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BBC programming disrupted in Middle East

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BBC announced Thursday that its television and radio shows had been disrupted in the Middle East and Europe. Britain's public broadcaster did not say who messed with the programming, but Paris-based satellite provider Eutelsat admitted Oct. 4 that Iran had been jamming satellite signals and censoring programs that broadcast with...

American troops arrive in Israel for defense drill

October 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first of 1,000 U.S. troops have begun arriving in Israel to take part in a joint missile-defense exercise, the New York Times reports. The three-week drill would be the sixth in a series of joint exercises, the report said. At least 3,500 Americans and 1,000 Israeli troops would prepare...

Claremont BioSolutions joins forces with In-Q-Tel

October 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Claremont BioSolutions, which makes DNA extraction technology, announced a partnership with CIA venture capital wing In‐Q‐Tel. The relationship will help Claremont BioSolutions accelerate commercialization of gadgets that extract DNA and help parse cell types. The battery-powered devices require a person to use a syringe to transport genetic samples into a...

Battery maker with nearly $250 million in federal grants files for bankruptcy

October 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Waltham, Mass., company has received nearly $250 million in federal grants and $358 million in venture funding, the article said. Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls offered to purchase two Michigan manufacturing facilities...

C2 Robotics nabs sole-source drone contract

October 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow C2 Robotics was awarded a $40,400 sole-source award to supply drones to the Air Force, contract databases reveal. The company specializes in creating mobile robotic platforms between 30 to 400 pounds. It has also developed display management systems for Northrop Grumman and command environments for piloting Predator drones, according to...

Wanted: Military planners who can integrate cyber ops into warfighting

October 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Navy wants to train military planners to weave cyber operations into their conventional campaigns, contract databases indicate. It is casting the net for contractors with Top Secret clearances to train special technical operations planners. The course will educate personnel on mission planning and “provide subject matter expertise in the...

China leads rise in Asia military spending

October 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military spending by Asia's major powers surged over the past decade with China leading the way, according to a study released Monday. The money that is being pumped into defense in the Asia Pacific will sustain the U.S. government’s strategic focus on the region, AFP reports. Defense spending in China,...

Linden Lab grabs its second life with creativity games

October 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Linden Lab, developer of virtual world Second Life, plans to launch creative gaming apps in an attempt to energize and broaden its user base, VentureBeat reports. As federal interest in Second Life has waned, the initiative, if successful, could renew agencies’ enthusiasm for tapping the company for public engagement or...

BAE could be in play for U.S. buyers

October 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BAE Systems could be a takeover candidate as the industry consolidates to weather defense cuts, money managers and financial analysts say, Bloomberg reports. The U.K. company failed to reach a merger agreement with Paris-based European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. The talks with EADS make the firm more vulnerable to...

Feds grant Illinois State funding for cyber planning

October 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The state of Illinois received a $1 million federal grant to help emergency personnel and local officials respond and plan for computer-based attacks, the Associated Press reports. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency will get training developed with the University of Illinois and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, an advisory body...

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