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May 5, 2014

Headlines May 5, 2014

News:

DOD personnel costs could force program cuts -

The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.

 

Business:

With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes -

A series of aggressive moves from two major space companies in the past two weeks is a sign that the military space launch sector is ripe for change, according to analysts and former US Defense Department officials.

Production standard AH-6i Little Bird makes maiden flight -

The first production standard Boeing AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has made its maiden flight, the company announced May 1. 

Navy looking for fresh thinking on future warships -

It took the Navy more than 10 years to design and start building its littoral combat ships. The warship that would succeed the LCS — dubbed “small surface combatant” — might be in the fleet within just five years. 

Mississippi-built Fire Scout aircraft on Navy’s cutting block -

President Barack Obama’s proposed 2015 budget drops funding for purchases of the Navy’s unmanned, rotary-winged Fire Scout aircraft, which takes off and lands from ships and is being built in Moss Point, Miss.

U.S. contractors scale up search for Heartbleed-like flaws -

Across the U.S., a new league of defense contractors is mining the foundation of the Internet for glitches that can be turned to the country’s strategic advantage. They’re part of a cybermilitary industrial complex that’s grown up in more than a dozen states and employs thousands of civilians, according to 15 people who work for contractors and the government. The projects are so sensitive their funding is classified, and so extensive a bid to curb their scope will be resisted not only by intelligence agencies but also the world’s largest military supply chain.

Defense industry eyes growth in Middle East -

Nearly $100 billion in defense sales are up for grabs in the Middle East and North Africa through 2019, along with tens of billions of dollars in services and support contracts, according to new estimates by the consulting firm Avascent. The region’s largest spenders are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq and Algeria. 

Japan prepares to enter arms market -

Keenly aware of the trouble that came with ambitious generals and an expanding munitions industry, the Japanese government has long banned most weapons exports. That policy helped buttress Japan’s pacifism, but it also hindered the growth of the country’s defense industry. 

U.K. carrier preps for launch in July -

Within sight of one of the crowning engineering achievements of Queen Victoria’s reign, Britain’s naval shipbuilding industry is counting down to the launch of a new aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy named after the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

A400M: The horror, the horror -

Multinational defense programs in the West have become “a horror” for industry, and Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said April 30 that he will not allow his company to repeat the experience of the beleaguered A400M in his tenure.

 

Defense:

HASC throws General Dynamics little bone On AMPV -

A House Armed Services subcommittee passed its markup of its part of the annual defense bill that would — among many other things — freeze some funding for the Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Program. AMPV is the service’s biggest weapons program left standing after sequestration’s budget cuts, and contractor General Dynamics had protested the competition was unfair and pledged to take its case to Congress. 

LCS will miss world’s largest naval exercise -

It’s the biggest naval exercise in the world, and it happens only every other year. This summer, nearly 50 ships from at least 16 navies will gather at Pearl Harbor for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, hosted by the U.S. Navy.

Navy aircraft grounded: Air boss orders ‘pause’ after latest crash -

The aviation Navy’s boss grounded all planes and squadrons except those deployed or underway May 2, labeling it an hours-long “tactical pause” that comes one day after the latest mishap, when a T-34C trainer crashed into the ocean off the coast of Texas.

U.S. Navy to equip MQ-8C UAV for electronic warfare -

The U.S. Navy plans to equip the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle with an electronic warfare capability through the development of a new external pod, the Department of Defense disclosed May 1. 

V-22s, other Marine aircraft need battle networks -

When Americans were threatened during the civil war in South Sudan, Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys flew a Marine response force from Spain to Djibouti in a non-stop flight of 3,200 nautical miles – the distance from Alaska to Florida. That’s an extraordinary feat for an aircraft that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter.

 

Viewpoint:

The Comanche and the Albatross -

At the heart of any JSF discussion lies the belief that the program cannot be cancelled – that any attempt is doomed to failure because of the spread of the program structure in the United States and internationally. Despite any great unwillingness to end the program, doing so is certainly not impossible. Clearly, the army’s experience with the Comanche is instructive.




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