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August 16, 2017
 

Headlines – August 16, 2017

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Iranian drone flies too close to U.S. forces for second time in a week –
The latest incident took place in the early evening on Aug. 13, when a QOM-1 drone came within 1,000 feet of U.S. jets operating from the carrier Nimitz, Naval Forces Central Command officials said.
 
Air Force captain lands A-10 with no canopy, no gear –
Capt. Brett DeVries was 150 feet off the ground on a strafing run when the 30 mm gun of his A-10 misfired at the same moment the entire canopy of his aircraft blew off.
 
 

Business

Shipyard repays $9.2 million to U.S. government to settle overbilling –
One of the nation’s largest military shipyards is paying $9.2 million back to the federal government after a former employee alleged the Mississippi shipbuilder falsified records to maximize contracting bonuses.
 
Japan’s Defense Ministry looks to smaller firms for new SDF equipment –
The Defense Ministry is actively searching for technologies developed by small and medium-size domestic firms to use in equipment for the Self-Defense Forces, according to ministry documents obtained by Kyodo News.
 
Ukraine rocket maker denies leaking know-how to North Korea –
The head of Ukraine’s top rocket-making company on Aug. 15 rejected claims that its technologies might have been shipped to North Korea, helping the pariah nation achieve a quantum leap in its missile program.
 
Defense contractors begin early shutdown preparations –
Contractors should immediately begin communicating with their contracting officers about the impacts of a potential government shutdown this fall, former executive branch officials and industry experts warned Aug. 14.
 
Trade groups warn companies to prep for government shutdown –
Two prominent industry trade organizations are encouraging their members to start preparing for a government shutdown that could occur at the end of the fiscal year.
 
Data Link Solutions, ViaSat win more JTRS work –
Data Link Solutions and ViaSat have been awarded increased ceilings for their contracts for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS) terminals.
 
Finland buys tactical network –
Finnish firm Bittium Wireless has been awarded a Finnish military contract to provide tactical network equipment.
 
 

Defense

Marines want 50,000 more Infantry Automatic Rifles to replace M4 –
Marines are requesting 50,000 more M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles from Heckler & Koch.
 
Army is testing a new combat fitness test –
The jury is most definitely in: The Army Physical Fitness Test, for all its simplicity and efficiency, does not measure how well a soldier will perform under fire.
 
Meet Navy ships named in honor of the Confederacy –
As debate rages and turns bloody in Charlottesville and elsewhere regarding the place that monuments to the slave-holding Confederacy should have in 21st century America, the guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville steams along as part of Pacific Fleet.
 
 

Veterans

WWII Marine vet returns dead Japanese soldier’s flag –
Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them.
 
Two months in, questions still surround Trump’s promised hotline for vets’ complaints –
Veterans Affairs officials announced late last week that a full roll out of the White House VA Hotline won’t happen for another two months, as officials continue to work through staffing and operations issues.




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Headlines – December 8, 2017

News Air Force shoots down possibility of enlisted combat pilots – Despite an email to airmen that discussed the potential for enlisted members to fly combat aircraft, the Air Force is now insisting that it is focused solely on studying how airmen learn.   An Afghan fight the U.S. is winning – The Special Forces...
 
 

News Briefs – December 11, 2017

U.S. Navy prepares to comb sea bed for crashed plane, sailors The U.S. Navy said it will deploy deep water salvage experts to search for a transport aircraft that crashed in the western Pacific last month, killing three sailors. The C-2A Greyhound aircraft was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed...
 
 
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US Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says secretary of the Army

Army photograph Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper speaks before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dec. 7, 2017. The new U.S. Army Futures Command with its eight cross-functional teams, or CFTs, will provide the unity o...