The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year, $250 million contract to continue providing Full-Motion Video (FMV) advanced analytic services, training, and intelligence production support.
“Our experts play a critical role in analyzing multiple FMV feeds to produce actionable intelligence in support of a 24/7 national security mission,” said Peder Jungck, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Intelligence Solutions business.
In addition to providing analytic mission support, it is understood that BAE Systems will stand up a new Performance Innovation Council to introduce NGA leaders to new FMV services, software, systems, platforms, and sensors developed by BAE Systems and its program team, made up of several industry leading intelligence and technology companies.
“The creation of this new council directly aligns with NGA’s Team GEOINT initiative, which encourages industry, academia, professional organizations, and foreign allies to work together and support common technical standards that will enhance intelligence sharing and collaboration”, according to a BAE Systems statement.
“Our incredibly strong team includes the world’s largest Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance businesses,” said Jungck.
“Together, we will exchange analytic best practices with our NGA leaders and provide the Agency with insights into our respective technology roadmaps to ensure our future software, platforms, and sensors are designed from the start to meet their mission needs.”

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  1. I wondered how long Brexit would take to appear as an issue….about 30 seconds. Boy there are some really worried types out there. Can’t wait for the referendum …. bring it on boys & girls…and TH.

    • I genuinely think the “Leave” campaign would win by an even larger margin in a second (unwarranted) referendum, despite the MSM pushing “PROJECT FEAR” down our throats at every turn.

      • I am not sure it would lots of people I know have changed their minds and now want to remain… However the first comment was not highlighting a brexit issue it was surely to opposite?

      • You might be right at that Steven…if you are, I would accept the result, as would the majority in this country. But another referendum on the final deal ought to be held. Given the way the electorate was deceived in 2016 and the complete [email protected] up that has been made of negotiations.

        • ….and Herodotus, what would you have negotiated because if you know the answer you still have time to ring TH or JC and let them know.
          A final referendum on what deal? Most people are saying they don’t understand this one. If “next time” the vote is to stay in are the great British electorate going to want best of three?

          • I didn’t vote for Brexit….I didn’t want Brexit…not my fault that a complete hash was made of it. What are you arguing for…saying to a man that doesn’t agree with hanging ‘what is the best way to hang someone’? I rather think that after all the debates and issues have been discussed, that the British people are in a better position to decide than they were in 2016. It would, after all, settle the issue. The question should be whether they still want Brexit or they want to remain. Forget about the crap Brexit alternatives!

          • “Better position to decide”

            All that’s changed is it’s even clearer what the attitude of both the EU and the establishment is, and that democracy in this country is f*****.

            The reasons for leaving have not. They were decided between 1973 and 2016 by people’s experiences and by the long held debates on tv, papers and up and down the land prior to the referendum.

            HMG even spelled it out with a project fear leaflet to every home.

            Current and prior PMs were on telly spelling things out.

            A government leaflet that apparently did not sway the nation yet the wailed about “lies” by leavers somehow did???

            Utterly laughable and really quite desperate stuff. Frankly.

            If there is any referendum 2 all thst should be on it are the terms of leaving. Whether to leave was already decided.

          • And to add, this deal is the WITHDRAWL agreement.

            Not trade.

            That was deliberately pushed to the right by the EU where’s the UK wanted to do that’s concurrently.

            But let’s all ignore that MSM, Remainers and Parliament.

            So a free trade deal with the EU will obviously be forthcoming, as they will lose massively, more than us, due to the 80 billion surplus.

            But people are wailing about “deals”

            We’ve not done the FT deal yet!

            This is about money, rights, and future intent. Which is only correct.

            The issues here are the Ireland border being weaponised and opposition parties MPs going against their own constituents majority vote in 200 places.

            But do keep ignoring all that won’t you.

          • Interesting how you dismiss the opinions of former Prime Ministers. I expect that they might have a slightly more informed opinion than you have. Or do you think that by repeating silly, bellicose statements that they, somehow, constitute an argument.

          • @Daniele Mandelli

            The thing is that the leave campaign was heavily based on feelings rather than facts. It was designed to stoke up peoples feelings and they used lies to help in that process. The Remain campaign on the other hand was handled so incompetently that I trained dog could have run it better. They for some reason decided to try to compete directly with leave and hence simply stated all the bad things that could happen rather than all the positives. This merely meant that the feelings that were being stoked on the leave side were enhanced.

            There would be nothing undemocratic about holding another vote after this amount of time and after all the facts (at least most of them) are now more widely understood. In fact you could argue that if the feeling of the country has changed and we now end up leaving then it would then be against the peoples will. If as most leavers claim, that the country would still vote leave then there is no harm in asking everyone just to make sure? If people still vote to leave then fine, if they vote to remain then that is what we should do. It will just be a question confirming that people really do want to leave.

            If you accepted a job and just before you signed the contract you found out that the pay was not quite what it seemed and would actually be less than your current earnings would you still sign the contract purely because that is what you said before you knew the full facts? Or would you question whether you should take the job?

            We recently went indoor skydiving. My children said they wanted to do it and we went to the centre. However just before we did it we got a chance to watch others having a go. I saw my daughter was a bit wary so I asked her if she still wanted to do it. She thought about it and she did. However it would have been wrong of me to simply force her into the chamber against her will if she had changed her mind wouldn’t it?

          • @Lee1

            Careful you’re in danger of applying logic to the Brexit debate.

            I really struggle to understanding how holding another vote can be undemocratic. Especially with the irony of Nigel Farage having said this to the mirror before the referendum:

            “In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.” [1]

            As Lee rightly says either a second vote confirms Brexiters views that there remains a majority for leave and if not then democracy has spoken.

            In the sameway that after a general election you don’t expect the opposition to not challenge the government on policy just because in that one vote they didn’t get a majority just because remain lost by 4% doesn’t mean remainers have to roll over and go quiet.

        • Is it still the Peoples Vote or did it dawn on you remainer types that it sounded to marxist to the ordinary voter in this country btw you can ram it up your rectum we had a vote leave won fair and square no rusky or bloody bus made me vote the way i did as for the former prime ministers or the Gang of Four who in their right mind would take that bunch of useless idiots seriously if they are the best you have god help you btw tell me why do you remainers love the EU so much i cannot fathom for the life of me why.

          • No Marc…that really is the problem with you lazy thinkers. You don’t really get anything. No real arguments….just abuse. Look at your post and tell me why anyone would take any notice of your insulting comments. And as for Marxist…you don’t know what you are talking about.

          • So is it a case of “Quick they agreed to leave lets do it quick so no one gets to change their mind!” Surely that is not the way adults behave? Is it harmful to ask if everyone still wants to leave? What are you frightened of?

  2. I wish BAE would team up with rolls royce and start building civilian/ millitary aeroplanes and rockets ect for space.

    And I wonder how the new satellite launch facility up near me in the highlands is getting on, I’ve not seen much in the papers despite the original proposal, I wonder when the first launch will be I have to go to that.

  3. As an outsider I don’t really understand all the fuss with Britain leaving the EU. They’ve spent a hell of a lot longer on their own then they’ve spent being part of the EU. The Brits are a proud people that have done just fine over the centuries without the rest of Europe dictating how they should live their lives and conduct their business. The EU certainly doesn’t provide any military defense of Britain since most of the countries in the EU can’t even provide for their own defense and have little to no way of coming to the aid of Britain in a time of war.

      • Flippant comments like that are everything that is wrong with this country. People who pass comments like that can’t bear to have other people disagree with them, and can’t articulate a decent conversation when debate actually rises. So they fall back on good old reliable Xenophobia and Racism. I’m not Xenophobic or Racist, and I owe not a single person in this country a damned thing. Including an explanation of why I vote how I do. I have actually EARNED my vote.

        I have fought for this county with actual blood sweat and tears, I have lost friends and colleagues so that normality can continue for the rest of the population and I have fought tooth and nail since leaving the Army to forge a career for myself in civvie street that I can now be proud of. And if I decide to use my vote to say enough, I wish to leave the EU… I’m well within my rights to do so without explaining a damned thing to do-gooding toss pots that think they are intellectually superior.

        I don’t care if GDP slumps a little, if inflation increases a little in the short term – long term I believe it is whats is best for this country. Not only for it’s economy, not everything is about money – for our pride & for our standing in the world.

        The EU is a dying beast, a sinking ship, and the only thing people can think to do is cling on to it for fear of the unknown. They’re the type of people who cower and hide when the shit hits the fan. That is NOT what this country is about or who’s backs this country was built on. We were built on explorers, inventors & pioneers and we ARE NOT done yet.

        • I am sure that you have made enormous personal contributions to this country. I also respect your right to think and vote as you please. Where in any of my contributions have I ever said that people should not have a voice. On the contrary, it’s that voice that I want to hear….do the British people still want Brexit after two and a half years of downright fudging. The majority of our MPs want to remain in the EU. Some of them want Brexit but stay in a customs union and a smaller number want a hard Brexit. Given this impasse the really democratic thing to do is hand it back to the people. As Lee1 points out above, why are some people so scared of another vote on the issue.
          By the way, if at times my comments seem flippant just look at some of the other missives on this HYS: threats of violence, public disorder…even thinly disguised death threats, personal abuse and insulting generalizations. The Queen has commanded that we all find some common ground….so lets cut out the abusive language, the threats of violence and the absurd generalizations. It would be a start at least.

          • The ‘fudging’ is as a result of the elected MP’s actively disregarding the voices of their electorate. The whole approach to Brexit has been half cocked. That does not justify a rerun of the vote, if anything it simply highlights that the voice of the common majority pales into insignificance in the face of the elite few. Nothing has changed. Brexit has been undermined intentionally at every turn by everyone with the influence to do so that wishes against it because it ruins their little gravy train.

            Final note, you’ll see I referred from highlighting you specifically and generalized with ‘they’ & ‘them’ etc in my response… That was a conscious choice. You were obviously included in that response at it was to your statement however it’s aimed mostly at the more malevolent individuals as I realist your comment carried some humour in it…

          • Fair comments Rfn_Weston. But don’t you think that a second vote (especially if goes in favour of Brexit) would bring the British people together on the issue. This is, after all, perhaps the biggest decision in terms of the future of this country we are liable to see in our lifetimes. Isn’t it beholden on us to get it right? And don’t forget that whist many people might now have reservations about Brexit, the way that the EU has behaved over the issue has hardly made them any friends. Once again, thanks for the tone of your reply!

          • I’m not so sure it would bring the country together. I think a lot of Brexiteers are worried the result may be turned on it’s head and if that were to happen then I foresee significant public outrage from the 52%… Should it reinforce the leave vote (which I’m reasonably confident it would) then I still don’ think for a second the government would let us leave on a ‘No Deal’ and would sell their souls to join the customs union etc… Based on that those of us who voted leave stand to gain nothing on a rerun, I am completely against a second vote.

  4. @Lee1 & @Robert 1, well done! Excellent contributions to the debate without resorting to personal abuse. On the point of close results on referenda, most countries (with written constitutions)demand an overwhelming majority to change constitutional issues…that is, a 66.6 % majority in favour of change. That, of course, should also apply to Scottish independence! We did achieve a 67% remain vote in 75…a true mandate if ever there was one!

  5. Rfn_Weston.
    Problem is, as has been pointed out before, that it isn’t 52% of the British people. It is 52% of those that voted; nowhere near half the British people. As far as equity is concerned, why should we be more bothered about the reaction of Brexiters if the second referendum goes ahead. What if there is a no deal Brexit….are we not to be concerned about the reaction of the Remainers. I do think that there are a lot of people relying on emotional responses to this issue. Time to take off the blinkers and dump the reactionary responses to the EU.

    • I always found the voter restrictions/selection for the referendum odd, especially when they were being set by a government and a cross-party parliament that mostly wanted remain to win. Why for instance were 16 & 17 year olds allowed to vote in the Scottish independence referendum (presumably on the basis that they were old enough to have a valid opinion and that their futures were at stake) whereas somehow that wasn’t considered the case with Brexit? Also, what about all the Brits living somewhere in the EU27? If anything they have the potential to be the most affected of all if there is a hard Brexit.

      • Agreed….for the future we really need to lay down some binding rules on referenda. Who gets to vote, what constitutes a majority; constitutional changes should require at least 67% of the vote. The use of referenda is also an issue. They should not be a cheap ploy to get around the decisions of our elected representatives; Brexiteers are a small minority in Parliament. Politicians should not use them to ‘slope shoulder’ responsibility.

        • Moving the goal line again? Constitutional issues are actually rarely done by referendum in many nations that have them. In those that do such as Switzerland or the United States they do it by two different systems neither of which Remain would like very much.
          In Switzerland a simple majority on any issue with enough signatures.
          In the US the question is State or Federal level? On the federal level number votes isn’t counted at all but number of States supporting based on their own rules,
          some would require a referendum simple majority, others by two thirds, others no referendum at all merely a vote by the legislature. On State constitutions which have more power than people Europe think it can still vary New York requires 2/3, Texas simple majority, Florida simple majority, South Carolina super majority of the legislature (though they often hold a referendum anyway to cover their ass).
          As the Swiss system would demand Brexit. While the US system you would have to identify what a State is. None of the devolved administrations would count as States in the US. They don’t have anywhere near the same powers over their own affairs. Those powers the devolved administrations have like say VAT rates they rarely use something States in the US aren’t exactly shy about using and bashing each other over the head with in competition with each other. So you likely have to go by country as some States do or electoral district (each MPs seat) and Remain would still lose and actually worse than it did.
          16 and 17yr olds voting? Now there’s an interesting question if you believe their brains are fully developed why aren’t you also agitating for a 16yr old to be fully criminally responsible and unable to access the juvenile justice system. Therefore eligible for life imprisonment. The answer? You won’t because you still think of them as children but you may gain their vote so you look past that logical inconsistency.
          On Brits living somewhere other than in the UK. Why should someone who abandoned their country and is living elsewhere have a say? If you want to live in Spain or Italy that is your choice but choices must have both benefits and consequences. “They have the potential to be most affected”, boo hoo they turned their back on their country and the social contract. So the nation has no responsibility for them.
          Why should we care about the 52% who voted? Because that was the agreement beforehand. It isn’t say the Electoral College where it was known before the election that a different standard besides number of votes (ie where the votes com from) would be used. Going back on a stated goal of the referendum and saying it doesn’t matter is a betrayal of the citizen.
          Also why should the 52 care about the 48? Majoritarian democracy exists for a reason. Mostly to prevent the rise of classism, elitism, and oligarchy. Going against the 52 for the 48 causes all of those. Because the government would be inherently saying “because I like them more that’s why.”
          “We should take the blinkers and dump reactionary responses to the EU”. You mean the blinkers that make remainers think the EU is great no matter what, along with the rather reactionary belief that if you don’t support Remain you are a racist knukle dragger.

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