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Defense Executive Newsletter | September 1, 2015

Procurement opportunities
Military intelligence research seeks to uncover threats from social media, other text
U.S. Air Force military intelligence experts are asking industry for new ways of uncovering existing and future global military threats from mountains of openly available text data, such as social media, blogs, and chat rooms.
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Navy researchers ask industry for ideas on how to defend against helicopter RPG attacks
U.S. Navy researchers are asking industry for ways to design equipment that can detect, track, and shoot down incoming rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) that threaten helicopter RPG attacks on U.S. and allied aircraft operating on or near the ground.
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DARPA to brief industry on cyber security defenses against denial of service
U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on an upcoming cyber security project to develop fundamentally new defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks on U.S. military data networks.
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Air Force wants new electronics thermal management techniques for fighter aircraft
U.S. Air Force electronics thermal management experts are asking industry for new ideas on how to cool the electronics on future fighter aircraft, which could be at least 10 times more demanding than they are today.
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Market forecasts
Worldwide UAV and drone spending to more than triple over next decade, say Teal analysts
Worldwide spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than triple over the next decade, growing from $4 billion this year to $14 billion by 2024, predict analysts at market researcher Teal Group in Fairfax, Va. This forecast is up from Teal's predictions last year, which indicated that worldwide UAV spending would reach $11.5 billion by 2023.
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Global perimeter security market to grow to $20.3 billion over next five years
The worldwide market for perimeter security will grow from $14 billion this year to $20.3 billion by 2020, driven by he rising number of perimeter intrusions, predict analysts at market researcher MarketsandMarkets in Dallas. This represents a combined annual growth rate of 7.6 percent.
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Design-in case studies
Navy chooses imaging sonar systems from EdgeTech to support of arctic research projects
U.S. Navy submarine research experts needed imaging sonar systems to help evaluate the performance of nuclear-powered submarines operating in the arctic. They found their solution from EdgeTech in West Wareham, Mass.
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Navy asks Rockwell Collins for advanced prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction
U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed a precision Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation system for a differential GPS-based carrier landing system. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Mergers and cooperation
HEICO boosting expertise in F-16 jet fighter maintenance and repair with ACT acquisition
HEICO Corp. in Hollywood, Fla., is boosting its expertise in maintaining Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighters with its acquisition of F-16 maintenance and repair specialist Aerospace & Commercial Technologies Inc. (ACT) in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Acquisition and logistics
Army looking for electro-optics companies to build 10,000 drivers night vision systems
U.S. Army night vision experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to manufacture as many as 10,000 devices that help drivers operate wheeled and tracked combat vehicles safely in darkness, in battlefield smoke, or in bad weather.
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