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This Is Where Some of America’s Best Pocket Knives Are Made | Gear Patrol

The items we shove in our pockets every morning to get us through the day — keys, phone, and if you are like me, the occasional knife — are tools. They work for us, unlocking doors (and packages) and connecting us to the rest of the world. Some are basic, but others, however discreet, are instruments of precision. For example: ... Read More »

Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds | New York Times

The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time. Source: Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds | New York Times Read More »

Mark Esper Is About To Put Every Pentagon Program Manager Through The Wringer | Forbes

The Senate confirmed Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense on Tuesday, which means that after an unprecedented seven months of having an acting secretary, the Pentagon finally has a permanent leader. Program managers, service chiefs, and function advocates should brace themselves. Esper will likely conduct a “night court” process for the Department of Defense as a whole just as he ... Read More »

Private equity firm to buy UK defense company in $5 billion deal | Defense News

The U.S. private equity group Advent International Corp. will acquire U.K. defense firm Cobham plc for £4 billion, or $5 billion, on Thursday. Advent, which has completed over 345 buyouts in 41 countries, purchased Cobham through its indirect subsidiary AI Convoy Bidco Limited. Cobham, which creates products for the defense, aerospace, and space industries, is ranked 57 on the Defense ... Read More »

Video: GS Guide: Knights Armament refines the legendary Stoner 63 | Military Times

The Stoner 63 is one of the coolest firearms ever developed (maybe because it was so beloved by SEAL teams in Vietnam). But the design was hard to maintain and therefore short lived in the US military inventory. But engineers at Knights Armament company took another look on the design and made a lightweight, low-recoil version for today’s high-speed assaulter ... Read More »

This is who wants to reform the Fourth Estate now | C4ISRNET

Army Secretary Mark Esper said he plans to reform the Department of Defense’s Fourth Estate, the 27 agencies that provide business tasks for the war fighter, if confirmed as Secretary of Defense, renewing a discussion of inefficiencies within the agencies. In advanced policy questions Esper submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee for a July 16 confirmation hearing, the White ... Read More »

Amazon hired one of Trump’s allies to lobby on its behalf as it looks to score a $10 billion contract with the Pentagon | Business Insider

Amazon has hired one of Trump’s allies to lobby on behalf of it its cloud computing service – Amazon Web Services – on “issues related to cyber security and technology,” according to a recent lobbying disclosure filing that was first reported by CNBC. The document said that Jeff Miller, who is CEO of lobbying firm Miller Strategies, was registered as ... Read More »

Cyber Warfare: U.S. Military Admits Immediate Danger Is ‘Keeping Us Up At Night’ | Forbes

Cyber warfare has reached a new phase this year—at least in terms of public awareness of the nature of the threat. Nothing is especially new, in truth, at least not capability-wise. But there has been one major development: increased levels of integration between the physical and cyber domains—cyber warfare as an interchangeable battlefield tool, an attack in one domain and ... Read More »

Turkey Out of F-35 Program by March 2020, Other Details Unclear |  Breaking Defense

The US will be forced to spend between $500 million and $600 million to shift the F-35 supply chain from Turkey to other countries, a number dwarfed by the $9 billion worth of work Turkey will forfeit in the coming years now that it is being removed from the program, Pentagon officials said today. In response to the Turkish purchase ... Read More »

A $655M satellite ground system contract has led to a lawsuit |  C4ISRNET

Peraton is suing the government over a $655 million, six-year contract to support the Air Force’s satellite ground systems. The legal action comes on the heels of a June 11 Government Accountability Office decision that the massive contract had been awarded improperly to Engility Corporation in January, a decision that came about because of a protest Peraton had filed in ... Read More »