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August 12, 2013

Headlines August 12, 2013

News

Air Force identifies airman killed in helicopter crash

The Air Force has identified an airman killed in a helicopter crash last week as TSgt. Mark A Smith. Smith, of the 33rd Rescue Squadron, was killed when his HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed Aug. 5 in Okinawa, according to a news release from the 18th Wing. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Afghans taking charge and changing names

Military announcements of deaths in Afghanistan — generally terse, bare-bones statements — have undergone a subtle change this summer, reflecting the shift to Afghans for the security of their country. The date, number of troops killed, general location and the type of attack accompany the most detailed news releases. Others merely state that a service member had been killed.

 

Business

Rockwell Collins to buy flight systems firm Arinc for $1.39 billion

Rockwell Collins Inc., a supplier of avionics and other electronic systems for commercial and military aircraft, has agreed to buy aerospace communications firm Arinc Inc. for $1.309 billion from the Carlyle Group Plc.

 

Defense

Pentagon readies sex assault rules to act before Congress

The Pentagon is preparing to issue policies aimed at curbing sexual assaults while stopping short of measures some members of Congress are seeking to impose.

Pentagon under pressure

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will be force to pick between maintaining troop levels and investing in new technology if sequestration doesn’t go away.

Army colonel: Physical strength not the end-all, be-all of combat service

An Army officer writing in a prestigious journal says the services should not overemphasize physical strength when deciding whether a woman qualifies for direct ground combat. Col. Ellen Haring, on the staff of the U.S. Army War College, says commanders need to downplay obstacle courses and judge a service member’s ability to stay calm and think quickly.

Obama will exempt military personnel if sequester continues

President Obama plans to exempt military personnel from sequestration next year if Congress does not act to cancel the automatic spending cuts, according to the White House budget office.

The ‘radical’ nuclear missile test that made history

For more than four decades it has ranked among the largest, most useful planes in the Pentagon’s arsenal, but a C-5 Galaxy has never been retired to any museum. That’s about to change.

 

Veterans

Jobs for the girls

From flying transport planes to preparing torpedoes, life for women on the Home Front during World War Two wasn’t all about cooking with coupons and dealing with the effects of relentless German bombing raids. While many did join the ARP [Air Raid Precautions] and work on the land, others became an integral part of the armed forces as these incredible snapshots from the 1940’s demonstrate.

 

Technology

Aloha from Space!

A $1 million NASA research mission is nearing completion as six crew members prepare to come back down to Earth – from the slope of a Hawaiian volcano. HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) aims to address problems that may be encountered in future space missions by simulating exploration in areas of the world similar to space environments.

 

International

United Kingdom: Defense cuts ‘weakening effect of nuclear deterrent’

Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham said cuts may leave a gap where future enemies could call Britain’s bluff, judging the United Kingdom would be unwilling to ever use a “disproportionate” nuclear response to a conventional attack. He said the nuclear deterrent was “not a substitute for conventional capabilities”, which had been badly hit by recent government cost-cutting.

Army cuts: Reservists slow to enlist, leaked memo suggests

The Army Reserve looks set to fall well short of its target for recruiting new members this year, confidential memos seen by the Sunday Times suggest. In the three months from April to June, only 367 soldiers enlisted – about a quarter of the target.




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Courtesy photograph

Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerou...
 

 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie

Off they go: Three more C-130Js delivered

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft that is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command’s ...
 
 

Northrop to provide DIRCM for Canadian Chinook fleet

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Canadian Air Force to provide infrared missile protection on its fleet of CH-147F Chinooks. “Battle-tested in the harshest conditions and in use around the world, Northrop Grumman’s infrared countermeasure systems have been protecting warfighters for more than 50 years,” said Carl Smith, vice president, infrared countermeasures, ...
 
 

UTC Aerospace awarded contract for surface ship sonar domes

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane, Indiana, to provide sonar domes for surface combat ships. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is valued at up to $39 million and covers deliveries through 2020 to the U.S. Navy and foreign military sales. In addition to the...
 




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