November 27, 2017

Headlines – November 27, 2017


Navy identifies three sailors lost in crash in Philippine Sea –
The Navy has identified the three sailors lost in a C-2A Greyhound crash Nov. 22.
Air Force identifies pilot killed in T-38 crash near Laughlin AFB –
Officials at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, have identified the pilot who was killed in a T-38 Talon crash Nov. 20 as Capt. Paul Barbour.
Following missile deal, NATO forced to shrug off Turkey’s closer ties with Russia –
A top NATO official says the alliance has no choice but to accept for now Turkey’s decision to purchase a highly advanced missile defense system from Russia, a move that puts additional strain on an already damaged relationship with its allies.


Army’s new light tank competition kicks off –
The Army’s effort to bring a Mobile Protected Firepower capability to infantry brigade combat teams — a near-term priority laid out in the service’s combat vehicle modernization strategy — has officially kicked off with the release of a request for proposals Nov. 21.
French military services will soon have the ‘active digital map of the 21st century’ –
A five-strong consortium has won the 10-year Sysnav contract, a key element in an information system designed to provide an active digital map for the French services, Airbus Defence and Space said.
Air Force extends JSTARS fleet support partnership –
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $349.6 million Air Force contract to provide logistics for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft.
U.S. missile defense architecture upgrades will help neutralize long-range threats –
The Long Range Discrimination Radar missile defense radar has passed its critical design review.
In a blow to RTD, France selects Nexter for light multirole vehicle –
France has picked Nexter in a tender for a light multirole reconnaissance vehicle, dubbed “Light VBMR,” dealing a heavy blow to close contender Renault Trucks Defense, three executives said.


New Army tests put a tank crew in charge of a mini-formation of unmanned vehicles –
Army researchers are testing future scenarios in which a single tank crew would control not only its own tank but a drone and two other unmanned vehicles in a coordinated attack using robot systems.
Women get chance to ‘one-up’ the men in mixed infantry units –
The young Army infantry recruits lined up in full combat gear, guns at the ready. At the signal, a soldier in front kicked in the door and they burst into the room, swiveling to check around the walls for threats.
IG: Navy’s $5.7 billion electronic warfare program has ‘significant’ overruns –
The Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Program is experiencing significant cost overruns that could put the program behind schedule, a Department of Defense Inspector General report found after complaints to the IG hotline.
Navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch –
The Navy’s fast-and-maneuverable littoral combat ship was criticized for lacking enough firepower and armor to survive a maritime battle. The Navy is addressing those concerns with a new class of small-but-powerful frigates that will pack a bigger punch.
Super Cobra lands on ballfield in Maine to pick up Marine’s cellphone –
When a Marine forgot his cellphone at lunch in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Nov. 18, he did what anyone would do – called the restaurant where he left it.
Marine Light Armored Vehicles getting new anti-tank turrets –
Marine Light Armored Vehicles equipped with anti-tank weapons are getting upgraded turrets that can fire radio frequency-guided TOW missiles, officials said.


World War II vet to get Moroccan award he earned decades ago –
A 90-year-old World War II veteran is finally getting the military decoration he earned fighting a large blaze in Morocco more than 70 years ago.
To Native Americans, honoring flag might mean a different anthem –
As fierce debate rages about “taking a knee” during the national anthem to protest social injustice, Native Americans have a unique take on the issue as the ethnic group with the highest military-service rate, and an enduring regard for warriors.
Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD –
It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana.

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