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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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Headlines August 22, 2014

News: GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.   Business: U.S. Air Force issues RFI for new rocket engine - The US Air Force is officially looking into...
 
 

News Briefs August 22, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,200 As of Aug. 20, 2014, at least 2,200 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,821 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 

Headlines August 18, 2014

News: U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says - The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Aug. 19.   Business: Fuel deals top...
 

 

News Briefs August 20, 2014

Trials complete on fourth Coast Guard cutter Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., has completed acceptance sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Hamilton. Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager, tells The Mississippi Press) the Hamilton is scheduled to be delivered next month and commissioned on Dec. 6 in Charleston, South...
 
 
Northrop Grumman image

Northrop Grumman developing XS-1 experimental spaceplane design for DARPA

Northrop Grumman image Northrop Grumman Corporation with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1, shown here in an artist’s concept. In addit...
 
 

82 F-16Ds removed from flight status due to longeron cracks

WASHINGTON – U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats. The cracks were discovered following an immediate action time compliance technical order, or TCTO, to inspect all F-16D due to initial structural...
 




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