have announced their retirements in recent weeks after the ascension of Maryllin Hewson as the company's chief executive officer on 1 Jan.

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KINGSTON, Ontario, Feb. 1 (UPI)


A defense and security center to develop and showcase Thales Canada's technology for the country's military has been inaugurated in the province of Ontario.


The center is in Queen's University's Innovation Park in Kingston.


Thales said its initial focus will be on its continuing work for the Canadian army's Land Command Support System, including the design, development and support of the army's command-and-control system.


"The Innovation Park site will allow Thales to expand its support to educate; develop procedures, training packages, simulations and demos; and better plan user engagement activities at Canadian army sites," said Mark Halinaty, vice president and general manager of Thales Canada, Defense and Security.


"Expanding our presence and capabilities here, close to our customer at CFB Kingston, also allows us to build our relationships with Queen's University and the Royal Military College through access to highly qualified personnel and engagement in leading-edge research initiatives."


Thales Canada said it is involved with Queen's University researchers to improve command-and-control training by using "disruptive new software architectures and human-machine-interface technologies."

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SOLON, Ohio, Feb. 1 (UPI)


Ultra-lightweight, air-deployable tactical vehicles to support U.S. military air rescue teams have been ordered from HDT Global of Ohio.


The company, which produces military and emergency response solutions, said the contract was given by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for its Storm Search and Rescue Tactical Vehicles, which give Air Force Guardian Angel teams necessary equipment to find and recover personnel in austere locations.


"The HDT Storm gives the Guardian Angel teams the capability to perform their mission, particularly when facing terrain impassable using other vehicles," said Robin Stefanovich of HDT's Expeditionary Systems Group.


"Although extremely lightweight, this vehicle has the necessary power and performance to deliver personnel and equipment to their desired destination, away from an area of high threat to a defendable location."


The HDT Storm, an all-terrain tactical vehicle can be transported aboard C-130 aircraft and aboard CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters.


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