One candidate to take the U.S. House Armed Services Committee gavel next year has donated vastly more to GOP political candidates than his rivals, and sources say that gives him a major edge.
In what is likely the opening shot in a looming battle between Congress and the Army, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., has introduced a bill that would freeze the Army’s plans to transfer all of the National Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters to the active-duty force and prevent most of the proposed Guard personnel cuts.
The Senate is gearing up to vote on a bill as early as next week that would repeal the $6 billion cut to military pensions as part of a larger veterans package, according to Senate aides.
The U.S. government is making “great strides” in its drive to reform unwieldy export rules, and expects to unveil proposed changes covering exports of satellites, electronics and chemicals this year, a senior White House official said Feb. 4.
Lockheed Martin Feb. 3 launched the civil variant of its C-130J Super Hercules military transport plane, the LM-100J, saying it expected to sell about 75 of the planes to mining and energy companies, and other commercial and government customers in coming years.
Last week, Linda Hudson didn’t sound like she was one day away from retirement. Instead, speaking at a Northern Virginia Technology Council event, the outgoing BAE Systems chief executive was concerned as ever about the future of the defense industry. She called on aerospace and defense companies to create a work environment that appeals to talented science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — students.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tapped Aurora Flight Sciences to design and build an experimental VTOL aircraft.
A new short-wave infrared camera for military and civil use has been introduced by UTC Aerospace Systems into its Sensors Unlimited MiniSWIR product line.
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., an Alabama unit of the aerospace major Teledyne with operations in North America and Europe, will design and build the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter for NASA’s space launch system in a five-year $60 million dollar deal.
Medium-range ballistic missile target vehicles for use in missile defense testing are being built by L-3 Coleman under contract to the Missile Defense Agency.
Raytheon is beginning a $25.5 million third phase of a U.S. military project to improve persistent close air support of ground forces, the company announced.
The Army is assessing development plans for its battlefield intelligence network after Congress made it one of the largest budget-slashing victims in the new defense budget.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, said Feb. 4 a comprehensive veteran’s reform bill could be brought up on the Senate floor as early as Feb. 6. The bill will undo the cost-of-living adjustment cuts included in the 2013 budget agreement and will also make changes in several areas ranging from health care to Veterans Affairs efficiency to education to unemployment.
The Veterans Affairs Department doesn’t have solid controls over its own financial reporting or computer data, leading to the possibility that the agency could leak information or mistake just how much it is spending, an investigation found.
The demand for local VFW posts has dropped noticeably across the country because of demographic changes and as veterans from World War II and the Korean War have aged.
A bill that would require schools to ease in-state tuition rules for veterans — or lose eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill entirely — sailed through the House Feb. 3, with support from a broad, bipartisan majority of lawmakers.
The federal government’s move to cut its backlog of overdue compensation claims for veterans has stalled and better efforts must be made to understand what isn’t working to solve the problem, a veterans group says.
One told the story of a relationship between a puppy and the Anheuser-Busch signature Clydesdales. The other, however, looked at a celebration for an American veteran, returning home from battle. The ad, according to several veterans, tried to walk a delicate line between celebrating and pandering.
After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabriel Brown came home to an emptier life in Florida. At his sentencing for a two-week crime spree, he pleaded for clemency.
A military medal awarded to a Portland man wounded in World War I was returned to his family in Pittsfield Feb. 2.
NASA is set to give its Curiosity rover its toughest assignment yet – attempting to drive over a 1-mile high dune. Mission controllers say the route, despite the dune, is far safer.
The mysterious properties of asteroids have long confounded astronomers, despite the billions spent in research. Scientists believe they the materials deep within an asteroid’s core could help unlock the secrets to how planets, like Earth, form.
America is heading back to the moon – only this time, private firms will be footing the bill. NASA has called for partners interested in developing low cost lunar missions, which could see the lunar surface being mined.
NASA has found a unique planet which wobbles on its axis – causing weather conditions to be even more erratic than those on Earth. Astronomers were stunned to find the planet, designated Kepler-413b wobbles wildly on its spin axis, much like a child’s top.
Called the Vanishing Programmable Resources, DARPA announced the program on Jan. 28 issuing a $3.5 million award to IBM to study the possibilities of developing “strained glass substrates” that would crumble into powder on command, according to the DARPA announcement.
Britain partially lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding its Taranis unmanned combat aerial vehicle program Feb. 5 by confirming a first flight last year and releasing pictures in flight of the demonstrator.
Negotiations over the multibillion dollar deal to sell 126 Dassault Rafale jets to India have stalled, according to Indian Defence Ministry sources, who say the sticking point involves issues governing license-production of the jets at state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
After South Korea overturned its procurement agency’s choice of the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle as its air force’s next new fighter in September, and announced that it would buy the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin and sources close to the company were not shy about predicting an Asian sweep for JSF. Japan had already chosen the new U.S. fighter over the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon (the latter was also passed over by South Korea), and Singapore was expected to follow suit imminently.
Two years after Japan agreed to buy F-35 joint strike fighters to replace its 1960s-era F-4EJ Kai Phantoms, the government has yet to give more than the vaguest hints about its future fighter replacement plans as the Defense Ministry struggles with a rising tide of costs and difficulties with the troubled stealth fighter program.
Systems specialist Thales has entered talks with armored vehicle builders Nexter and Renault Trucks Defense as the three French companies seek to make a joint offer to build a new multirole combat vehicle and light tank that could be worth about €4 billion (US $5.5 billion), industry executives said.
Elbit Systems says it is delivering its new Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle to three foreign countries, as well as the Israeli military, underlining how the Jewish state’s defense industry has become one of the world’s top exporters of drones.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense has renewed a service contract with Elbit Systems to operate and maintain the Israeli Army’s growing inventory of company-built training systems through 2019.
Canada’s government announced Feb. 5 the creation of a defense procurement secretariat, along with initiatives meant to streamline the purchase of equipment for the military and Coast Guard.
French arms exports last year rose to almost €6.3 billion (US $8.6 billion), or 30 percent up from €4.8 billion in 2012, helped by sales to the Middle East, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Jan. 30.
The Canadian arm of General Dynamics and India’s privately held Samtel Avionics have agreed to co-produce digital display systems for the Indian Army and GD.
With general elections expected before May, corruption scandals over high-profile defense deals, and a deflated rupee, Defense Minister A.K. Antony, who has cultivated an image of integrity, has taken a go-slow approach on vitally needed equipment projects.
Defense companies — waging an uphill battle to drive up revenues and increase order flows — must plan for the possibility of several more years of low spending by western governments, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
In the next few months, the Pentagon plans to conduct a test of its troubled long-range missile defense system. If this test is successful, the Defense Department says it will expand the system on the West Coast by 50 percent to counter missiles from North Korea. Yet last week, for the first time, the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester suggested that in light of recent setbacks, a key part of the system should be redesigned to make it “robust against failure.”