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July 31, 2017
 

Headlines – July 31, 2017

News

Inside Iran’s mission to dominate Middle East –
Iran has enlisted tens of thousands of young Shiite men into an armed network that is challenging the U.S. across the Middle East. The Trump administration is not prepared.
 
 

Business

Hughes awarded DOD SATCOM contract –
Hughes has been awarded a Department of Defense contract to improve satellite communications.
 
Details of Chinese sea-skimming lethal drone prototype emerge –
Jane’s sources have shed new light on a hitherto unseen anti-ship weapon/unmanned aerial vehicle-like system – centered around a wing-in-ground-effect optimized airframe – that was initially circulated on Chinese internet discussion forums around May 2017 in a Mandarin language brochure with a redacted product designation.
 
RAF upgrading HC4 Chinooks to new HC6A standard –
The United Kingdom is upgrading its fleet of Boeing Chinook HC4 transport helicopters to bring them up to the new HC6A standard, Jane’s has learned.
 
 

Defense

White House looks at scaling back U.S. military presence in Afghanistan –
Unable to agree on a plan to help turn back Taliban advances, the White House is exploring its options.
 
EMALS works! Carrier Ford completes first flight operations –
Navy officials wasted no time putting the newly commissioned aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and her new flight deck technology to the test — putting fears to rest about the ship’s new high-tech gear’s performance.
 
New night vision means soldiers can shoot around corners –
A new night vision and weapon camera system allows shooters to fire around corners without exposing themselves and eliminates the dead time between seeing a target and firing when using night vision goggles.
 
Acting secretary: Army needs to send funding message, fix asset ‘mismatch’ –
One of the great challenges facing Army leaders is conveying the precarious situation the Army faces after years of budget sequestration, repeated continuing resolutions and 16 years of sustained combat deployments, the service’s acting secretary said this week.
 
Experts question U.S. Navy’s ideas for a new frigate –
A panel of analysts raised questions July 25 about the U.S. Navy’s recent request for information from industry on a new frigate that it wants to begin buying in fiscal year 2020.
 
KC-46 tanker completes electromagnetic tests –
The U.S. Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46A, wrapped up electromagnetic testing, putting Boeing one step closer to delivering the first aircraft, the company said July 27.
 
 

Veterans

Companies that focus on hiring vets outperform market –
A new investment fund will allow people to invest in companies with strong records in recruiting and supporting veterans, active duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists, and military families.
 
Report: Young vets are more successful than their civilian peers –
Young veterans are better educated, better paid and better off than many of their civilian peers, which researchers believe could be due to their military service.
 
House passes VA Choice funding fix in final pre-recess work –
In a final flurry of activity before their scheduled August recess, House lawmakers passed a series of veterans-themed legislation, including an emergency funding measure to keep the Veterans Affairs Choice program afloat for another six months.




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Headlines – July 16, 2018

News Chinese spy ship eyes RIMPAC – China was disinvited from the prestigious Rim of the Pacific exercise, but it has made an appearance anyway — dispatching a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, the Navy said July 12.     Business Pentagon reaches handshake deal with Lockheed on newest batch of F-35s –...
 
 

News Briefs – July 16, 2018

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in 6 days One American service member was killed in combat in eastern Afghanistan on July 12, the U.S. military said. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, of Summerville, S.C., died of wounds from enemy small arms fire. Celiz was based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah,...
 
 
Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton

Austin, Texas, to be U.S. Army Futures Command location, says Army

Austin, Texas, will be the location for the new headquarters of U.S. Army Futures Command, Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper announced July 13 at a Pentagon press briefing. Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy then e...