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BUSINESS
November 25, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Battlefield technology is coming to the streets of Los Angeles County. Starting this month, one of the nation's major military contractors is outfitting the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's patrol cars with sophisticated computer systems and high-tech gadgetry that has been perfected for the battlefield. At a total cost to taxpayers of $20 million, Raytheon Co. promises to deliver technology that will enable deputies on the road to sort through key intelligence information in mere seconds, where it once took hours or days.
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BUSINESS
January 24, 2003 | From Reuters
Lockheed Martin Corp. topped the list of the biggest U.S. military contractors in fiscal 2002, followed by Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed, long the industry leader, rolled up $17 billion in prime contract awards in the year ended Sept. 30, up from $14.7 billion the year before.
WORLD
April 30, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A U.S.-run prison in Iraq, where American troops are under investigation in connection with abuse of Iraqi prisoners, used private contractors to interrogate detainees, the attorney for an accused soldier has charged. The private contractors from American companies have been used to question prisoners as part of aggressive intelligence-gathering efforts at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, where U.S.
WORLD
February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ruled out exchanging prisoners with his country's largest rebel group, which holds dozens of hostages. Those held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are "good citizens" who cannot be exchanged for jailed guerrillas, Uribe said during a visit to the European Union office in Brussels. "The Colombian government cannot enter into negotiations that strengthen terrorism," Uribe said at a news conference. The hostages include three U.S.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
With a growing fleet of combat drones in its arsenal, the Pentagon is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to open U.S. airspace to its robotic aircraft. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the military says the drones that it has spent the last decade accruing need to return to the United States. When the nation first went to war after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the military had around 50 drones. Now it owns nearly 7,500. These flying robots need to be shipped home at some point, and the military then hopes to station them at various military bases and use them for many purposes.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The lobbying firm enmeshed in a federal investigation of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is breaking up because of publicity surrounding the probe, the company said. The firm, Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White, has been a major player in Washington, particularly in winning narrow appropriations, known as "earmarks," for military contractors, municipalities and others.
WORLD
October 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombian troops have killed a guerrilla commander accused of kidnapping three U.S. military contractors and carrying out a string of assassinations and bombings, the army said. Edgar Gustavo Navarro of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was among 11 rebels killed during a gunfight Sunday, said Gen. Hector Martinez. Martinez said Navarro was behind the capture of Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell after their single-engine plane crash-landed Feb. 13.
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