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April 23, 2014

Headlines April 23, 2014

News:

U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia -

After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said. 

Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea -

U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Easter Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last month.

 

Business:

Australia orders 58 F-35 Lockheed Martin stealth fighters -

Australia will order 58 more F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin for A$12.4 billion ($11.61 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott said April 22, a purchase that will raise its air combat power to among the world’s most advanced. 

QinetiQ to sell U.S. services division -

QinetiQ has agreed to sell its U.S. services division to the SI Organisation in a deal that could net the British defense technology company up to $215 million. 

Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous failure -

The last time the Pentagon tried to upgrade the president’s coolest ride — the fleet of helicopters that drop him at his doorstep on the South Lawn of the White House — it didn’t go well. Costs doubled. Delays sparked ridicule, then outrage. And President Obama, then just a few weeks in office, said it was “an example of the procurement process gone amok” before defense officials killed the program outright.

Export controls threaten U.S. edge in foreign UAV markets -

An Obama administration effort to relax strictures on selling less-sensitive military hardware to foreign countries virtually ignored the red tape unmanned aircraft manufacturers must navigate when marketing their products overseas.

HGH Infrared reveals details on new wide area surveillance system -

HGH Infrared Systems will launch a wide area surveillance system with higher resolution known as the Spynel-X 8000 at Euronaval 2014.

 

Defense:

Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with ‘full-time’ robotos -

The Pentagon’s research agency tasked with developing breakthrough technologies for national security has come up with a plan for dealing with shrinking budgets: robot flight crews. 

DOD details planned cuts if budget caps remain -

The Pentagon has laid out plans for how it would cut $66 billion in procurement and research-and-development projects between 2016 and 2019 should US defense spending caps remain in place. 

Pentagon undecided on future path for space systems -

Defense officials agree that the military must change the way it buys satellites and space services. They just can’t settle on exactly how it should be done. 

Punishing Putin: Why Pentagon is cool to sanctions on Russian arms firm -

Pentagon officials are quietly resisting possible US sanctions against the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport, because it also supplies Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force.

Army Vs. National Guard: Who gets those Apache helicopters? -

For decades the National Guard has fought hard against the stereotype that it was the place to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, or that it’s a place to get college money rather than combat duty.

 

Veterans:

Less silent suffering: Veterans’ post-traumatic stress taken seriously -

Baseball stadiums are some of the few places where Navy Cmdr. Steven Dundas feels safe, where his mind is not anxiously inching toward the past and latching onto memories of children with missing body parts and the stench of burning swamp fires.

Top VA official questions use of term ‘Gulf War illness’ -

After the Institute of Medicine in March recommended using the term “Gulf War illness” to describe symptoms affecting more than 200,000 Persian Gulf War veterans, a top Veterans Affairs Department official expressed concern that such a change would imply a direct causal link between service in the 1990-’91 conflict and long-term illness.




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Headlines August 1, 2014

News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds - An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships - Four of the top...
 
 

News Briefs August 1, 2014

China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount...
 
 
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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test ...
 

 

NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract...
 
 
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Boeing, All Nippon Airways finalize order for 40 wide-body airplanes

  Boeing and All Nippon Airways July 31 finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet ren...
 
 

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production, receives $52 million award

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production. U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib’s low rate initial production phase. †Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. “The full rate production decision is the culmination ...
 




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