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DroneGun by DroneShield earns compliance certification from French military; company also launches thermal camera
DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its DroneGun product has been certified as compliant under the French military’s Dangers des Rayonnements Electromagnétiques sur les Personnels (“DREP”) test, which measures electromagnetic emission levels on human users. The test is part of the French defence procurement processes. It is also accepted by other European countries. A video on DroneGun, shot on location of a military demonstration can be viewed at www.droneshield.com/videos. DroneShield has been actively trialling DroneGun with a number of militaries globally over the recent months, as drone deployments in armed conflicts continue to rise rapidly. The Company is presently in a number of government sector procurement processes internationally. Status updates on these processes will be provided as they become available.
The Company is also pleased to announce the launch of DroneHeat, a thermal camera product, and DroneOpt, an optical camera product, to supplement the Company’s existing acoustics detection products WideAlert and FarAlert, and the Company’s existing radio frequency drone countermeasure product DroneGun.
The addition of these methods of detecting and identifying drones allows for an improved overall detection accuracy in combination with the Company’s acoustic products, and for a definitive confirmation by the user of the the type of the drone detected, across a range of weather conditions and times of day.
These high-specification products provide a cost-effective yet high quality solution that can be deployed at a significant range (up to 600m) across a number of customer verticals, including military, law enforcement and civil infrastructure. The products are not ITAR (The United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations) restricted.
Peter James, DroneShield’s chairman has commented: “As DroneShield has previously indicated, in response to users’ requirements, it is moving towards becoming an integrated multi-method counterdrone contractor. The addition of a thermal detection product and an optical detection product to DroneShield’s suite of existing drone detection and countermeasure products is an important step in that direction. DroneShield continues to work on the development and integration of multiple additional detection and countermeasure technologies, in order to enable the Company to be a prime counterdrone integrator to militaries, civil infrastructure and other customers, and to respond to customers requirements."
Photo courtesy of The Washington Post
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
Published by Government Security News with permission of The Washington Post
A possible North Korean drone took numerous photos of a new U.S. missile defense site located in South Korea before crashing near the demilitarized zone between the two countries, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
The drone, according to the report, was found last week just days after North Korea test-fired a salvo of anti-ship missiles. The test, reportedly overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, marked the latest escalation following a series of weapon trials in recent months that have steadily ratcheted up tensions in the region.
A South Korean Defense Ministry official, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity, said that the drone was found in a South Korean Border town and that it taken 10 photos of a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) site located in Seongju. The Sony digital camera aboard the drone had hundreds of photos stored, though most of the images were of various agricultural areas in South Korea, according to the report.
The THAAD system, is a sophisticated missile defense system that uses kinetic energy to destroy warheads in flight. The Pentagon has deployed the THAAD to South Korea in effort to assuage fears of U.S. allies in the region as North Korea has continually tested mid- to long-range missiles that could soon be mounted with a nuclear weapon.
The THAAD deployment, however, has angered China because the system’s long-range AN/TPY-2 radar has the ability to peer into Chinese territory. Earlier this month, South Korea halted the deployment of four THAAD launchers to the site in Seongju after newly elected President Moon Jae-in called for an environmental inspection of the area.
The official told the AP said that twin-engine unmanned aircraft had crashed because it ran out of fuel but that it had flown farther than other North Korean drones recovered in years past. North Korea is believed to have 300 drones in its arsenal, according to the AP report.
North Korea has long boasted of its drone fleet, showcasing reconnaissance and attack drones modeled after similar U.S. aircraft during parades in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced that it had recovered four crashed North Korean drones between October 2013 and September of that year.
According to 38 North, a Korea-related analysis site maintained by Johns Hopkins University, these recovered drones were largely unsophisticated and followed a preplanned route with limited data-transmitting capabilities. Unlike the recently found drone, however, these older aircraft all were powered by a single engine.
Unsophisticated drones, such as the ones used by North Korea, have steadily become an important issue for U.S. troops around the world. The Islamic State regularly employs off-the-shelf unmanned aircraft to attack U.S.-backed troops in Iraq and Syria. To combat this emergent issue, the Pentagon has toyed with an array of different countermeasures, from anti-drone rifles to truck-mounted scrambling devices. It is unclear if any of these devices will be deployed to South Korea.
Earning a spot at the top, Northrop Grumman was named among the best places to work for Cyber Ninjas, according to a recent report issued by the SANS Institute, a global leader in information security training.
“Cyber Ninjas” are defined as those cybersecurity experts whose day-to-day tasks require higher-level technical skills. The report features interviews with employees from the top-rated government system integrators who discussed what they deemed most critical for recruiting and retention.
“Our goal is to show there are a bunch of companies doing it really well,” said Alan Paller, director of research, SANS Institute. “That should maximize the pressure on others to try to be more like the leaders and thereby improve productivity across the cybersecurity field.”
Told through the eyes of the employees, the interviews show the "how and why" of effective recruiting and retention. “The most important thing to me is being able to do challenging and engaging work,” said Jack Baker, Northrop Grumman cyber professional working on the company’s cyber threat assessment and awareness team. “The mission is a bonus - doing challenging projects for the right purpose is really great.”
“Look at their leadership - you want to see diversity, technical experience and leaders who engage with their employees for constant feedback,” said Lauren Mazzoli, a Northrop Grumman cyber systems engineer, responding to a question about assessing potential employers. “You want to know the organization is made up of people who are willing and able to help you, support you and get you where you want to go.”
In 2016, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report, Recruiting and Retaining Cyber Ninjas, published results of an in-depth survey of 284 cybersecurity professionals that identified key factors that characterize employers of choice for cyber ninjas. This follow-up report by SANS provides an initial answer to the question many potential employees ask: which employers provide the best environment to get the most out of top-performing cybersecurity professionals.
The report ranked employers on their success in recruiting and retaining a critical mass of cyber ninjas, names leaders in that ranking among federal IT contractors and adds substance to the CSIS findings by initially naming two of the best places to work and publishing interviews with ninjas who work for those leading employers.
Northrop Grumman’s Jack Baker and Lauren Mazzoli represent two of the four candidates highlighted in this first set of interviews.
Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of full-spectrum cyber solutions to the United States government and to allied nations around the world. The company builds cyber into every system, platform, and product that it produces in order to enhance mission assurance and resiliency, while investing both in innovative technology and cyber talent of the future. For information about careers in cyber, go to http://www.northropgrumman.com/careers .
To hear more from our professionals about employment with Northrop Grumman, click here: https://www.themuse.com/companies/northropgrumman/people/lauren.
Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.
“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.
“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”
Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.
XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.
Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation.
Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.
Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:
Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile.
The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics.
Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.
Iris ID, a leading provider of iris biometric technology, today announced its technology has been included in Ultra Electronics’ tactical information system for military applications. The Combat Apps Tactical System (CATS) allows secure communication between headquarters and frontline troops using a lightweight, tablet-based device.
The next-generation CATS tablets provide secure, encrypted communication including voice, situational awareness, high bandwidth video and chat across all available networks.
The Iris ID’s R-100 camera and IrisAccelerator™ enables front-line operatives using CATS to capture biometric information for authenticating troop identity in real time using intelligence databases held securely and remotely at the mission headquarters. Iris recognition can also be used to verify troop identities before boarding ships, airplanes or other types of military transportation.
Mohammed Murad, vice president, global business development and sales for Iris ID, noted the speed and accuracy of the company’s iris recognition technology makes it ideal for military use – where reliable performance is critical.
Murad said; “The Iris ID technology has been proven effective worldwide in remote locations and during extreme weather conditions for national ID and other programs. The R-100 will add valuable capability to Ultra’s CATS battlefield information systems.”
CATS is intended to allow frontline troops to focus on their mission and react faster and more efficiently than the enemy. Communications becomes an enabler, not a limitation on operations and troop safety now is enhanced with the Iris ID identity authentication technology.
Iris ID’s core technology, commercially available since 1997, helps protect borders and airports; is used for national ID and voter registration programs; and provides access control and time-and-attendance for public and private organizations around the world.
About Iris ID Systems Inc.
Iris ID Systems Inc., formerly a division of LG Electronics USA known as LG IRIS, has been active in iris recognition research, development and production since 1997. Today U.S.-based Iris ID Systems is a global player in the iris recognition business. IrisAccess® is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform and in thousands of locations authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons. More people look to IrisAccess for iris-based authentication than to all other iris recognition products combined. For more information, visit www.irisid.com or contact Mohammed Murad at 609-819-4747.
By Tory Johnson
This Memorial Day, Americans honor U.S. service members who have died while serving their country. Enlisting in the military, and risking one’s life, is considered a powerful demonstration of gratitude and loyalty to one’s nation. And for many, the decision to serve the United States is also a decision to serve their adopted country.
Immigrants have a long history in the U.S. military, dating back to the Civil War and earlier. An estimated 43 percent of Union soldiers were immigrants or the sons of immigrants, and one-in-four members of the Union army was an immigrant.
Immigrants’ contributions continue to this day. In 2016, for example:
The vast majority, or 85 percent, of immigrant veterans had become naturalized citizens.
2 million veterans come from an immigrant background—roughly 11 percent all U.S. veterans.
Immigrants also make up an estimated 5 percent of today’s active-duty force. The Department of Defense has stated that some 18,000 noncitizens serve in the military at any given time, with 5,000 legal permanent residents (LPRs, or green card holders) enlisting annually.
Despite this history and the foreign born’s ongoing dedication to American ideals, many immigrants who have risked their lives for their adopted country face steep immigration challenges.
For some immigrant veterans, the benefits—including citizenship—they believed they were also signing up for have yet to materialize.
Beginning in 2001, an expedited process for citizenship was established for eligible noncitizen military personnel in recognition of the risks that service members from all backgrounds undertake. Since then, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has naturalized nearly 110,000 service members. Approximately 85 percent of immigrant veterans have become naturalized citizens as of 2016.
While the current administration has affirmed that the expedited path to citizenship for immigrants in the military is still in effect, veterans have come forward with their stories of the immigration battles they now face, after fighting for their adopted homeland.
While the government does not track deportations of veterans, a 2016 report by the American Civil Liberties Union counted at least 250 deportations of U.S. veterans since 1996, though other veteran support organizations estimate the real number is in the thousands.
Joaquin Sotelo, a U.S. Navy veteran who served for six years, believed his citizenship had gone through after filling out his naturalization application and confirming with his military superiors. Yet, he had not become a U.S. citizen.
In an interview, Sotelo said:
“…once you serve a country, you assumed that this country is going to look after you— and the system has failed drastically. The system has failed me.”
Sotelo and many other veterans are now fighting their deportations in order to stay with their families in the United States.
“They come home, they make a minor mistake and next thing they’re deported. In a sense, we’ve breached their contract. Because we have an agreement and they fulfilled their end of the bargain and we’re not fulfilling ours.”
Immigrants are vital to this country, and those who have served the United States in the armed forces deserve respect, due process, and support when they return home. On this Memorial Day, Americans should remember the sacrifices of all service members and work to ensure that all of our veterans are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Danish Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen; Danish Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Lars Gert Lose, and Terma North America CEO Steve Williams cut the ribbon on the new Terma Innovation and Collaboration Center in Crystal City, Virginia.
Minister Frederiksen addressed representatives from U.S. and Danish aerospace and defense companies: “It is a pleasure to be here today and to witness how Terma and the Danish defense industry in general continuously and successfully pursue business opportunities in the U.S., contributing to the creation of Danish jobs and export. It is my hope that the new Center will provide a forum for joint government and industrial promotion and advocacy”, said minister Frederiksen.
The opening reception also featured a discussion on the path ahead for collaboration between the U.S. and Danish aerospace and defense industries.
Terma North America CEO Steve Williams said: “The Terma Innovation and Collaboration Center demonstrates the capabilities across all of Terma, how we collaborate with our industrial partners, and our vision of future solutions, and how we can continue to help address our customer’s most pressing challenges.” He continues:
“The Center will also be a place for U.S. and Danish companies to collaborate, in a similar fashion to the larger Terma R&D Center to be opened later this year in Atlanta.”
The new Center displays a variety of Terma’s products and solutions, including Terma’s renowned aircraft self-protection systems fielded on more than 2,500 aircraft worldwide – including more than 1,000 U.S. Air Force fighters. The Center also displays complex aircraft composite panels, the C-Guard naval decoy launching system, the Terma Star Tracker, SCANTER radars, and a virtual reality demo of our 3D-Audio application for military pilot helmets.
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NAGOYA, Japan, June 5, 2017 – The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled out of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and oversight from the U.S. Government.
Approximately 200 people attended the ceremony including Japanese and United States government and defense industry leaders. The ceremony highlighted the strong partnership between the Japanese Ministry of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense, MHI and Lockheed Martin.
Kenji Wakamiya, senior vice minister of defense; Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) chief of staff; Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, commander, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force; Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer; Vice Adm. Dave Lewis, Defense Contract Management Agency Director; Naohiko Abe, MHI’s senior vice president and Integrated Defense & Space Systems president, and Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, attended the milestone event.
“Seeing the first Japanese built F-35A is a testament to the global nature of this program”, said Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer. “This state of the art assembly facility, staffed with a talented and motivated workforce, enables us to leverage industry’s unique talents and technological know-how to produce the world’s best multi-role fighter. The F-35 will enhance the strength of our security alliances and reinforce long-established bonds with our allies through training opportunities, exercises, and military-to-military events.”
The Japanese Ministry of Defense competitively selected the F-35A as the JASDF’s next-generation air defense fighter in December 2011, with a Foreign Military Sales program of record of 42 F-35As. The first four JASDF F-35As were previously delivered from the Fort Worth, Texas production facility. Subsequent deliveries of 38 F-35A aircraft will come from the FACO here in Japan.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Defense selected the Nagoya FACO in 2014 for the North Asia-Pacific regional heavy airframe Maintenance Repair Overhaul & and Upgrade (MROU) facility.
“Building upon our enduring relationship with Japanese industry, we are fully committed to our F-35 production partnership with MHI and our support to the Japan Ministry of Defense,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “The skilled workers who achieved this milestone know firsthand the F-35’s capability and how this aircraft will only strengthen the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance, thereby building upon Japan’s strategic vision to ensure the Alliance remains strong for decades to come.”
The F-35 Lightning II is a next-generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. More than 220 operational F-35s have been built and delivered worldwide and they have collectively flown more than 95,000 flight hours.
IMG 0014 – AX-5 unveiled
More than 200 people attended an unveiling ceremony to see AX-5, the first Japanese-assembled F-35A in Nagoya Japan on 5 June 2017. The aircraft was built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and oversight from the U.S. Government.
Photo by Thinh Nguyen, Lockheed Martin
Louisa Jaffe, CEO
Technical and Project Engineering, LLC (TAPE), announced Monday May 8th, that it has been awarded a three-year contract, estimated at $45M, to provide training resource modeling support to the Army through its Army Training Models (ATM) contract. TAPE was originally awarded the prime contract for this work in 2007.
Under this contract, TAPE will continue to support the Regular Army, the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Forces Command (FORSCOM), the Army Special Operations Command and other Army Commands by developing and allocating training resources that support the Army’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) submissions to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Congress. ATM is comprised of the Training Resource Model Information System, Battalion Level Training Model, Training Resource Model, Aviation Training Resource Model, Institutional Training Resource Model, Manday Resource Model and FORSCOM 1-N.
TAPE’s scope of work on this contract includes: Software Development and Support, Functional Analysis, and Staff Support at Army headquarters and other locations throughout the continental United States. Having primed this contract for more than 9 years, TAPE brings consistency, specialized expertise, and institutional knowledge to ATM. Joel Fleck, TAPE’s Vice President for defense programs, serves as the ATM Program Manager and has overseen the program for nearly 28 years.
“ATM is a prime example of TAPE’s ability to spearhead the management of large programs while leveraging the capabilities and expertise of its subcontracting partners,” said Fleck. “With this contract renewal, our goal is to continue to provide excellent service as verified by the stellar ratings we’ve received on our Army Contracting Performance Assessment Reviews (CPARS).”
”We are proud to continue serving our nation by providing the Army with exceptional expertise in the financial modeling, software development, logistics and training areas” added TAPE’s President Louisa Jaffe. Jaffe continued “Our personnel and subcontractor personnel are synonymous with Army Training Models.” TAPE’s teammates include Engility, CACI, Oak Grove, The Ravens Group, and CALIBRE.
TAPE is dedicated to keeping the nation safe and strong by providing training and readiness solutions, management consulting, and technology services to the Federal government. We are skilled instructional designers and subject matter experts (SME’s), systems developers and engineers, resource modelers, and logisticians committed to delivering innovative solutions that solve our customers’ challenges. We empower our employees to go the extra mile for our customers and we reward them for it. TAPE partners selectively with other reputable businesses to foster mutual success and strategic growth.
We communicate continuously and transparently so that our customers, employees, and teaming partners all experience the commitment to exceptional service that our motto promises:
“Measure Us By Your Results”
Incorporated in 2003, TAPE is a CVE-Verified Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned/8(m) Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (SDVO/EDWOSB). We are also a certified ISO 9001:2008 company under the International Organization for Standardization.
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