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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 July 23, 2014

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News Briefs July 23, 2014

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Raytheon photograph

Raytheon completes key Air, Missile Defense Radar reviews

Raytheon photograph Partially-populated, full-sized Air and Missile Defense Radar array. Raytheon has completed two critical program reviews for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar, the U.S. Navy’s next generation integ...
 

 
Insitu photograph

Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned a...
 
 

NASA partners punctuate summer with spacecraft development advances

Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their† Space Act Agreements with the agency. NASA engineers and specialists continue their review of the progress as the agency and partners move...
 
 

U.S. Navy selects Northrop Grumman for ship self-defense system

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $12 million task order for a full range of engineering services to continue modernizing the Ship Self-Defense System Mark 2. The contract has a potential value of $61 million over five years, if all options are exercised. SSDS MK2 is a combat system designed for anti-air defense...
 




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