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Balfour Beatty to Support Rolls-Royce Expansion for New Royal Navy, AUKUS Projects; Terry Meighan Quoted

U.K.-based global infrastructure group Balfour Beatty will support the Rolls-Royce Submarines’ Raynesway campus expansion to meet the growing needs of the British Royal Navy and Australia’s $3.1 billion, 10-year commitment to the AUKUS submarine program. Rolls-Royce said Balfour Beatty will build new manufacturing facilities and offices in the submarine plant in Derby, England, doubling its...

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Report: New Zealand Defense Spending Cut May Derail AUKUS Phase 2 Plans

A proposed 6.6 percent cut in New Zealand’s defense budget could stall the Oceanian nation’s bid to join the AUKUS military alliance, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday. Wellington is planning to reduce its proposed defense spending for the year ending June 2025 to $3.03 billion from the current year’s $3.25 billion, based on...

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Bombardier Defense Expands Asia-Pacific Business With New Australia Office; Steve Patrick Quoted

Bombardier Defense has opened a new office in Adelaide, Australia, a move that is expected to further expand the company’s footprint in the Asia Pacific. The new workspace at Lot Fourteen, an innovation hub in the South Australia region, will provide additional client support, allowing customers to explore and experience the company’s portfolio of aircraft,...

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ThayerMahan, Ocius to Develop Autonomous Undersea Warfare Capability for AUKUS Countries

ThayerMahan and Ocius Technology are combining their expertise to develop an autonomous undersea warfare capability for AUKUS countries, consisting of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The two companies signed an agreement to install ThayerMahan’s Outpost passive acoustic maritime surveillance system on Ocius’ Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel. The collaborative effort will create uncrewed...

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HII to Support South Australia’s Preparation for AUKUS Shipbuilding Projects; Michael Lempke Quoted

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas toured HII’s Virginia operations on Friday to support the AUKUS trilateral partnership of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Malinauskas visited the U.S. company’s Newport News Shipbuilding site to advance his government’s deal with HII to prepare South Australia for big shipbuilding projects under AUKUS. A memorandum of...

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US, Allies Release Joint Guidance for Procuring Secure, Verifiable Tech

The cybersecurity agencies of New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have published a joint guidance to help organizations procure secure-by-design technologies. According to the document “Choosing Secure and Verifiable Technologies,” a purchaser should assess a product and its manufacturer before buying to ensure it is within an organization’s risk tolerance....

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Australia to Invest Billions to Improve Northern Territory Bases; Pat Conroy Quoted

The Australian government will invest up to $11.83 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade military bases and defense capabilities in the Northern Territory. The investment under the 2024 Integrated Investment Program supports the latest National Defence Strategy. Pat Conroy, Australian minister for defense industry, said the government is increasing defense spending to provide...

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US Indicts Russian National Over Role in LockBit Ransomware Campaign

The United States has unmasked and indicted a Russian national allegedly involved in the creation of the LockBit ransomware, which has targeted over 2,000 victims and collected millions of dollars in ransom money. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice unsealed a 26-count indictment against Dimitry Yuryevich Khoroshev, also known as “LockBitSupp” and “putinkrab.” “As part...

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Northrop Grumman Secures $170M Contract for Triton Drone Maintenance for US Navy, RAAF

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Northrop Grumman a $169.7 million contract to provide sustainment engineering and logistics services for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force’s MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft system. The RAAF is contributing $19.5 million in the contract’s funding. The contract order, released Monday with Naval Air Systems Command...

Defense Leaders Condemn Destabilizing Activities, Missile Launches in East Asia
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Defense Leaders Condemn Destabilizing Activities, Missile Launches in East Asia

The top defense officials of the United States, Australia and Japan expressed their opposition to “concerning and destabilizing” activities in East Asia during the 13th Trilateral Defense Ministerial Meeting in Hawaii on Thursday. Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles, Japanese Minister of Defense Kihara Minoru and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd...

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