The Department of Defense has place a half billion order of drones with Northrop Grumman. Reuters reports that the $555 million contract is for Northrop’s Global Hawk drones:
Northrop Grumman Corp has won a contract worth up to $555.6 million for modernization of the high-altitude Global Hawk unmanned plane, the Pentagon announced on Monday.
The company’s contract with the Air Force runs through May 14, 2015, the department said in its daily digest of big weapons deals.
The contract covers a wide range of activities, including management, engineering efforts, reliability, availability and diminishing manufacturing sources.
Photo: A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft assigned to the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, has its pre-flight checks accomplished by maintenance technicians prior to a flying mission Nov. 23, 2010, while deployed at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin)
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A shocking new report by the Pentagon has found that 70 sexual assaults may be taking place within the U.S. military every day. The report estimates there were 26,000 sex crimes committed in 2012, a jump of 37 percent since 2010. Most of the incidents were never reported. The findings were released two days after the head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention unit, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested for sexual assault. We air highlights from Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on military sexual assault and speak with Anu Bhagwati, executive director and co-founder of Service Women’s Action Network. “The numbers are outrageous and I think we’ve reached a tipping point,” Bhagwati says. “The American public is furious.”