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March 3, 2014

Headlines – March 3, 2014

News:

Rescuers search for fighter jet pilot after crash in Nevada -

The U.S. Navy and local authorities were searching March 2 for the pilot of an F/A-18C fighter jet that crashed during a training mission near a Nevada air base, the Navy said.

 

Business:

As Boeing, Airbus factories hum, suppliers get rattled -

The world’s largest plane makers are soaring these days, fueled by historic demand for new jets that has cranked up their factories to record speeds.

India to investigate suspected Rolls-Royce kickbacks -

India’s defense ministry said March 3 it had ordered an investigation into state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s orders from Britain’s Rolls-Royce Holdings worth at least $1.2 billion. 

Navy said to seek three littoral ships instead of four -

The U.S. Navy will request $2.1 billion to continue developing the Littoral Combat Ship and buy three of the vessels in fiscal 2015, one fewer than previously planned, according to defense officials.

In search of new sales, defense contractors embrace energy market -

As an executive at Bethesda, Md.,-based contracting giant Lockheed Martin, Dan Heller gets asked plenty: “Is Lockheed Martin now getting into energy?” 

Elbit Systems tapped for $145 Million U.S. border security program -

Israel’s Elbit Systems announced March 2 that its U.S. subsidiary won an international bid for an estimated $145 million anti-intrustion network to secure Arizona’s southern border with Mexico. 

MiG jets designer Rostislav Belyakov dies aged 94 -

The maker of MiG fighter jets says that its chief designer Rostislav Belyakov has died. He was 94. 

Saab maneuvers to buy Swedish submarine maker -

Sweden — three years after selling its national submarine-maker Kockums to Germany’s ThyssenKrupp — is now fighting to wrest control of its indigenous sub-building capability from the German giant.

 

Defense:

DOD budget faces defiant Congress -

Chuck Hagel, with his first budget plan as US defense secretary, has managed to do the unthinkable: He has united Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. In short, they hate it. 

Hawk vs. hawk on Pentagon -

Defense hawks are decrying reductions in Pentagon spending, but their budget hawk brethren see more fat to be trimmed. 

The struggle to downsize EUCOM -

As the Pentagon prepares once again to cut forces and facilities on the Continent, experts say decades of downsizing have already eliminated most of the Cold War-era fat, leaving planners with a dilemma: make minor tweaks that will offer only modest savings or carry out sweeping changes that will alter the face of the military’s presence in Europe.

U.S. transit hub in Romania fully operational -

A temporary U.S. base in Romania that will serve as the primary hub for American forces leaving Afghanistan officially reached its full operating capacity Feb. 28.

 

International:

As Poland pursues stealth jets, Eurofighter flies into picture -

Poland is scrapping previous plans to buy F-16 fighter jets in five years, but what it will buy instead is up in the air. 

Latvia to acquire armored tracked vehicles from U.K. -

Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis has signed a letter of intent with British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to buy 120 tracked armored vehicles for the Latvian armed forces.

 

Viewpoint:

Obama’s destructive plan to slash Army and National Guard budgets -

Over the past decade, the United States has leaned upon our military at a level rarely seen in our nation’s history. Years-long deployments, long-term family separations, related health issues and the frustrations of dealing with an outmatched Veterans Affairs system have been their rewards for their service.




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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

Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another one during a training exercise. The F-16 crashed Oct. 20 in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, an Elk County...
 
 
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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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