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February 7, 2014

Headlines – February 7, 2014

News:

Defense spending after 2015: It’s anyone’s guess –

The powers-that-be must soon make a decision on how to cut military spending before sequestration returns in 2016. 

Yeager in Sacramento court as part of lawsuit –

Retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Chuck Yeager could have thought of a few other things he’d rather be doing Feb. 4, but there he was in a Sacramento courtroom defending himself in a lawsuit that’s gone to trial.

 

Business:

GAO sustains Motorola protest of $2.5 million Army contract –

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has sustained Motorola Solutions Inc.’s protest of a $2.5 million contract for a land mobile radio system for the Detroit Arsenal that had been awarded to Harris Corp., according to documents made public Feb. 5. 

Planemakers look to ink Asia deals despite emerging market worries –

Aerospace firms will finalise billions of dollars of deals at next week’s Singapore Airshow, hoping to ride out a storm in emerging markets whose prosperity is vital to their plans to keep producing record numbers of jets.

Rheinmetall, Nexter reveal long-term supply agreement for ammo components –

Nexter Munitions, part of France’s Nexter group, has placed its first order with Rheinmetall Nitrochemie under a new long-term supply agreement for ammunition components. 

Turkey government puts vehicle maker BMC up for sale –

A fund administered by the Turkish government has put the troubled armored vehicles maker BMC up for sale. 

Defense Department not comfortable if major contractors look to merge: official –

The Defense Department remains skeptical of mergers involving its major contractors, a Pentagon official said Feb. 5 

 

Defense:

Army to push for new BRAC round in 2017 –

Army officials will begin a public push for a new round of base closures that could take place as early as 2017, according to an Army spokesperson. 

Locator beacons for Air Force ejection seats failing at ‘unacceptable’ rate –

For three days, the family of Capt. Lucas Gruenther waited while rescuers searched for the F-16 pilot in the Adriatic Sea. 

Pentagon to ask for extra $4.5 billion for missile defense –

The Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra missile defense funding over the next five years as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request, say congressional sources and an expert. 

Lawmaker to Hagel: Bring back ‘unfunded priorities’ lists –

A hawkish GOP lawmaker wants the Pentagon to resuscitate annual wish lists of weapon systems and other items it cannot afford, a practice stifled by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

 

Veterans:

VA still fighting paper war –

On the battlefield, Washington is racing to equip its soldiers on the front lines with the most high-tech weapons and warplanes. But at home, the U.S. military’s system to care for veterans is only slowly emerging from the era of print files and paper clips. 

Groups: Billions more needed to address veterans’ health care, benefits issues –

The federal government will fall well short of meeting veterans’ health care and benefits needs in the coming years, several leading veterans service organizations said this week, and tens of billions of dollars in additional spending will be needed to adequately address the issue.

 

Space:

The view of Earth from Mars –

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been looking back at its home planet – and even send a picture back. The amazing image reveals the Earth and the moon in the far distance.

 

Technology:

Researchers developing laser 100,000 times more powerful than all of Earth’s power stations combined –

It will be the most powerful laser ever created, and could give researchers incredible new insights into how the cosmos was created. Called the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), it will emit 100,000 times more power than all the power stations in the world – for a tiny fraction of a second. 

DARPA wants hypersonic space drone with daily launches –

The Defense Department is attempting to develop a new unmanned spacecraft that could enter low Earth orbit faster and with more frequency than ever before.

 

International:

India, Israel to build anti-missile system –

India and Israel will jointly build an integrated anti-missile system to be deployed against Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles. 

Tight funding pushes Indian fighter buy further out –

India’s much-awaited purchase of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft for the Indian air force from French firm Dassault Aviation will be further delayed as negotiations to calculate the life-cycle cost haven’t been settled and there is no money for any new buys, Defense Minister A. K. Antony says. 

Indian MoD asks government to fast-track VIP helo replacement plans –

India’s Ministry of Defence has asked the federal government to fast-track the purchase of helicopters for VIP transport duties. The request follows its 1 January termination of the contract for 12 AgustaWestland AW101s that were intended for the role. 

Rosoboronexport to deliver 24 jet trainers to Bangladesh –

Arms exporter Rosoboronexport has signed a contract for the sale of 24 Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to Bangladesh’s Ministry of Defense, according to a late January 2014 report from Anatoly Isaikin, director general of Rosoboronexport.




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