April 5, 2001 |
The Pentagon canceled plans Wednesday to provide a public explanation of why it contracted with firms operating low-wage plants in China and other countries to manufacture millions of black berets for the U.S. Army. The Defense Department insisted that the decision had nothing to do with the delicate state of U.S.-China diplomacy after the collision Sunday of a Chinese fighter jet and a U.S. spy plane.
January 4, 2001 |
Boeing Satellite Systems Inc., an El Segundo-based commercial satellite maker, said Wednesday that it won a contract potentially worth $1.3 billion to develop a constellation of satellites that would provide high-capacity communication links for the U.S. military. The contract is the largest since Boeing Co. acquired the former Hughes space and communications business in the fall and marks the first time that the subsidiary has been named as a prime contractor for the Air Force.
September 21, 2000 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. won't be required to spend as much as $150 million next year to build a West Coast facility to launch satellites because there won't be enough commercial launches to justify the expenditure, the Air Force said. The Pentagon is modifying a 1998 contract that required Lockheed and rival Boeing Co. to build launch pads at Vandenberg Air Force Base as they compete to build the nation's next generation of rockets to launch commercial and military satellites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2000 |
Congress approved $22 million in defense contracts for San Fernando Valley defense firms ITT Gilfillan and L-3 Communications Ocean Systems, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) announced Friday. "These funds will preserve good jobs in the Valley, and hopefully lead to the creation of significant new employment opportunities in the near future," Berman said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2000 |
To boost California's chances of landing the Joint Strike Fighter project, Gov. Gray Davis has notified Defense Department officials that the state would provide incentives worth $2.2 billion should the Pentagon build the aircraft in Palmdale, officials said Tuesday. In a letter to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, Davis said the nation's largest defense contract should be awarded to California, where preliminary work on the project is underway.
June 14, 2000 |
The Defense Department said it's awarding a $37.9-million contract over four years to TRW Inc.'s Carson-based Tactical Systems Division for an electronic system to protect troops against "friendly fire." Allied vehicles fitted with the Battlefield Combat Identification System kits send short, encrypted signals to each other to distinguish themselves from enemy targets. Development of the system came in response to recent high-profile friendly fire tragedies.