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May 6, 2013

Headlines May 6, 2013

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Benghazi witness: US military response could have ‘scared’ off attackers, prevented mortar strike

The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.

 

Defense

U.S. Navy moves ahead on new presidential helicopter program

The U.S. navy posted the final rules for a long-delayed, multibillion dollar competition for a new fleet of presidential helicopters, saying it planned to award a contract about a year from now despite looming defense budget cuts.

Bunker-busting behemoth: Pentagon upgrades bomb with Iranian nukes in mind

The Pentagon’s biggest bunker-busting bomb has been upgraded with one task in mind: taking out suspected Iranian nuclear facilities built deep under the mountains of the Islamic Republic’s northern region.

KBR vs. Army: On largest services contract, ‘things have gotten very nasty’

Army contracting officer Robert Egan gave contractor KBR Inc. a rare ultimatum: Provide a firm, fixed price on remaining work to close out the largest government services contract in U.S. history. Or else, he added, he was finished talking.

Pentagon: Chinese government waging cyberattacks

The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing’s government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.

Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate

It’s been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost last week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually.

 

Space

Bad weather postpones Europe’s Vega rocket launch

The latest outing for Europe’s new small satellite launcher, Vega, has been postponed until an unspecified date because of bad weather conditions.

NASA chief Bolden urges Congress to fund private space taxis

American astronauts could be forced to fly on Russian spacecraft beyond 2017 if Congress continues to cut funding for private crewed vehicles, NASA chief Charles Bolden says.

 

Tech

Solar Impulse plane lands in Phoenix

A plane powered only by the Sun has completed the first leg of a journey that aims to cross the United States. Solar Impulse, as the vehicle is known, took off at dawn from San Francisco, Calif., May 3 and landed in Phoenix, Ariz., some 18 hours later.

 

International

Australia: Defense introduces a new arc for a new era

Military strategists love a neat metaphor and today’s defense white paper from the Gillard government has given us a fresh one to bandy about.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: simply a phenomenal flying machine

The smile on the face of the test pilot as he completed a successful vertical landing of Britain’s newest generation of fighter jets said it all. “This is simply a phenomenal flying machine.”

 

Viewpoint

Everywhere but in foxholes

by Jerry Boykin and Ken Allard, The Washington Times

President Obama’s supporters were outraged when the actor portraying Satan during the recent TV miniseries “The Bible” had more than a passing resemblance to Mr. Obama. Now, however, those same supporters seem determined to remove all doubt about the anti-religious bigotry underlying this administration’s every official pronouncement.

Australia: We rely on the U.S. at our peril

by Peter Hartcher,  The Sydney Morning Herald

U.S. military dominance of Asia rests on the power of its navy, and at the center/ of its navy sits the mighty aircraft carrier, the queen of the ocean. And, like a queen, each one travels with an entire court – dozens of smaller vessels, scores of aircraft and at least one submarine.

 




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Work looks to industry to maintain technology edge

In remarks at the Defense One Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work stressed the importance of engaging industry, services and the Defense Business Board in maintaining the United States’ technological edge in coming years. Work noted the challenge of balancing resources and requirements against the landscape of what...
 
 

Northrop Grumman elects corporate VP, CTO

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 20 that its board of directors has elected Patrick M. Antkowiak, corporate vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately. In this new role, Antkowiak will be responsible for developing and executing corporate technology strategy, setting technology plans and serving as primary interface with technology leaders in the customer community, with...
 
 

Northrop Grumman awarded advanced technology microwave sounder JPSS

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $121 million contract by NASA to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System. ATMS provides critical atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles to support weather forecasting. The instrument has 22 channels spanning the frequency band from 23.8 GHz to 183.3 GHz. Under...
 

 

Air Force funds research on thermal management technology for fighter aircraft

Managing heat that is generated by electronic subsystems in next-generation aircraft is a vexing challenge for aerospace system designers. In the interest of meeting this challenge, the Air Force recently provided follow-on funding for a Small Business Innovation Research effort that is identifying improved methods for heat conduction and rejection from system electronics for advanced...
 
 

VA implements second phase of Choice Card program

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 18 that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility. VA continues to focus on implementation of this new...
 
 

Headlines November 17, 2014

News: Fight over A-10 re-opens Hill, Air Force divide - After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate. Chances for sequester relief fade as...
 




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