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November 1, 2013

Headlines November 1, 2013

News:

U.S. Navy cancels notice on possible F/A-18 fighter jet order -

The U.S. Navy Oct. 31 canceled a notice about a possible order of up to 36 more Boeing F/A-18 fighter jets or EA-18G electronic warfare planes after a posting on a federal procurement website sparked confusion this week.

 

Business:

Israel to buy six V-22 Ospreys from U.S. in first sale -

The United States will sell Israel six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft made by Boeing and Textron, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Honeywell seeing ‘real’ growth in Asia -

Mark Burgess, a senior director at Honeywell Aerospace, talks about the company’s business outlook and strategy in Asia.

Report: Lockheed Martin developing ‘Son of Blackbird’ -

Aviation Week has a great scoop today about what could be a major addition to the Air Force’s fleet: the successor to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird.

 

Defense:

Pentagon manual: White, Christian heterosexual males have unfair advantages -

A healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian man has unfair advantages over other soldiers, according to a training manual approved by the Pentagon.

Hagel orders same-sex benefits for all National Guards -

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the National Guards in all states to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

Navy’s newest unmanned helo makes first flight -

The MQ-8C Fire Scout — an unmanned helicopter that’s larger and faster than the MQ-8Bs already in use by the Navy — made its first flight Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., staying airborne for seven minutes.

Procurement cuts put programs under scrutiny -

Vendors large and small have used the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention for the past decade to showcase emerging technology to an Army that looked to equip its troops with the best that money could buy. But purchases are dwindling as the coffers run dry.

Pentagon’s five-year plan months away, comptroller says -

The Pentagon’s five-year spending plan, a blueprint awaited by contractors in a time of budget cuts, probably won’t be produced until late December, according to the Defense Department’s comptroller.

 

Veterans:

Trail therapy: Vets find peace ‘walking off war’ on epic Appalachian hike -

You can try alcohol or drugs — prescription or otherwise — to quell your feelings and tame your nightmares, or retreat to a dark basement and live like a recluse to cope. A shocking number have taken their lives.

 

Space:

Mars One to launch first test mission -

Mars One will launch its first unmanned mission to the Red Planet in 2016, its co-founder says. The firm plans to establish a human settlement on Martian soil in 2023, by offering passengers a one-way ticket.

Early moon may have been magma ‘mush’ for hundreds of millions of years -

The young moon may have been a magma “mush” for hundreds of millions of years before it solidified, a scientist says.

Hybrid solar eclipse 2013: How to see rare celestial sight Nov. 3 -

Nov. 3 skywatchers will be treated to the last solar eclipse of 2013. The hybrid solar eclipse will follow a path across the Atlantic Ocean and over Africa. In North America, the eclipse will be visible only to observers on the East Coast.

 

International:

Kerry praises international weapons inspectors for quick work in Syria -

Secretary of State John F. Kerry lauded international weapons inspectors Oct. 31 for working “with unprecedented speed” toward eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons stocks in accordance with the recent pressure put on Syria by the U.S., Russia and other permanent members of the U.N. Securtiy Council to destroy the weapons.

Iraqi premier asks U.S. for arms, intel to battle al Qaeda -

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged the U.S. Oct to 31 provide his government with counterterrorism aid, including intelligence sharing, to help it tackle a rising tide of al Qaeda-inspired violence.

Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S. -

Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.

United Kingdom: Cuts are hitting forces’ morale, minister admits -

Lord Astor of Hever said that ministers have “work to do” to address unhappiness among military personnel. “It would be wrong of me not to admit that headcount reductions and pay restraint have impacted adversely on morale,” Lord Astor said, speaking in the House of Lords.




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Courtesy graphic

Lockheed Martin conducts flight tests of aircraft laser turret for DARPA

AFRL photograph The Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control turret that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed initial flight testing. T...
 

 

Lockheed Martin advances live, virtual, constructive training in flight test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jvXmOW8L3mU Lockheed Martin successfully tested a new solution for integrated live, virtual and constructive training during a flight demonstration at the company’s Aeronautics facility in Fort Worth, Texas. During the flight test, a pilot flying in a live F-16 engaged in a synthetic training exercise with a pilot flying as wing...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity n...
 
 

Raytheon begins full rate production on TALON Laser Guided Rockets

Under a $117 million contract awarded to Raytheon, Raytheon Missile Systems has begun production of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. In 2013, the Armed Forces General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates awarded Tawazun a contract to procure the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. “Full rate production of the TALON LGR is a significant milestone for...
 




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