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August 8, 2018
 

Headlines – August 8, 2018

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Mattis says peace talks with the Taliban are underway –
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Aug. 7 that peace talks are underway to end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan.
 
Mattis supportive of new combatant command for space operations –
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seems to have reversed course on his previous stance against a Space Force, telling reporters Aug. 7 that the Defense Department is supportive of establishing a new combatant command for space.
 
 

Business

Lockheed-Dynetics team, Raytheon locked in battle to build 100-kilowatt laser for U.S. Army –
Raytheon and a Lockheed Martin-Dynetics team are now locked in a head-to-head battle to build a powerful 100-kilowatt laser for the U.S. Army, pushing the envelope on directed-energy capability development.
 
JEDI cloud contract receives first protest –
Oracle has filed the first protest of the Department of Defense’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, less than two weeks after the agency issued its final request for proposals.
 
Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests rocket booster for hypersonic vehicle –
Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed two hot-fire tests of a rocket motor designed to boost an air-launched tactical glide hypersonic vehicle during its initial phase of flight.
 
Lockheed Martin claims both U.S. Air Force hypersonic programs –
The U.S. Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin to rapidly develop and field both new hypersonic missiles launched as a response to surprise developments in high-speed weapons by China and Russia, newly-released acquisition documents confirm.
 
Raytheon builds massive radar development facility complete with robotic helpers –
Raytheon has built a new massive radar development facility — complete with robotic helpers — to assemble and test its newest radars, but the facility’s design will take the company’s radar work well into the future.
 
Japan confirms development of electromagnetic railgun –
The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) released video footage on 31 July showing a small-caliber developmental electromagnetic (EM) railgun along with related support and test equipment.
 
These satellites are communicating way faster thanks to lasers –
The Aerospace Corporation announced Aug. 2 that its laser communication system had successfully transmitted data at a rate 50 times greater than the typical rate for similar communication systems.
 
 

Defense

Army uses RIMPAC to give this new task force its first real-world tryout –
After years of developing a new way to link all the services in a fight across domains, the Army put its concept into action in the first-ever field exercise testing Multi-Domain Operations.
 
AC-130 gunships are using this rifle sight to ‘zero-in’ on bad guys –
An AC-130W Stinger II, one of the newest variants of the lethal gunships known for providing a stream of accurate air-to-ground fire support, was filmed recently on a mission over Syria sporting a holographic rifle sight.
 
Air Force seeks pilots who want to fly the new KC-46 refueling tanker –
The KC-46 is (hopefully) almost here, and that means the Air Force needs pilots to fly the refueling tanker when it arrives.
 
 

Veterans

Remains of World War II flyer coming home for Nebraska burial –
A military agency says the correct remains of a Gage County, Nebraska, man who died when his aircraft was shot down during World War II are being returned home for burial.




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Headlines – January 18, 2019

News Space based interceptors, drones with lasers: the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Review wish-list revealed – The long-delayed Missile Defense Review, which will be formally introduced by President Donald Trump at the Pentagon Jan. 17, will call for research and investments to ensure America’s security for the next several decade: laser technology, the F-35 as an...
 
 

News Briefs – January 18, 2019

Food pantry opens for employees at Coast Guard Academy A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help Coast Guard and academy workers affected by the partial government shutdown. About 160 of the 260 government-funded nonessential employees at the New London, Conn.,-based academy...
 
 
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