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May 7, 2014

Headlines May 7, 2014

Business:

Bomber-plane budget by U.S. Air Force projected to double -

The service’s total budget for bomber production and upgrades will jump to about $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020 from less than $5 billion for the year beginning Oct. 1, according to a Pentagon document obtained by Bloomberg News. After that, spending would remain greater than $9 billion a year before dropping to $8 billion in fiscal 2024. 

Presidential helo contract expected this week -

The contract for the next U.S. presidential helicopter will be awarded this week, perhaps as soon as the evening of May 7, according to sources. 

Army’s Humvee replacement lauded as ‘model’ acquisition program -

Three companies — Oshkosh Corp., Lockheed Martin and AM General — are competing to replace thousands of Army and Marine Corps Humvees with their version of the joint light tactical vehicle. 

Does my face look funny? Aging Tomahawk missile getting nose job -

Raytheon Missile Systems, of Tucson, Ariz., is experimenting with a variety of new high-tech sensors that could go on the nose cone of the missile. The Tomahawk was first fielded by the Pentagon in the 1970s and has since been used in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and a variety of other countries where the U.S. military wanted to strike targets at long ranges. 

U.S. clears Harpoon missile sale to Brazil -

The U.S. government cleared a $169 million sale of Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon missiles to Brazil, the Pentagon agency that coordinates foreign weapon sales said May 6. 

MUOS passes Arctic test -

Operating from an ice camp above the Arctic Circle, a Lockheed Martin team transmitted large data files from Mobile User Objective System satellites during the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Ice Exercise in March. 

Turkey to order first two F-35 fighter jets -

Turkey has decided to order two F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin, the government said May 6.

Boeing delivers second AEW&C aircraft to Turkey -

Boeing has delivered the second aerial early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to Turkey, the company announced. It said the delivery was made on schedule.

General Dynamic Canada to upgrade sonars on Portuguese frigates -

The Portuguese Navy is to modernise the AN/SQS-510 hull-mounted medium-range sonar system, equipping its three MEKO 200PN Vasco de Gama-class frigates in what is the latest in a series of incremental upgrades for the class.

 

Defense:

DOD makes last-ditch plea for compensation cuts in 2015 -

The Pentagon brass made a last stand May 6 in the months-long battle for military compensation reform, imploring senators to back plans to trim troops’ pay raises and benefits in the fiscal 2015 budget. 

Inhofe decries ‘reckless’ cuts to military compensation -

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee May 6 harshly criticized the Obama administration’s “reckless” proposals to rein in troop benefits. 

U.S. senators: No A-10 storage compromise -

A quartet of powerful U.S. senators are warning that anything less than keeping the A-10 fully active in the Air Force is unacceptable, a day after a compromise about the retirement of the plane appeared to have been floated by the House Armed Services Committee.

Army’s Odierno: Troops ‘believe’ in the A-10 -

An F-16 fighter does not provide the same kind of close air support to troops on the battlefield as the endangered A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told lawmakers May 6. 

HASC chair McKeon: Sorry, Mr. Smith, no BRAC -

Hours after the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee put out legislative language to permit a Base Reduction and Closure round, the top Republican shot him down.

 

Veterans:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he won’t resign -

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said May 6 he won’t resign, but will work to rebuild confidence after the nation’s largest veterans organization called for him to step down May 5 amid allegations of inadequate treatment of patients at some VA facilities. 

Obama backs Shinseki despite calls to resign -

President Obama is standing by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki despite two prominent veterans groups calling for his resignation, the White House said May 6.




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Headlines December 22, 2014

News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens - During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  ...
 
 

News Briefs December 22, 2014

U.K., Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Dec. 20 that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton military airbase....
 
 
Boeing photograph

Boeing, Malaysia Airlines celebrate 100th 737 delivery

Boeing photograph Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 100th 737 aircraft at an event in Seattle. Shown here Aminuddin Zakaria, senior vice president, airline engineering group, Malaysi...
 

 

Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor...
 
 

AMC relocates KC-135 simulator

As Air Mobility Command fields the KC-46A Pegasus, displaced KC-135 Stratotanker pilot simulators will be relocated across the Total Force to maximize simulator access across the mobility enterprise. As a result, AMC, in coordination with the Air National Guard, recently identified four KC-135 pilot flight simulators and one KC-135 Boom Operator Weapons System Trainer to...
 
 

SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft...
 




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