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March 26, 2014

Headlines March 24, 2014

News:

Two killed in shooting at Naval base -

A base spokeswoman says two people were killed in a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk. 

GAO questions affordability of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -

In the latest downbeat assessment of the Pentagon’s 13-year struggle to build the Joint Strike Fighter, Congress’s watchdog March 24 warned that the high-tech aircraft’s $390.4 billion total acquisition cost may not be achievable in the current budget climate.

 

Business:

U.S. set to approve international debut of F-35 fighter -

The U.S. Defense Department is poised to approve the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet in July, when the new warplane is expected to take part in two international air shows near London, according to multiple sources familiar with the issue.

Fleet modernization drives requirements across South America -

As South America continues increasing its defense expenditures, air fleet modernization is driving numerous requirements and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.

FIDAE: Airbus expands cooperation with Chile’s ENAER -

Airbus Defence and Space and Chile’s Empresa Nacional Aeronautica, the state-owned aerospace firm under Air Force administration, signed a cooperation agreement March 26 expanding their 30-year joint business arrangement for maintenance and upgrade services.

U.S. RD-180 coproduction would cost $1 billion -

Recent tensions over Russia’s move to annex Crimea have prompted some to question the reliability of U.S. access to the Russian-made RD-180 engine, which is used to power one of two rockets that loft national security payloads into orbit. 

U.S. Army delays decision on General Dynamics vehicle protest -

The U.S. Army said March 24 that it would delay until April 4 making a ruling on a protest filed by General Dynamics Corp about a new competition for armored vehicles.

 

Defense:

U.S. Army leaders push for another BRAC round -

Senior US Army leadership has doubled down on its support for another round of shuttering and shrinking domestic installations, with Army Secretary John McHugh telling a congressional committee Tuesday morning that the service could save about $1 billion a year by undertaking a new round of Base Realignment and Closure.

 

Veterans:

Some vets won’t have to report income for VA care -

Starting this month, veterans who qualify for care from the Veterans Health Administration under income thresholds will no longer need to report their income information to Veterans Affairs annually.

Relatives of Pearl Harbor victims want military to identify remains -

Bethany Glenn never met her grandfather, John C. England, a 20-year-old Navy ensign from Alhambra who perished in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

Viewpoint:

The planet’s best stealth fighter isn’t made in America -

If “fifth-generation” means more than “the ultimate driving machine,” a sixth generation will emerge. Saab—yes, that Saab—can argue that it has built the first such aircraft. The Swedish plane has got a mouthful of a name: the JAS 39E Gripen. But it could well be the future of air combat.




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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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News Briefs February 25, 2015

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News Briefs February 23, 2015

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