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August 16, 2013

Headlines August 16, 2013

News:

U.S.-Egypt military ties strained; Obama cancels joint maneuvers

President Obama Aug. 15 canceled joint military maneuvers between U.S. and Egyptian troops scheduled for next month as he seeks to find levers the U.S. can use to quell deadly clashes in the North African nation and force both sides back into negotiations.

States jockey to lure UAV industry

At this week’s Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual conference, the show floor was packed with UAV models, video presentations and the ubiquitous free pens.

 

Business:

Boeing asks airlines to check 787s for fire suppression flaw

Boeing has asked airlines to inspect their 787 Dreamliner jets to ensure proper configuration of fire extinguishing bottles after this week uncovering a defect it said stemmed from an error that occurred at a supplier.

Ten ways cloud Computing is revolutionizing aerospace, defense

Synchronizing new product development, supply chain, production and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul strategies across Aerospace and Defense manufacturers while reducing costs continues to make cloud platforms a viable option in A&D.

 

Defense:

Pentagon issues new regulations aimed at combating sexual assault in military

Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon Aug. 15 announced several revamped policies to prevent and prosecute sexual-assault cases, but the measures did little to satisfy some lawmakers and advocacy groups pushing for bigger changes.

Pentagon wasting $7 million on unused D.C. vehicles, watchdog says

The Pentagon is spending millions on cars, trucks and buses that are sitting unused in the nation’s capital. The agency’s internal watchdog said two-thirds of the 774 non-combat vehicles owned by four Defense Department offices in the Washington area did not meet minimum usage requirements, with 89 of the 511 being driven less than 1,000 miles in a year.

Inside the Ring: Army officer calls for purge

An active duty Army officer is urging a thorough house cleaning of Army generals and a restructuring of the service after more than a decade of leadership failures. “The U.S. Army’s generals, as a group, have lost the ability to effectively function at the high level required of those upon whom we place the responsibility for safeguarding our nation,” Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis stated in an article published online by Armed Forces Journal.

 

Veterans:

Navy vet leading legal effort for gay benefits

An 18-year Navy veteran from Norwich is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to try to persuade the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning gay marriage and extend all federal benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses.

Hey Fritz! Fancy popping over for a game of bridge?

As the centenary of the Great War approaches, so does a tide of yet more books about it — it must be the most written-about war in history. Richard van Emden is a World War I specialist who has found a niche, little explored, charting the personal contacts between Britons and Germans and their feelings about each other as the war progressed.

 

Space:

Voyager 1 has left our solar system …or HAS it?

Voyager 1 appears to have at long last left our solar system and entered interstellar space … Or has it? The spacecraft, which carries Earthly greetings on a gold plated phonograph record, has travelled farther from Earth than any other human-made object.

Cosmic pile-up between a dwarf galaxy and larger neighbour

A massive multimillion degree gas cloud has been discovered in a galaxy 60 million light years from Earth. The cloud is likely to have been caused by a huge drawn-out collision between a dwarf galaxy and a much larger galaxy – and this collision could continue for another 50 million years.

Alphasat: ‘Space A380′ switches on ‘brain’

Europe’s biggest ever telecommunications satellite has switched on its innovative British payload to begin a month of testing. Seven-meter-long Alphasat – dubbed the “A380 of space” – was launched at the end of July, and is gradually being commissioned prior to entering service.

 

Technology:

CIA lifts the lid on Area 51 for the first time EVER

For the first time ever, the United States government is acknowledging the existence of the enigmatic military base in the southern Nevada desert famously known as Area 51. But its purpose, according to recently released documents, is far less spectacular than most UFO enthusiasts would have hoped.

 

International:

As Japan marks anniversary of WWII’s end, controversy remains

In the steamy heat of mid-August, the tranquil, cherry tree-shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation. But visits by senior Japanese government officials to the shrine, whose grounds also house a war museum glorifying Japan’s wartime past, routinely anger neighboring China and South Korea, highlighting lingering resentments 68 years after the end of World War II.

NATO blow to SNP’s defense plans for independent Scotland

Senior sources confirmed that Scottish government officials were informed at NATO headquarters that countries wanting to join are not allowed to “import” existing military or territorial disputes into the alliance. But Alex Salmond has promised to force the removal of the U.K.’s Trident nuclear submarines from their Faslane base on the Clyde as soon as possible after independence.

 




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Headlines August 1, 2014

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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test ...
 

 

NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract...
 
 
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Boeing, All Nippon Airways finalize order for 40 wide-body airplanes

  Boeing and All Nippon Airways July 31 finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet ren...
 
 

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production, receives $52 million award

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production. U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib’s low rate initial production phase. †Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. “The full rate production decision is the culmination ...
 




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