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September 23, 2013

Headlines September 23, 2013

Business:

Sikorsky S-97 Raider begins final assembly -

Sikorsky will begin final assembly of its S-97 Raider helicopter prototype this week, according to company officials. That puts the helicopter manufacturer, which is competing for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program, on track for a first flight at the end of 2014.

 

Defense:

No mid-October paycheck for troops if government shuts down, lawmaker says -

With one week to go before a potential partial government shutdown, a key Republican lawmaker is warning troops to be financially prepared for the possibility of not getting a mid-October paycheck.

DOD orders employees to prepare for shutdown -

The Pentagon is bracing for a government-wide shut down that would potentially force troops to work without a paycheck and send thousands of civilians home until Congress reaches a new budget agreement.

NCOs could fill officer jobs to save money -

Looking for new ways to cut costs, the Air Force may allow senior noncommissioned officers to fill jobs that are currently open only to officers, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.

 

Space:

Why space telescope mirror is most complex ever built -

“You will not be touching anything.” It is clear from the tone of the technicianís voice that this is a command, rather than a suggestion, and that it requires a response. “No,” I reply emphatically, “I will not be touching anything.”

 

International:

United Kingdom: Army proposes keeping 200 troops in Helmand after 2014 -

The proposal is the first official acknowledgment that Britain could keep forces in the province where nearly 450 troops have died in seven years of fighting. Senior commanders are concerned the fledgling Afghan army will not be ready to face the Taliban on its own by the end of next year and a total pullout from Helmand risks squandering years of hard work.

United Kingdom: Hard-up RAF flies second-hand jets in U.S. Air Force colors to save £3 million cost of repainting them in British colors -

The RAF’s new £650 milion fleet of second-hand spy planes will fly in U.S. colors because defense bosses say it is not cost effective to repaint them. Instead of the air force’s uniform light grey, the three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, which were bought from the U.S., will keep their design of a white top, black nose and grey underside.

China may be hiring hackers to access US drone technology -

The Chinese government is aggressively pursuing U.S. leadership in drone technology and even possibly enlisting hackers to access American classified information.

 




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Headlines October 22, 2014

News: Northrop challenges 3DELRR contract award - Northrop Grumman has formally issued a protest against the US Air Force’s decision to award its next-generation ground based radar to competitor Raytheon.   Business: Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties - For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate...
 
 

News Briefs October 22, 2014

Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another one during a training exercise. The F-16 crashed Oct. 20 in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, an Elk County...
 
 
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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

Courtesy photograph The current Paladin is severely under-powered and overweight so its speed of cross-country mobility is pretty restricted. The Paladin Integrated Management program is designed to address a number of these we...
 

 

ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare

The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace. “Whether we have airmen exploiting full motion video data or serving downrange in the (Central Command) area of responsibility, these individuals make up an enterprise of 30,000...
 
 

Lockheed Martin teams with Roketsan of Turkey on new standoff missile for F-35

Roketsan and Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement Oct. 22 for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II. The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather, precision air-to-surface cruise missile. The SOM-J variant is tailored for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft. The companies will...
 
 

Army Operating Concept expands definition of combined arms

The Army Operating Concept, published Oct. 7, expands the idea of joint combined-arms operations to include intergovernmental and special operations capabilities, said Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr. The new concept includes prevention and shaping operations at the strategic level across domains that include maritime, air, space and cyberspace, he said. It’s a “shift in emphasis,”...
 




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