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February 10, 2014

Headlines – February 10, 2014

News:

White House pushes budget hike -

The White House and Pentagon, after weeks of back-and-forth debate, appear ready to expand the Defense Department’s budget starting in 2016. 

Iranian warships will sail to U.S. maritime borders -

Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time in a bid to send ‘a message’ to the White House. A destroyer and helicopter-carrying supply ship began their voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas and are on a three-month mission.

 

Business:

DOD skeptical of companies’ ‘rosy’ forecasts -

Defense companies are telling investors that earnings-squashing budget pressures will soon ease, but DOD sees the future a bit differently, a Pentagon official said Feb. 5. 

Boeing’s bid for price cuts seen squeezing parts makers -

Boeing is sparring with suppliers such as United Technologies Corp. as the world’s largest plane maker demands that vendors cut prices or risk losing work on new jets such as the 77X and 787 Dreamliner.

 

Defense:

GPS III launch date to slip; ‘Patience is wearing thin’ with payload maker -

The Air Force is running out of patience with Lockheed Martin and its subcontractor Exelis when it comes to developing the next-generation of navigation satellites, the head of Space Command said Feb. 7 at a Washington, D.C., breakfast.

Soldiers say Army’s battlefield intelligence network is a life-threatening disaster -

An internal memo from the U.S. command in Afghanistan says soldiers are voicing strong complaints about the Army’s battlefield intelligence network, for which Congress just slashed spending by 60 percent.

New No. 2 U.S. commander takes reins in Afghanistan -

The incoming No. 2 American commander in Afghanistan said Feb. 8 that his immediate focus is on supporting upcoming Afghan elections – not on the possibility of U.S. troops remaining after the NATO-led combat mission ends.

 

Veterans:

Doctor to release findings on toxic dust from Iraq -

There are new developments coming this week in a story CBS News has been reporting on since last spring. A mysterious lung illness is affecting veterans who were exposed to open burn pits, which the U.S. military used in Iraq and Afghanistan to torch everything from batteries to body parts. 

Legislation would put VA in baby business -

The number of veterans who have their reproductive organs damaged in combat is growing, leading a top senator to propose legislation that would make fertility care a bigger part of Veterans Affairs hospitals’ missions — including paying for surrogate pregnancies.

 

Space:

Jerry Ross, Shannon Lucid to be inducted into astronaut hall of fame -

A space walker who flew a record seven times into orbit and the first American woman to complete a long-duration space station mission will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, officials announced Feb. 7.

 

Technology:

The Pentagon’s brain implants that could reverse memory loss caused by brain damage -

A new implantable probe could reverse memory loss for the hundreds of thousands of troops who’ve suffered brain injuries since 2000. And while The Pentagon-developed project is focused on the more than 280,000 troops who could benefit from this research, seniors with dementia and athletes with brain injuries could also profit from the medical breakthrough.

 

International:

UAE, Saudi Arabia plan purchases -

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are expected to launch discussions on submarine acquisitions “in the near future,” according to an executive with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. 

Defense industry’s Team USA on the ground in Singapore -

Executives from the nation’s top military contractors and a bevy of federal government officials will be in Singapore this week in a bid to help Team USA win not gold medals but arms deals. 

Italian lawmakers consider new cuts to JSF purchase -

Eight months after the Italian parliament suspended new orders of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), members of the country’s biggest political party may try to halve the total purchase.

Europe to demonstrate space-based UAS airspace integration -

Europe’s defense and space agencies are to expand their cooperation on integrating unmanned aircraft systems into civil airspace for commercial and government missions with a second phase of a project to demonstrate that UAS can be controlled via satellite communications.




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