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April 14, 2014

Headlines April 14, 2014

Business:

U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down -

The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. 

Study raises red flags on California aerospace industry -

A combination of unfriendly tax policies, military budget cuts and cutthroat competition is wreaking havoc on California’s storied aerospace industry, a new study cautions. 

Much support, few facts about study to redevelop Avondale Shipyard -

The announcement that Huntington Ingalls Industries and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners have agreed to conduct a six-month study to determine a new use for Avondale Shipyard came with much fanfare Friday, but little actual information. 

U.K. may waive Rivet Joint certification requirements -

Britain may waive its normal aircraft certification process to approve Royal Air Force operation of the RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) said in its 2013 annual report. 

First look: Dassault flying formation -

Aviation Week readers have been given an exclusive first look at the formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet, filmed and photographed by two chase planes. 

Canada overhauls requirements for SAR aircraft replacement -

The Royal Canadian Air Force has jettisoned years of work on the purchase of a new fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft fleet, but insists it will be ready in the coming months to accept proposals from bidders. 

Czechs plan new light helicopter purchase -

The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) announced plans on 9 April to acquire up to 16 new light, multi-purpose helicopters between 2016 and 2020. 

Australia likely to order more F-35s -

Australia is likely to commit to buying 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings this month, setting aside the alternative of consolidating its combat aircraft squadrons on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The decision will increase the country’s total commitment to 72 F-35s and expand the Royal Australian Air Force’s fast-jet fleet, counting a separate order for 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft as additional to, not part of, the fighter force renewal. 

Turkish company hopes to build new Anka engine, win exports -

Turkish national engine specialist Tusas Turkish Engine Industries (TEI), which agreed to produce prototype engines for the country’s first indigenous UAV, has entered a partnership with GE Aviation and now anticipates export sales.

ThyssenKrupp in talks to sell Swedish naval shipyard to Saab -

ThyssenKrupp is in talks to sell its Swedish marine defense unit to Saab after failing to reach a deal with Sweden for a new generation of submarines as the country tries to protect its defense manufacturing sector.

 

Defense:

‘Modern marvel’: New U.S. Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine -

The U.S. Navy April 12 christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.

Congress takes another stab at fixing Pentagon procurement -

Congressional oversight committees have asked industry groups to help pinpoint specific trouble spots in the military procurement system. Frustrated by decades of failed reform efforts, lawmakers are taking a different tack and, instead of piling on new rules, they are first investigating why current laws and regulations have not worked as intended. They also are scrutinizing overhead costs as one of the root causes of soaring weapon prices.

Fast and light: U.S. Army overhauls its gear strategy -

The U.S. Army is putting the finishing touches on a bold new strategy for how it prepositions stocks of critical equipment around the globe, how it uses those stocks to speed deployments — and who pays for it.

Navy Leaders: Fleet size could fall to 240 ships without budget relief -

Without relief from automatic budget cuts and money from sources other than its shipbuilding account to pay for the Ohio-class Replacement program (ORP), the Navy could find itself sending only four new ships in almost all classes to the fleet sometime in the 2020s.

Railgun tests from ship set for ’16 -

The Navy will display electromagnetic railgun prototypes on the joint high speed vessel Millinocket in San Diego later this summer, and a manually loaded, single-shot live-fire demonstration aboard the vessel is scheduled for 2016.

 

Veterans:

Combat vets battle an enemy within: Addiction -

The first time Pearson Crosby went to the methadone clinic at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in early 2013, he asked his father to go with him.

Why Are So Many Older Veterans Committing Suicide? -

Nearly 70 percent of all veterans who commit suicide are age 50 or older, according to the Veterans Affairs Department. This is double the suicide rate for the same age group in the nonveteran community. 

White House unveils expanded support for military, vets’ caregivers -

The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops.

 

Space:

Space station computer outage may require spacewalk for repair -

A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay the launch of a commercial supply ship for NASA.

 

International:

Britain to outsource military buying through smaller contracts -

Britain, which failed last year to put its defense equipment buying program into private hands, plans to try again by breaking the multi-billion pound operation into smaller contracts, the government said April 10. 

NATO weighs East Europe deployments -

Interim air, land and sea deployments, a review and exercises, and an increase in the readiness level of the NATO Response Force are among the range of options that NATO’s supreme allied commander could present this month to reassure Eastern European nations amid the crisis in Ukraine.

 

Viewpoint:

Don’t chop the Air Force – Look to the Reserves -

The Air Force’s latest budget plan proposes to cut 25,000 airmen, including 21,000 from the active duty and 4,000 from the reserves. These cuts represent not only a loss to our nation from the investment in costly military training, but also an increased risk from losing the ability to ‘surge’ these skilled airmen in a future crisis. The recommendations made by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force (NCSAF) offer an alternative — and less risky — way forward. 

Our Army’s uncivil war -

After battling Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, al Qaeda, the Taliban, forest fires, hurricanes and floods, America’s Army is now fighting itself. This battle of brothers, however, is over how to downsize in the face of cuts imposed by the Obama administration.




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Headlines December 19, 2014

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News Briefs December 19, 2014

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Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts

Lockheed Martin agreed Dec. 16 to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. The tentative deal announced in federal court in Illinois’ East St. Louis averted an anticipated four-week trial in the 8-year-old...
 

 

Headlines December 17, 2014

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Headlines December 15, 2014

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News Briefs December 15, 2014

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