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September 11, 2013

Headlines September 11, 2013

News:

House panel rolls out short-term 2014 CR -

A House panel introduced legislation to avert a government shutdown by funding the Pentagon and other federal agencies at fiscal 2013 levels until mid-December. With the Senate unable to pass appropriations bills, a stopgap funding measure called a continuing resolution will be needed to keep the federal government operating beyond Sept. 30.

 

Business:

Pentagon contracts little changed in August -

The U.S. Defense Department awarded $17.6 billion in contracts in August, little changed from July and one-third less than the same month a year ago. Only one award topped $1 billion in value; an extension of a current deal to upgrade electronics in U.S. weapons systems and provide other engineering services, held by seven defense contractors including Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

EADS seeks disposals more than buys in defense, space review -

European aerospace group EADS will focus more on selling assets to simplify its business than on acquisitions as it reviews its defense and space activities, the sales chief of its Cassidian defense unit said.

EADS sees simplified defense portfolio through corporate revamp -

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. will streamline its military and space product lineup as it integrates activities as part of a company revamp that will adopt the Airbus name across the group.

 

Defense:

U.S. weapons releases in Afghanistan drop dramatically -

U.S. aircraft in Afghanistan fired their weapons 158 times in August, the lowest monthly total in more than a year. The numbers were released Wednesday as part of the monthly Combined Forces Air Component Commander Airpower statistics put out by Air Forces Central Command. Among the statistics included in the report are how many sorties were flown, how many sorties saw at least one weapon release and overall number of weapon releases.

GAO: Air Force needs better analysis of new GPS sats -

The Air Force should come up with better cost estimates and options for new GPS Satellites, according to a Government Accountability Office report. The GAO was responding to an Air Force study on lower-cost space solutions for GPS. The Air Force identified nine space options ranging from $13 billion to $25 billion between 2013 and 2030, with each option based on 30 satellites instead of the current baseline of 24.

Levin confident Senate takes up NDAA before holidays -

The head of the Senate Armed Services Committee is confident the full chamber will take up a Pentagon policy bill before it heads home for the holidays. The Senate has bickered about gun control, immigration reform, its own rules, President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive-branch nominees, and failed to move spending bills. That means other legislation has remained dormant, just collecting dust as the fiscal year’s end nears.

CNO: New details on massive cuts -

With chances mounting of another budget crunch, the Navy’s top officer sharpened the service’s arguments against it in a speech last week, painting a gloomy picture of a stalled-out fleet.

Pentagon, NASA to spend $44 billion on space launches through 2018 -

The U.S. Defense Department and NASA expect to spend about $44 billion to launch government satellites and other spacecraft over the next five years, including $28 billion in procurement funding, the General Accountability Office said Sept. 9.

 

Veterans:

Eight World War II vets getting French Legion of Honor -

A soldier in the “Ghost Army” that misled and tricked the Germans and one who led months of fights behind enemy lines in Normandy are among eight World War II veterans from Louisiana who are getting the French government’s highest medal, as knights of the Legion of Honor.

 

Space:

China’s satellites have experts guessing about space program’s intentions -

A set of three mysterious satellites has experts guessing about the Chinese space program’s intentions. No one really knows what the Chinese are up to, and everything is speculation. That appears to be the consensus of space experts tracking a set of Chinese spacecraft. Some have speculated that the Chinese are testing possible anti-satellite technology, while others have described the satellites as prosaic probes meant to sharpen the country’s overall space skills.

NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope discovers 10 monster black holes -

A powerful NASA space telescope has found not one, but 10 monster black holes lurking in the hearts of distant galaxies — the first major finds for the X-ray space observatory, scientists say. The discoveries, which scientists say occurred “serendipitously,” were made as astronomers reviewed images from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), an X-ray space telescope designed specifically to hunt black holes.

‘Supermodel’ Goce satellite to fall to Earth -

The European Space Agency is preparing for the fiery fall to Earth of its Goce gravity-mapping satellite. The sleek spacecraft is flying just 224 km above the planet, but its special electric engine that maintains this altitude is about to run out of fuel.

 

Technology:

Building tomorrow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology -

Michael Janner, 17, of Redlands, Calif. received the Innovation Exploration Award at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his research on iron oxide nanocrystals. The award included a behind-the-scenes visit to the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Army scientists find ways to make body armor lighter -

Army scientists say they have pioneered a way to make body armor for soldiers that would be 10 percent lighter, but just as strong.

Thunderbird 2 is go! -

Zeppelins were once considered the future of air transport – but after the horror of the Hindenburg disaster, they disappeared from the skies for more than 75 years. Now a pioneering aviation firm hopes to bring back the airships in a bid to revolutionize the global market in transporting freight. The Aeroscraft is built using innovative technology which allows it to control its flight better than previous airships, so it should avoid the problems experienced by the first generation of zeppelins.

 

International:

Russia to renew offer to dupply S-300 missile systems to Iran -

Russian President Vladimir Putin will offer to supply Iran S-300 air defense missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, the Kommersant business daily reported Sept. 11. Putin will renew an old offer to supply Iran with five of the sophisticated ground-to-air missile systems at a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani Sept. 13, Kommersant said, quoting a souce close to the Kremlin.

U.K. may resist European Union measures to reform defense markets -

The United Kingdom might balk at European Union efforts to impose new rules on the region’s defense equipment market to protect suppliers, Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond said.

Latest defense gadgets showcased in London -

More than 1,500 international exhibitors from more than 50 countries have gathered at the Defence Security Equipment International arms fair at London’s ExCel Centre. The biennial four-day arms fair is expected to attract 30,000 visitors. Gadgets on show include a remote-controlled camera that can be released into an area for reconnaissance, without risking human life.




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