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October 14, 2013

Headlines October 14, 2013

News:

U.S. nears agreement with Afghanistan on troops post 2014 -

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of Defense John Kerry said they were close to completing a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

 

Business:

Boeing’s Pentagon charges questioned in audits four times -

Four times in the past four years, the Pentagon’s inspector general has found that Boeing collected excessive or unjustified payments on U.S. Defense contracts.

Boeing says furloughs possible should shutdown drag on -

Boeing said it may furlough workers at its defense, space and security unit should the U.S. government’s partial shutdown continue.

Pentagon withholds Sikorsky pay for business system flaws -

The Defense Department is withholding 5 percent of billings for a Navy helicopter contract until United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft unit fixes deficiencies with an internal business system, a Pentagon spokesman said.

 

Defense:

For civilian workers at Pentagon, it pays to work for military -

At the Pentagon, some civilians are more essential than others. Civilians in the public affairs office that supports ArmyGen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have returned from furlough during the 2-week-old partial government shutdown. But those in Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s public affairs office remain on unpaid leave, even though they perform the same duties in the same agency.

Air Force: Sequester, shutdown imperil crews, missions -

The Air Force is telling Congress that the double whammy of sequestration budget cuts and the partial government shutdown “endangers the safety of our airmen” and “unnecessarily adds risks” to everyday missions.

U.S. Army defines Christian ministry as ‘domestic hate group’ -

Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.

 

Veterans:

When veterans attack -

While veterans stormed memorials Oct. 13 with the help of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texax, and former half-term governor, best-selling author and reality television star Sarah Palin, another veteran was on the airwaves hitting Republicans — and hitting them hard — for the government shutdown.

 

Space:

Mars in 3D: Stunning images reveal red planet’s ‘Grand Canyon’ -

Stunning new images of Mars’ ‘Grand Canyon’ have been captured in 3D by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express. The deep valley, named Hebes Chasma, is a strange 196-mile scar that sits almost right in the middle of the Martian equator on the northern edge of the Valles Marineris canyon.

Toby jug nebula spotted By ESO’s ‘Very Large Telescope’ -

A telescope in Chile has snapped striking new images of an ethereal nebula 1,200 light-years from Earth with a rarely seen structure and a curious resemblance to a English toby jug.

Europe’s Mars rover put through its paces -

It is one of the most barren landscapes on the planet – a desert blasted by more radiation form the sun than almost anywhere else on the planet. Yet even here there are signs of flowing water – rocket that has been smoothed by streams and boulders that have been carried there by such flows.

 

International:

Japan ‘strikes deal to sell millions of pounds worth of machinery to the Royal Navy’ -

Japan has reportedly struck a deal to sell millions of pounds worth of machinery to the Royal Navy. Approving the move, the Japanese government said to would not violate Tokyo’s policy against arms sales.

United Kingdom: Ministry of Defence £2bn ‘cash pile’ scandal as thousands of troops sacked -

An “overzealous” austerity drive meant the Forces were missing out on vital equipment, senior military sources have told The Daily Telegraph. They have accused ministers and civil servants of failing to manage the defence budget properly after the MoD failed to spend all the money it was allocated for 2012-13.




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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

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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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