News That Matters

Tag: Department

State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

Business
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved the potential $ 133.3 million foreign military sale of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan.The deal, announced on Tuesday, is set to provide the government of Japan with four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles, along with four Mk 29 missile canisters, if approved by the U.S. Congress, which has been notified of the potential sale.The contract will also provide U.S. government and contracted technical assistance, along with transportation, engineering and logistics support services, the Pentagon said in a press release.The Raytheon produced Standard Missile-3 Interceptor is a defensive weapon used to destroy short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The missiles are fired out of the Mk 29 Sea Sparrow Guided Missile Laun...
America’s Department of Commerce imposes a tariff of 292% on Bombardier’s C-Series jets

America’s Department of Commerce imposes a tariff of 292% on Bombardier’s C-Series jets

Finance
A YEAR ago Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing, the American aerospace giant, had a problem. Tweets written by Donald Trump, America’s newly elected president, were hitting Boeing’s share price. Initially buoyed by Mr Trump’s promise of extra spending on defence, the firm's share price fell in December 2016 when he suggested in a tweet that an order for new presidential planes worth $ 4bn should be cancelled. After the president elect picked a fight with Lockheed Martin, a rival planemaker, Boeing’s executives were left in fear of being the next target.And so, it seemed, Mr Muilenburg came up with a plan. Boeing would snuggle up to Mr Trump’s “America First” agenda to avoid the flack. Boeing started to stress in its press releases how many American jobs it was creating; it ask
Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Business
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...
Raytheon sale of AMRAAMs to Norway approved by State Department

Raytheon sale of AMRAAMs to Norway approved by State Department

Business
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The State Department announced Wednesday the possible foreign military sale of 60 Raytheon-produced AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, or AMRAAM, and four AMRAAM guidance section spares to the government of Norway.The contract, if approved by Congress, who was notified of the potential sale on Tuesday, will be worth an estimated $ 170 million.Officials at the State Department said the deal will also include "missile containers, weapon system support, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, technical and support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support."On Monday, military and industry le...
State Department approves $1.1B contract for support of Qatari F-15QA aircraft

State Department approves $1.1B contract for support of Qatari F-15QA aircraft

Business
Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The State Department announced Wednesday a possible foreign military sale of F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program support services to Qatar for a total estimated cost of $ 1.1 billion.State Department officials said that the potential foreign military sale supports the "foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States," as "Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region."The $ 1.1 billion dollar contract is for multiple construction services, cybersecurity and force protection infrastructure in support of Qatar's McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle fleet. Ten U.S. government civilians will also work directly with Qatar to support construction, cybersecurity and force protection efforts there.The State ...