It is an important part of the DRS mission to do more than produce innovative products, but also to create a more innovative industry, driven by today’s experience and tomorrow’s discoveries. To that end, DRS thought leaders often join in public forums, discussions and conferences in hopes of spreading knowledge and gaining perspective.
|1/20/2017 3:11:56 PM||
Concerns over security and long-term energy costs will still drive the equipment market despite recent dips in fuel prices that have somewhat dampened interest in developing hybrid and electric drive propulsion plants for naval ships, predicted Greg Reed, a senior business development director for DRS Technologies.
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|12/21/2016 8:49:28 PM||
December 2016 - Bill Lynn, former deputy defense secretary and CEO of DRS Technologies, and Ben FitzGerald, senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, discuss CNAS’ “Future Foundry” report during an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.
|12/21/2016 9:13:00 PM||
Lynn discusses the report he co-chaired, Future Foundry: A New Strategic Approach for Military-Technical Advantage
The DoD must develop and implement a new strategic approach to generate and maintain technological superiority; one that fundamentally shifts the basis of the DoD's advantage by creating an elegant alignment between the nation's strategic needs, available technologies, and the various business models through which the DoD develops and fields military capabilities.
Bill Lynn co-chaired the report released today. The Future Foundry Report provides a positive vision for how the Department of Defense can establish such an approach to generate military-technical advantage, drive institutional reform, and collaborate more effectively with a wide range of industry partners.
|12/20/2016 4:50:43 PM||
December 16, 2016 - YORK, Penn. -- The Army is expected to make key decisions on a way forward to integrate Active Protection Systems (APS) onto a variety of combat vehicles next summer, according to the program executive officer for Army combat vehicles.
|12/14/2016 5:42:35 PM||
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Technology and National Security Program has released a new report, co-chaired by DRS Technologies and Leonardo North America CEO Bill Lynn, laying out a fundamentally new strategic approach for the Department of Defense for generating technological advantage. The report, “Future Foundry: A New Strategic Approach to Military-Technical Advantage,” makes the case that the Pentagon must go beyond changing acquisition policy. Rather, it needs to shift the Department’s underlying technology strategy to better align with the modern marketplace for innovation and the United States’ threat environment.
|12/6/2016 4:08:00 PM||
The defense industrial base that makes equipment and performs services for the military is getting a top-down review. The Center for a New American Security is launching the Future Foundry initiative to make recommendations to the Defense Department on how to integrate new technology and new competitors into the defense industrial base. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense and CEO of DRS Technologies and Leonardo North America, Bill Lynn is a co-chair of the initiative.
|12/7/2016 9:13:03 PM|
|12/20/2016 4:39:32 PM||
December 1, 2016 - Multiple factors are set to compel a major transformation in the makeup of the defense market in the coming years, according to an industry executive who previously held the number two position at the Pentagon.
|12/5/2016 8:24:27 PM||
When Bill Lynn joined DRS in 2012, the heavily army-oriented firm was so troubled by bloated overhead and plunging revenues — driven largely by drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq — that its parent company, Finmeccanica (now Leonardo) had plans to divest from the business it had acquired just four years earlier.
During a visit to Israel last week, Lynn talked with Defense News bureau chief Barbara Opall-Rome about his business plan, and why he expects partnerships with select Israeli firms to propel profitability. From a heyday high of about $4 billion in annual turnover, DRS is now slightly below $2 billion.
|12/15/2016 3:16:55 PM||
Here’s the problem: Your unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is flying through densely populated geography when one of its signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems’ radio-frequency (RF) channels detects an emitter signal of interest on a specific frequency, indicating a potential target. It’s not enough to know there’s a potential threat out there somewhere. You need to know the threat’s exact location, and you need to know it in near-real-time. The challenge is that to geolocate a particular emitter, the SIGINT system needs to reassign three or four of its other RF channels, so they can – along with the original channel – perform the interferometry, using TDOA [Time Difference of Arrival] localization techniques, that’s needed to zero in on the potential target.
Now, a comparable revolution in higher density RF tuner modules has begun. During the recent AUSA 2016 show in October, DRS’ Signal Solutions business unit introduced its new Vesper family of multichannel 3U and 6U wideband RF receivers. The 6U Vesper provides an amazing 9 RF tuner channels in a single 6U slot. Their 3U version supports two RF channels. What’s more, these RF receivers digitize the incoming analog data right on the tuner before sending it out for processing over 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
|10/14/2016 1:39:08 PM|
|10/11/2016 1:50:41 PM||
Army Tanks to Get Vehicle-Mounted Developed Active Protection Systems to Detect, Track and Destroy Enemy Fire
Army Abrams tanks are being outfitted with high-tech, vehicle-mounted systems which can detect, track and destroy approaching enemy RPG fire within milliseconds.
The Army is fast-tracking an emerging technology for Abrams tanks designed to give combat vehicles an opportunity identify, track and destroy approaching enemy rocket-propelled grenades in a matter of milliseconds, service officials said.
Called Active Protection Systems, or APS, the technology uses sensors and radar, computer processing, fire control technology and interceptors to find, target and knock down or intercept incoming enemy fire such as RPGs and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, or ATGMs. Systems of this kind have been in development for many years, however the rapid technological progress of enemy tank rounds, missiles and RPGs is leading the Army to more rapidly test and develop APS for its fleet of Abrams tanks.
|10/11/2016 1:57:37 PM||
The Vesper product line is a significant advancement in RF performance for modular, open-system architecture design. Developed with over 60 years of DRS’ RF expertise, the family of wideband Vesper receivers can be configured with up to a class-leading ten RF channels of receive or transmit capability in a single slot 1-inch pitch 6U VPX module.
|9/30/2016 10:29:11 PM||
The theme of the 2016 AUSA annual meeting next week is “America’s Army: Ready Today, Preparing for the Future.” Ready for today means our soldiers are equipped to successfully handle a diversity of threats, an achievable feat because the army has consistently prepared for the future.
|9/30/2016 2:21:46 PM||
WASHINGTON – The Army is working on a new lightweight handheld device that will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to call for fire from the sky.
|9/12/2016 4:46:51 PM||
WASHINGTON – The Army is readying production of a new bridging system used by Armored Brigade Combat Teams after awarding DRS Technologies, Inc., a $400 million production contract to integrate the bridge platform onto an M1 Abrams tank.
|9/30/2016 2:36:18 PM||
The US Army is turning to foreign systems for an interim solution for advanced protection for its combat vehicles against rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank guided missiles and other threats.
|6/23/2016 8:44:06 PM||
A consortium trying to win a $3 billion contract to provide Canada with new search and rescue aircraft says it will build a new training facility in British Columbia if it is selected as the winning bidder.
The proposed three-story, 73,000 square foot building would be located in Comox, British Columbia, Steve Lucas, a retired lieutenant general and former head of the Royal Canadian Air Force, told a news conference on Wednesday. Lucas is with Team Spartan, a consortium of companies which bid the C-27J aircraft for the Canadian contract.
|6/6/2016 2:34:45 PM||
Seven years ago today, an Air France Airbus A330 failed to arrive in Paris after an overnight flight from Rio de Janeiro. Two hundred and twenty-eight people died. So it is a particularly poignant case of “the more things change the more they stay the same,” that the airline industry is still wrestling with the issues raised by that accident and revisited repeatedly since then.
The loss of EgyptAir Flight 804 over the Mediterranean is the most recent re-ignition of the conversation. On May 20th, the Airbus A320 with 66 people on board appears to have crashed in the sea and the recorders have not been found.
|6/6/2016 2:56:00 PM||
A fight has erupted between gun makers vying to arm the Littoral Combat Ship from swarm boats. A good old-fashioned gunfight involving a controversial Navy ship has sparked a debate about whether bigger is actually better. Like many things, it depends on who you ask.
|5/31/2016 12:18:05 PM||
LEONARDO’S DRS Technologies is reviving its call for the Navy to incorporate the OTO Melara 76mm Super Rapid Gun on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
|5/10/2016 2:06:07 PM||
The Army is testing high-tech, vehicle-mounted systems which can detect, track and destroy approaching enemy RPG fire within milliseconds.
|4/29/2016 1:25:58 PM||
|4/29/2016 1:56:03 PM||
A new task force, organized by the Center for a New American Security, is set to explore how the next administration can best manage the changing U.S. defense industrial base.
Bill Lynn, the former deputy defense secretary who now leads DRS Technologies, is co-chair of the task force along with Sean O'Keefe, the former NASA administrator who also previously served as CEO of Airbus Group.
|4/19/2016 2:34:53 PM||
A group of defense CEOs will be working with a top Washington, D.C., think tank in the coming months to analyze the state of the industry and its relationship with the Defense Department as a new administration comes into office.
|4/14/2016 3:21:35 PM||
The Marine Corps plans to buy or lease existing active protection systems (APS) for its M1 Abrams tanks that are vulnerable to proliferating anti-tank guided missiles. Specifically, the Marine Corps will test the Trophy APS system developed by Israeli defense firm RAFAEL and sold in the United States by DRS TECHNOLOGIES, Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant of the
|3/17/2016 1:49:25 PM||
March 16, 2016 WASHINGTON — Less than a year after Finmeccanica ended efforts to sell its American subsidiary, DRS Technologies reported strong 2015 earnings, earning praise Wednesday from its Italian parent company for its turnaround.
|12/11/2015 2:33:57 PM|
|12/11/2015 2:46:28 PM|
|12/10/2015 6:36:18 PM||
After 48 weeks of construction, one of the world’s largest vacuum pressure impregnation (VPI) tanks has begun service at DRS Technologies' Power Technology Inc. (PTI) business unit in Fitchburg, Mass.
The vessel plays an integral role in PTI’s Main Propulsion Motor program for the U.S. Navy. Large electric motors for naval power generation are treated with the VPI process, a sort of “curing” method for critical electrical components that increases the life of insulation and improves resistance to moisture and chemicals. The process helps the Navy reduce motor failure substantially.
The tank, more than 19 feet in diameter and 17 feet deep, is recessed nine feet in the ground.
|11/18/2015 10:06:05 PM||
Felicia Campbell, senior manager of business development for the Advanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance unit of the DRS C4ISR group, has been selected by the Association of the U.S. Army to receive the organization’s Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal for 2015.
|11/17/2015 3:02:43 PM||
The Defense Department needs to find ways to foster competition and innovation in an era where the industrial base is consolidating, according to a Pentagon official and independent analysts.
|11/13/2015 10:20:17 PM||
The Army is poised to invest more than a billion dollars over the next decade in a James Bond-like targeting technology for infantry troops. A riflescope wirelessly transmits video to a night-vision goggle, allowing a shooter to kill a target without having to bring the weapon up to eye level.
|11/10/2015 10:17:19 PM||
DRS CEO Bill Lynn was a guest speaker recently at the third annual Reagan National Defense Forum at the Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
|10/26/2015 12:51:17 PM||
DRS' Advanced Acoustic Concepts on Defense News TV talking variable Depth Sonar for LCS
|10/16/2015 4:56:24 PM||
Sally A. Wallace, the president of the C4ISR Group with DRS Technologies, spoke to Defense News about the future of core technologies, as well as the application and flexibility of those technologies.
|10/16/2015 5:16:24 PM||
AUSA: Al Mosher, director of strategic planning at DRS Technologies' demonstrates the capabilites of the new Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFOCS) gear
|10/15/2015 2:57:56 PM||
DRS Technologies has opened what it has dubbed "the Amazon.com" for military spare parts, launching a website meant to make ordering a new nozzle or valve as easy as buying movies online.
|8/3/2015 4:51:19 PM||
The Army is closing in on wireless technology that will connect an infrared image from a rifle scope camera into the view of a soldier's night vision goggle.
|8/3/2015 4:07:09 PM||
U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed integrated voice communications systems (IVCS) for Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers. They found their solution from DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. in Kanata, Ontario.
|8/3/2015 5:28:50 PM||
NASA its industry partner, DRS Technologies, have created the world's first photon-counting detector.
|7/16/2015 3:19:49 PM||
CNAS is an important and influential policy think-tank. It engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. The organization informs and prepares the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
|6/10/2015 2:06:33 PM||
Joining former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis, Lynn identifies the latest trends in technology, highlighting their disruptive effects. Then, he discusses a solution: a more global defense industry with broader technology investment.
|7/16/2015 3:16:14 PM||
As the defense industry enters a new era defined by rapid globalization, DRS and other U.S.-based companies within the industry must adapt to the rapid change surrounding us. That has been a key message CEO Bill Lynn has been preaching to industry and government leaders in recent months.
|8/3/2015 5:43:51 PM||
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|7/16/2015 3:11:13 PM||
Lynn highlights importance of removing barriers to entry into the defense industry to improve innovation
The Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions process has been called outdated, under-resourced, and unnecessarily confusing–among other things. Removing barriers to entry in order to foster innovation, as well as specialized approaches like expediting procedures related to information technology are seen as key issues in the time ahead.
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|8/3/2015 8:35:47 PM||
It’s one of Okaloosa County’s oldest defense contractors, but it has both feet firmly planted in the future as it works on the highly advanced combat training system for the high-tech F-35.
|8/3/2015 8:28:55 PM||
OTO Melara is pitching its 76 mm gun as a longer-range, cost efficient alternative to the legacy 57 mm system that is currently planned to arm the Navy's future frigate.
|7/21/2015 8:27:23 PM||
Bill Lynn has again joined up with the Washington, DC-based think-tank the Center for New American Security (CNAS) in a new study to examine how the U.S. military can keep its technological edge, preventing rising global powers from possessing weapons that could dominate the U.S. in the future.
|7/16/2015 3:04:11 PM||
As many of you know, our CEO Bill Lynn has been an industry leader on the issue of globalization in the defense industry. In the November/December 2014 Foreign Affairs publication, Bill has written and article entitled, “The End of the Military-Industrial Complex” where he examines the defense industry as it enters a new era defined by rapid globalization.
|6/10/2015 1:54:25 PM||
In the November/December 2014 Foreign Affairs publication, DRS CEO Bill Lynn examines the defense industry as it enters a new era — one defined by rapid globalization that marks a sea of change for the U.S. defense industrial base.
|7/16/2015 3:00:05 PM|
|6/10/2015 2:00:35 PM||
Highlighting the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) report Creative Disruption, Lynn elaborates on the future of the defense industry, noting that globalization has affected the industry much like many others. In a rapidly growing age of technology, it only makes sense for the Pentagon to become an importer rather than an exporter of global innovation.
|6/10/2015 1:34:21 PM||
Joining the CSIS annual Global Security Forum on the current defense budget and other strategic dynamics, Bill speaks on how the defense industry can help encourage a more global defense marketplace.
|7/16/2015 2:57:12 PM||
Bill Lynn Talks Globalization of the Defense Industry at Atlantic Council's Captains of Industry Event
How should the defense industry adjust to greater economic globalization, with novel regional and functional challenges? How is the private sector going to manage decreasing national defense budgets while maintaining high levels of innovation, research, and development?
|7/16/2015 2:53:27 PM||
DRS Technologies and Finmeccanica North America CEO Bill Lynn joined Vago Muradian on his television program, Defense News with Vago Muradian, this month to discuss globalization and the defense industry, an issue that has been receiving a significant amount of attention recently.
|7/16/2015 2:45:14 PM||
Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies CEO Bill Lynn joined former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Adm. (Ret.) James Stavridis at the 2014 Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Annual Conference to discuss globalization of the defense industry.
|6/10/2015 2:59:49 PM||
Roger Sexauer, president of the DRS Maritime, Combat and Support Systems group joined Vago Muradian to cover the Navy League’s Sea, Air and Space show. Highlighted DRS naval programs included Hybrid Electric Drive, Deployable Flight Data Recorders and OTO Melara’s 76 mm gun proposal for LCS.
|7/16/2015 2:31:50 PM||
Roger Sexauer, president of DRS’s Maritime, Combat and Support Systems Group, appears on Defense News TV
Roger Sexauer, president of DRS’s Maritime, Combat and Support Systems Group appears on Defense News with Vago Muradian’s coverage of the Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space show on April 9, 2014.
|6/10/2015 3:02:17 PM||
Outlining the changing nature of warfare today, including threats such as cyberterrorism and asymmetric warfare, Bill Lynn encourages globalization in the defense industry, the commercialization of technology and using current strengths to build future strengths.
|6/10/2015 2:34:54 PM||
Convening with leading national security officials, industry experts and journalists, Lynn leverages his CyberCommand experience to provide a realistic simulation of a very real threat. “Something like this will happen,” as threats continue to escalate in severity, Lynn confidently reminds us all.
|6/10/2015 3:13:04 PM||
A number of prominent government and corporate speakers joined Bill at the Center for Strategic and International Studies forum to discuss and debate ideas for creating a more effective government. In his keynote address, Lynn compares the government to a massive corporation, identifying the unique challenges that positive change encounters in the face of such a large and defined entity.
|6/10/2015 2:30:21 PM||
On this local Washington, DC news program, filmed at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) trade show, Lynn discussed the impact that globalization has on the defense industry and international companies like Finmeccanica and DRS. Based on his analysis, he presented new methods with which DRS can help meet the Army’s needs, both today and tomorrow.
|6/10/2015 2:38:50 PM||
The United States must maintain stronger partnerships, both within the private sector and with our global allies. According to Bill, this is the only way to maintain technological superiority in a world that hinges on the latest technology, and to help protect against the increasing threat level of cyberterrorism.
|7/16/2015 3:08:05 PM||
As part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) 2014 Global Security Form, Bill Lynn sat down with CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group director Andrew Hunter for an interview to discuss how the ongoing effects of globalization and commercialization in industry require changes in the Pentagon-defense industry relationship.