Posts Tagged Boeing

Weapons: CHAMP– The Electronics-Frying Sniper Missile

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,”

I first heard about this from the blog War Is Boring, and I was kind of shocked that Boeing is actually talking about this weapon. AOL Defense carried the story and linked to Boeing’s press release about this thing, which I posted below.  Now that CHAMP has been proven to work, we need to talk about this.

What is crazy about this thing, is the ability to shut down an enemy’s electronics in a very precise way. So this missile could do a fly over of a specific target area and zap every data center/electronics hub in it’s path, and effectively shut down that stuff. That is quite the capability. Goody for us, but what happens when the other side of a conflict has a similar weapon?

Equally as sobering is that this technology will be copied or stolen by others in the world, and be introduced into the battlefields of the future. That means that all of our weapon systems–GPS, data links, electronics, etc are all vulnerable if such a missile or device was able to get within range.

That last part is important, because if the weapon is currently in a cruise missile type device, then they could probably put it in all manner of delivery vehicles-both land and in the air. Hell, imagine the thing in the water or up in space–zapping electronics everywhere?

Another thing to point out is that non-state actors will be interested in such a weapon, just so they can profit from attacks on electronics or use a device like this to support some far out crazy agenda. So yes, I agree with Boeing that this is a historical occasion, and definitely something to be concerned with as the technology spreads. The future is now. –Matt


CHAMP – lights out
October 22, 2012
By Randy Jackson
Cruising fast over the Western Utah Desert, a lone missile makes history at the Utah Test and Training Range. The missile, known as CHAMP, or Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project may one day change modern warfare, by defeating electronic targets with little or no collateral damage.
On Oct. 16th at 10:32 a.m. MST a Boeing Phantom Works team along with members from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate team, and Raytheon Ktech, suppliers of the High Power Microwave source, huddled in a conference room at Hill Air Force Base and watched the history making test unfold on a television monitor.
CHAMP approached its first target and fired a burst of High Power Microwaves at a two story building built on the test range. Inside rows of personal computers and electrical systems were turned on to gauge the effects of the powerful radio waves.
Seconds later the PC monitors went dark and cheers erupted in the conference room. CHAMP had successfully knocked out the computer and electrical systems in the target building. Even the television cameras set up to record the test were knocked off line without collateral damage.
“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,”
In all, seven targets were hit using CHAMP’s high power microwaves in the one-hour test that degraded and defeated the electronics inside the test buildings.
James Dodd, vice president of Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft, part of Phantom Works said there is a real need for a weapon that can defeat a target and not cause harm to people and structures.
“We know this has some capabilities and some impact, we’re really trying to engage the customer to see if there is a way we can actually get this fielded and implemented sooner than later,” Dodd said.
Coleman, who led the Boeing team in the historic test flight, says the team is currently analyzing data and telemetry from the test that many consider a big step in modern non-lethal warfare.
“Today we turned science fiction into science fact,” Coleman said.
Press release here.

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Jobs: Executive Protection Specialist 3, Illinois

This looks like a nice little EP gig for those guys living in the Chicago area. Although definitely read through the requirements below before submitting.

I am not the POC or recruiter for this job, and please follow the links below if you want to apply. Good luck. –Matt



View Job Requisition –  Executive Protection Specialist 3
Requisition Number: 12-1011878
Job Status: Activated
Posting Type: Posted Internally and Externally.
Posting Status: Available
Location: Chicago, IL
Virtual Office/Telecommute: Virtual Work Not Available
Shift: First
Business Unit: Shared Services
Division: Security & Fire Protection
Program: Enterprise – Regional Security
Occupation Title: Sec and Fire Protection Svc
Skills Management Title: Executive Protection Services
Job Classification: LAJWP3
Job Type: Non-Management
Experience Level: Career/Experienced
Exemption Status: Exempt

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Industry Talk: Siemens Government Technologies Appoints General Stanley McChrystal To Chair Board Of Directors

Congratulations to Siemens Government Technologies and to General McChrystal. Boy, this last year we have seen a lot of outstanding leaders move on to the private sector and that is great news.

As for this deal, I am not sure what SGT will be focusing in on specifically. Perhaps a representative can come up and fill in a few of those blanks? I noticed on the website that they will be partnering with Boeing for DoD Energy Modernization and I am sure that includes a whole range of technologies to get us more efficient and self reliant. In the video, it talks about energy security and the costs to DoD, and those are very important to the operational capability of today’s military. –Matt


Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. Appoints General Stanley McChrystal to Chair Board of Directors
Dec. 19, 2011
Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., the newly developed Federal business arm of Siemens in the U.S., has appointed three external board members to strengthen business activities as Siemens builds its presence in the Federal market. General Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of the U.S. and International Security Assistances Forces Afghanistan, will serve as Chairman of the Board. He will be joined by former U.S. Army Lieutenant General John Sylvester and retired Lockheed Martin and General Electric executive Robert Coutts who will serve as board members.
“Our newly appointed board members bring a wealth of experience in identifying the challenges of the Federal marketplace and knowing how to meet these needs,” said Judy Marks, President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. “Siemens has the capabilities to provide solutions to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiencies, offer sophisticated medical services for our nation’s warfighters and achieve infrastructure improvements as a key strategic partner for the Federal government.”

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Industry Talk: Pentagon Business Goes To The Small Fry

Nice little article about the defense industry and where it is at today. It asks a really compelling question–will the larger defense firms eventually try to compete in the services industry as the big program defense contracts decrease? Could we see a Boeing or Lockheed Martin participating in TWISS or some other security contractor related ‘services’ contract? lol You never know?….

The other thing I wanted to mention is that this is a prime example of small companies or small forces attacking the weakness of a large company or force. What works for guerrilla warfare, can have similar application to the business world. These smaller services companies are geared towards their niches, they are able to flex and roll with the contracting tempo, and they know what the client wants. Not only that, but because this is their primary focus, they can provide a better service than the big guys.  The larger defense companies are more concerned with and tooled for the big contracts, just because they have such a massive organization to support.  Smaller companies can certainly be more nimble in these smaller defense markets.

That’s not to say that a Lockheed Martin couldn’t enter the services market and rock and roll. It’s just they would have to compete with these well established niche companies. It will be interesting to see how this goes, and I am sure all defense companies are retooling and looking to the future as to what’s next.  Because on the one hand, you have congress getting pressure to reduce costs and balance the budge, but on the other hand we have all this chaos and war going on around the world. So this is a very difficult market to plan for, and I do not envy these companies in this endeavor. –Matt


Pentagon Business Goes to the Small Fry
Foreign wars create opportunities for small and nimble contractors
By Nick Taborek
September 01, 2011
Real-life army grunts have more important things to do on the modern battlefield, goes the thinking at the Pentagon these days. The scut work—and a good deal more—is outsourced to companies that can swoop in with people, basic resources, and technical know-how.
CACI International (CACI) and ManTech International (MANT) have become two of the most successful providers of technical services to the U.S. armed forces as spending on contractors soared because of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Together they raked in $3.9 billion last year from the military for providing everything from security services to radar data analysis. “When DOD outsources work, it can surge and purge,” says Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington. “It can tell a contractor, ‘I want you to bring on hundreds or thousands of people quickly,’ and they’ll do it.” And when the job is done, “they’re gone,” he adds.

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Jobs: Future Guard 2, Arizona

   Thanks to one of my readers for giving me the heads up on this.  EODT contracts out the security for the virtual fence (SBInet) stuff that Boeing is building.  The solicitation for this was the 5th of December and according to the article I posted about the fence, supposedly January of this year was when this work was supposed to pick up again.  Although it seems that a few congressmen are not too happy with this virtual fence.-Matt


Short Job Description :: 63658 – 1-FUTURE Guard II  

An Employee Owned Firm Delivering

Critical Mission Support and Site Restoration Services Since 1987


Department: Security Services

Position: Guard II

Salary Classification: Tech 1

Location: Tucson, AZ 

Reports to: Project Manager

Primary Functions: Guard is posted at or patrols specified areas to prevent unauthorized access, protect life and property, maintain order, and deter criminal activity in and around all customer work-sites as described in General, Post, and Special Orders. This is an armed position

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News: Iraq Orders 30 Boeing 737s, Planning Order for 10 Boeing 787s

   Very cool.  I am glad that Iraq is finally able to start on this process of upgrading it’s air services.  This will be very beneficial for future commerce and stability of Iraq.  -Head Jundi 



Iraq orders 30 Boeing 737s, planning order for 10 Boeing 787s

SEATTLE — A Boeing spokesman in Seattle, Peter Conte (CON’-tee), says an order from Iraq for 30 Boeing 737-800s is worth $2.2 billion.

He says Boeing and Iraq are still finalizing an additional order for 10 new 787s.

Conte says this is one of the first steps in re-establishing Iraq’s scheduled commercial aviation operations.

Because of Boeing’s backlog of orders, Conte says the planes would not be delivered until the next decade.

At a ceremony today in Baghdad with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S., British and Canadian diplomats, Iraq also ordered 10 planes from Canada’s Bombardier (bom-BAR’-de-ay) to upgrade the Iraqi Airways fleet.

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