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Britain's May, France's Macron shore up defense commitment

Britain's May, France's Macron shore up defense commitment

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Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A summit meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emanuel Macron yielded a commitment to enhanced defense cooperation, the British government announced.After the meeting on Thursday at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's military college, a British government statement said France will increase its support for the Forward Presence battle group in Estonia. The group, a NATO initiative led by Britain, was organized in 2016 to deter potential Russian aggression against vulnerable NATO countries on the Russian border.Britain will also deploy helicopters to Mali to provide logistical support for French troops operating a counterterrorism mission.May and Macron agreed to the creation of a two-country defense council in which the French and ...
Turkey commissions study for future missile defense system

Turkey commissions study for future missile defense system

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Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Turkey reinforced its partnership with Eurosam, Aselsan and Roketsan to further the country's strategic cooperation in the development of its national security assets.MBDA, a shareholder in Eurosam, announced on Friday the award of a contract to the three companies to study the future of long range air and missile defense system capabilities for Turkey.The contract was awarded to the defense companies during a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris."Eurosam has been fully dedicated to air and missile defense since its inception in 1989 and has acquired world-class expertise as well as a unique experience of cooperation in this strategic and eminently sovereign domain," Abdoulaye Sambe, managing director at Eurosa...
Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

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Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the AEGIS weapon system by the U.S. Navy for new construction in support of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force.The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $ 135.8 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.The contract calls for new construction and integration of a DDG AEGIS, which is a centralized, automated, command-and-control weapon system used to rapidly detect and track more than 100 targets at once.Work on the contract will occur in several U.S. states, as well locations in Japan, and is expected to be completed in December 2018.The terms of the deal provide cost reimbursement from the U.S. government that would aid Lockheed Martin on potential c...
Breakthrough could boost immune system's defense against cancer

Breakthrough could boost immune system's defense against cancer

Health
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new function of a protein called Runx3. Their research suggests the protein can be manipulated to boost the immune system's defense against cancer.The human immune system's primary foot soldier is the T cell. Scientists at the University of California San Diego found T cells in infected tissues and tumors were surprisingly similar. Experiments showed Runx3 dictates their presence.Scientists suggest the protein can be used to encourage T cells to meet cancer on the front lines -- in the tissue where cancer and tumor growth is most likely to begin.Scientists detailed their breakthrough in the journal Nature."At this time, we are seeing great promise in treating cancer stemming from approaches that exploit the immune system to target tumor cells a...
Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

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Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Senior leaders at the Department of Defense testified on Capitol Hill that they are attempting to reform and speed up an acquisition process that has dogged the agency for years.The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday heard testimony from U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, alongside other military officials, including Ellen Lord, the Pentagon's top acquisition official.The officials laid out their plan to streamline the Defense Department's acquisition of services and technology using authorities granted to them in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act."Before that act came into being, 19 of 49 of the largest Air Force programs were actually managed in decision authority kept at the Office of the Secretary of Defense level," Wilson told Congressional law...