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September 25, 2013

Headlines September 25, 2013

News:

U.S. command in Afghanistan gives Army 60 days to fix or replace intel network -

The Pentagon’s main battlefield intelligence network in Afghanistan is vulnerable to hackers — both the enemy or a leaker — and the U.S. command in Kabul will cut it off from the military’s classified data files unless the Army fixes the defects within 60 days, according to an official memo obtained by The Washington Times.

U.S. moves drone fleet from Camp Lemonnier to ease Djibouti’s safety concerns -

The U.S. military has been forced to relocate a large fleet of drones from a key counterterrorism base on the Horn of Africa after a string of crashes fanned local fears that the unmanned aircraft were at risk of colliding with passenger planes, according to documents and interviews.

 

Business:

Northrop boosts spending as Congress stands by its drone -

Northrop Grumman tripled its political giving and increased spending on lobbying as it fended off Obama Administration efforts to cut spending for a version of its Global Hawk surveillance drone.

Lockheed F-35 quality failings cited by inspector general -

The Pentagon’s inspector general has flagged hundreds of deficiencies and corrective actions need for Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the military’s costliest program.

EADS seeks edge in South Korean fighter jet contest against U.S. -

European Aeronautic, Defence and Space plans to improve its bid to sell 60 Eurofighter Typhoons to South Kroea, and top Boeing and Lockheed Martin when a competition for the combat jets is reopened.

Lockheed eyes dozens of orders for F-35 jets in coming months -

Lockheed Martin, nearing completion of its 100th F-35 fighter jet, anticipates dozens of international orders or commitments for the new radar evading warplane in coming months, according to U.S. government officials and industry executives.

 

Defense:

Report calls on the Air Force to cut active duty, F-35 purchases -

A think tank’s 27-point plan to cut defense costs calls for the Air Force to move hundreds of fighters out of active duty, and slow its rate of F-35 purchases to protect other parts of the service’s fleet. And the report has a familiar signature: retired Gen. Norton Schwartz, the former Air Force chief of staff.

Army intends to tighten rules on permissible tattoos for soldiers -

The Army intends to tighten its restrictions on soldiers’ tattoos. Under a proposed rule change, new recruits would not be allowed tattoos visible below the elbow or knee or above the neckline. Current soldiers would be permitted to keep any tattoos not deemed racist, sexist or extremist.

 

Space:

Is the moon YOUNGER than we thought? -

The moon just got younger – by a few hundred million years. Scientists now claim that the moon is around 4.4 and 4.45 billion years old, rather than the 4.56 billion years previously thought.

 

Technology:

Look, no pilot! F-16 takes its first flight without a human -

The U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are a common sight above Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. But this week one roared into the sky with a major difference: there was no pilot in the cockpit. The unmanned test flight was a retired F-16 retrofitted by maker Boeing as a drone – the first time one of the jets has flown without a pilot, the company said.

 

International:

Theft of U.S. weapons in Libya involved hundreds of guns, sources say -

The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment from Libya is far worse than previously thought, Fox News has learned, with raiders swiping hundreds of weapons that are now in the hands of militia groups aligned with terror organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Delivery date for Chinese first homegrown jet airliner delayed, again, until mid-2014 -

The delivery date of China’s long-delayed first commercial jet airliner has been pushed back again, the manufacturer said Sept. 25, the latest setback for China’s ambitions to challenge market leaders Boeing and Airbus. Originally promised for 2007, the plane was most recently expected late this year, but Comac Chairman Jin Zhuanglong said it will now be ready in mid-2014.\




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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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