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August 7, 2013

Headlines August 7, 2013

News:

How Buck McKeon created a global drone enterprise

A U.S. lawmaker helped create the drone industry – and has reaped the benefits. A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone’s flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties organization.

 

Business:

BAE Systems sees demand rise for hybrid electric combat vehicles

BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense company, may upgrade its CV90 armored vehicle with a hybrid electric propulsion system as armies look to cut expenses for fuel that can be many times the price paid at a civil gas station.

 

Defense:

Cuts in DOD review are too big, experts say

The cuts are simply too big. That was the key takeaway Tuesday from a discussion of the Defense Department’s Strategic Choices and Management Review, which proposes options for the various budget scenarios DOD may face as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

DOD looks for ways to scale back BAH

The Pentagon is hammering out details for potential cutbacks to Basic Allowance for Housing, a stunning change that could force nearly a million troops to pay more out-of-pocket cash for their own living expenses.

Citing tight budgets, U.S. Navy decides to scrap fire-damaged sub

The U.S. Navy said Aug. 7 it will scrap a nuclear-powered submarine damaged by an arsonist last year rather than repair it, saying the $700 million repair cost could not be justified in a time of tight budgets.

Study disputes link between combat and suicide

Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war’s effects on the psyche.

U.S. spending $772 million on aircraft Afghans ‘cannot operate or maintain’

The chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction warned in a recent audit that the Pentagon is moving forward with a $772 million purchase of aircraft that the Afghan army “cannot operate or maintain.”

 

Space:

The magnetic field of the sun is due to change its polarity before the end of 2013, reports space.com.

According to NASA-backed observatories, the event, which happens once every 11 years, will occur sometime in the next three to four months.

Pink alien planet is smallest yet photographed

Astronomers have snapped a photo of a pink alien world that’s the smallest yet exoplanet found around a star like our sun. The alien planet GJ 504b is a colder and bluer world than astronomers had anticipated and it likely has a dark magenta hue, infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii revealed.

 

Technology:

ESA study examines Skylon space plane

A consortium of companies will try to establish the business case for a reusable space plane in a new European Space Agency funded study. The concept under investigation is Skylon, a vehicle proposed by the U.K. firm Reaction Engines Ltd.

The end of flight turbulence? Laser system could soon alert pilots to air pockets BEFORE they have a chance to jostle passengers

Turbulence in clear skies has plagued pilots for decades. It’s impossible to detect and at its worst, can cause injury to passengers. But a laser system, currently undergoing trials in Germany, could one day alert pilots to turbulence before it has a chance to hit the plane.




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Headlines July 28, 2014

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Army photograph by David Vergun

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Army photograph by David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in th...
 

 

Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

The U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, with a potential value of $205 million, to continue providing mission logistics services in support of combat brigades training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. The contract covers one base year and two one-year options. Support will include the full range of mission...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech image

NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 m...
 




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