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March 31, 2014

Headlines March 31, 2014

News:

North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed sea border -

North Korea conducted extensive live-fire military drills off its southern coast March 31, some of its artillery shells falling south of the disputed sea border with South Korea, in a military provocation that came a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests.

 

Business:

Lockheed says wins first production order for new PAC-3 missiles -

Lockheed Martin has won a U.S. Army contract worth $611 million to build 92 missiles and 50 launcher modification kits, the company’s first production contract for a new enhanced missile designed to upgrade the Patriot missile defense system. 

Qatar’s defense spending spree on display at DIMDEX -

For proof of Qatar’s military spending spree, look no further than last week’s defense expo. 

L-3 MAPPS To design IPMS for Royal Canadian Navy Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship project -

L-3 MAPPS, a division of L-3 Marine & Power Systems, announced March 27 that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to support the design activity of the Integrated Platform Management System for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new class of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships.

FIDAE: FAMAE unveils Son of the Rayo -

A new multiple launch rocket system, Sistema de Lanzamiento Multiple in Spanish, is being exhibited by Fábricas and Maestranzas del Ejército (FAMAE) at FIDAE 2014. 

FIDAE 2014: Boeing offering 80 CH-47Ds to international market -

Boeing is planning to offer refurbished U.S. Army surplus CH-47D Chinook cargo helicopters to customers across to the world, company officials announced at FIDAE 2014 in Santiago, Chile.

Saab, Pilatus to promote the PC-21 if Sweden seeks new trainer aircraft -

Saab and Pilatus Aircraft will cooperate in bidding the Swiss company’s PC-21 if the Swedish Air Force opts to replace its SK 60 trainer.

 

Defense:

Weapons spending inches upward -

The Pentagon’s five-year projections for procurement spending on its 63 major weapons programs, submitted to Congress this month, has turned more positive than last year’s spending forecast, according to an analysis of the US Defense Department’s 63 top weapons programs compiled by analytical firm VisualDoD. 

When will wartime supplemental funding end? -

Robert F. Hale, Defense Department Comptroller and chief financial officer, discusses the Overseas Contingency Operations Account. 

DOD to look at consolidating commissaries, exchanges -

Defense officials have ordered a review of options that include consolidating commissaries and exchanges, as well as having commissaries adopt an “Exchange-like business model,” according to information obtained by Military Times.

Pentagon to adapt drones for tougher aerial battles -

U.S. drones fly with virtual impunity over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, firing deadly missiles at targets with little concern the highly effective aircraft will be shot down.

More disputes likely in U.S. Army’s AMPV contest -

The first week of April will be a critical one for what has been a relatively drama-free armored vehicle program for the U.S. Army. 

Army defends move to strip Guard of Apaches -

The U.S. Army’s top leaders defended their proposal to strip the Army National Guard of its AH-64 Apaches attack helicopters as part of a cost-saving move.

2015 budget proposal shows half of plans -

The Air Force’s 2015 budget plan represents about half of what the service plans to do in terms of retiring and moving aircraft, with analysis not yet finished on what will come next and how the force structure will ultimately be balanced among active duty, Air National Guard and Reserve, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said.

Scrapping U-2 won’t save as much as touted -

Retiring all of its U-2 spy planes and replacing them with Global Hawk UAVs won’t save as much money as the U.S. Air Force had said it would, since the unmanned systems will need upgrades to handle the mission, according to experts and service data.

Budget cuts, F-35 delays eat into dwell for Marine aviation units -

Approximately seven months after wrapping up a deployment at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, members of Fighter Attack Squadron 122 found themselves back in Japan, the latest sign of the increasingly quick turnarounds being asked of F/A-18 and other aircraft squadrons across the service.

 

Veterans:

VA restores aid to homeless veterans -

The VA has reversed course in the face of complaints from community groups and a USA TODAY query and restored aid to potentially several thousand homeless veterans who otherwise could have been left on the streets.

 

Space:

U.S.-Russia relations and the International Space Station -

The current troubles with Crimea, and the souring of the relations between the United States and Russia, has led to a series of actions by NATO countries sure to drive Russia’s political reactions to ever more troubling extremes.

 

Technology:

State of global security, aerospace: The industry that’s creating future -

Mach 6 aircraft that could fly from New York to Tokyo in 90 minutes; lasers straight out of science fiction that could defend our cities; space capsules that will one day take us to asteroids, back to the moon, and to Mars. These are just a few of the breathtaking projects we’re working on in the global security and aerospace industry. Since the early days at Kitty Hawk, this industry has always been about imagining amazing possibilities and making them real. We continue to do that every day, solving some of our planet’s most confounding problems.

 

Viewpoint:

Don’t bury the Tomahawk -

When looking for new employment it is wise not to leave one job before finding a new one.  The advice applies elsewhere: security is too valuable to be vacated in favor of hope.  The Department of Defense disagrees with this common sense.  The budget that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel presented in March will end the purchase of Tomahawk Land Attack (TLAM) cruise missiles in 2016 without a replacement in clear sight. 

Chuck Hagel: The Asia pivot is still on -

Troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine’s eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii — for a meeting with defense ministers from Asia, the region the Obama administration still considers its top foreign policy priority.

Proving the mettle of the military’s Osprey -

Thirty-two years ago, the secretary of the Navy, the commandant of the Marine Corps and chief of naval operations had to decide on a replacement for the old Vietnam-era CH-46 helicopter, the heavy-lift workhorse of Navy fleet replenishment and Marine air assault.




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Headlines July 28, 2014

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Army photograph by David Vergun

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Army photograph by David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in th...
 

 

Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

The U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, with a potential value of $205 million, to continue providing mission logistics services in support of combat brigades training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. The contract covers one base year and two one-year options. Support will include the full range of mission...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech image

NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 m...
 




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