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Lockheed Martin eases up on shutdown-related layoffs

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin on Monday reduced the number of workers it planned to lay off after the Pentagon slashed the number of its workers idled by the government shutdown. Lockheed, the lead contractor for the F-35 fighter jet, said it would have to temporarily send home only 2,400 employees…

Lockheed Martin furloughs 3,000 workers due to government shutdown

US defense contractor Lockheed Martin said Friday it would put 3,000 workers on unpaid leave Monday due to the government shutdown. Lockheed said the number of employees furloughed was expected to increase weekly in the event of a prolonged shutdown. The furloughs include employees who are unable to work because…

Cyber attacks outpace global response, U.S. warns

VIENNA (Reuters) – The technical sophistication of cybercriminals is swamping the world’s ability to cope, a top U.S. official warned on Friday, demanding an accelerated cross-border campaign to combat the security threat. “Most countries don’t even have a legal framework that really governs cyber. It is such a new phenomenon in…

Terrorists planned to kill Lockheed Martin CEO as response to drone bombings

CHICAGO (AFP) – A Pakistini-based branch of Al-Qaeda was hatching a plot to kill the head of US defense group Lockheed Martin, self-confessed terrorist David Coleman Headley testified in a US court Tuesday. “There was a plan to kill him because he was making drones,” Headley testified during the Chicago…

Lockheed says it fended off ‘tenacious’ cyber attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp., the U.S. government’s top information technology provider, said on Saturday it had thwarted “a significant and tenacious attack” on its information systems network a week ago but was still working to restore employee access. No customer, program or employee personal data was compromised thanks…

Hackers penetrate U.S. defense contractors’ security networks

Reuters is reporting that unknown hackers have broken into the networks of Lockheed Martin and other major defense contractors and may have gained access to sensitive information on present and future weapons systems. Reuters had reported earlier on Friday that “Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, is experiencing a…

Wikileaks reveals extent of State Department’s involvemnt in arms sales, oil deals

By Ben Berkowitz NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Lockheed Martin wanted to sell C-130 military transport planes to the government of Chad in early 2007, the U.S. embassy in N’Djamena was ready to lend a hand. Nevermind that, by the embassy’s own reckoning, the Chadian government probably could not afford…

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