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May 12, 2014

Headlines May 12, 2014

News:

Marine jet crashes in Arizona desert; pilot OK -

A Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed on tribal land south of Phoenix May 9, but authorities said the pilot was able to eject safely.

Budget axe hovering over the military -

House lawmakers have rejected most of the Pentagon’s proposed cost-saving measures for next year, raising serious questions about how the military will stay under budget limits once sequestration returns in 2016. 

Trying to salvage remains of Blackwater case -

The team of FBI agents arrived in Iraq to investigate a shooting involving a private company that provided security for Americans in a war zone.

 

Business:

Judge lifts ULA injunction -

A federal judge has lifted an injunction preventing the United Launch Alliance from purchasing a Russian-made rocket engine, according to court documents. 

Companies seek new life for MRAPs overseas -

The 2014 edition of Jordan’s SOFEX show closed early due to flooding, but not before several makers of light armored vehicles unveiled new export variants.

Jordan is first importer of BAE rocket system -

The Kingdom of Jordan will become the first international customer of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rockets. 

IAI to transfer spy sat to military users -

A month after launching Israel’s newest spy satellite into space, Israel Aerospace Industries, producer of the Ofek 10 and its advanced radar-imaging payload, is poised to transfer the strategic intelligence system to military hands. 

Airbus not interested in B/E Aerospace -

European plane maker Airbus is not interested in the potential sale of all or part of seating suppliers and parts distributor B/E Aerospace, two people familiar with the matter said. 

Bombardier slumps as CSeries orders too few, too small -

Bombardier has a flight-test schedule and debut date for its newest, biggest plane. What the Cseries jet still lacks are orders and big-name airline support.

 

Defense:

Hagel unhappy with House panel’s defense budget -

The House Armed Services Committee wrote a bill that rejects many cost-savings proposals from the department, including closing excess military bases and retiring aging aircraft. 

Contractor costs must come down, U.S. Army brass says -

At a defense industry conference, several Army generals took to the podium to celebrate how modernized their fleets of ground vehicles are and to bemoan how expensive the remaining work has become.

U.S. Air Force faces more tough choices in 2016 -

Two months after offering an unusual two-tier budget projection in hopes that lawmakers would ward off future cuts, Air Force officials seem to be coming to grips that a congressional rescue isn’t coming.

If not the A-10 and U-2, what else can the Air Force cut? -

The Air Force’s plan to retire the A-10 and U-2 fleets has hit major congressional opposition that could ripple across the service and put other aircraft fleets at risk of being eliminated or downsized.

 

Veterans:

After 150 years, Arlington Cemetery still holds secrets -

Here are seven seldom-known facts about the people of Arlington National Cemetery. 

Agent Orange’s long legacy, for Vietnam and veterans -

This week’s video documentary from Retro Report, a series that re-examines major stories from the past, returns us to Vietnam and to the chemical most commonly and most notoriously used there: Agent Orange.

 

International:

Iran says it has copied U.S. drone -

Tehran said May 11 it has succeeded in copying a U.S. drone it captured in December 2011, with state television broadcasting images apparently showing the replicated aircraft.

NATO official vows support in Moldova visit -

NATO’s deputy chief vowed May 12 to strengthen the alliance’s partnership with Moldova during a visit in the former Soviet country that could inflame tensions with Moscow. 

Finland builds multiple defense partnerships with NATO, Sweden -

Finland’s surprise decision to move toward an historic defense pact with NATO is expected to volster the country’s interest in acquiring F-35 aircraft to replace the F/A-18 Hornets in 2025-30. 

Hollande says sale of warships to Russia still on ‘for now’ -

French President Francois Hollande said May 10 the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia would continue “for now” despite the West’s worsening relationship with Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

 

Space:

A space company you haven’t heard of worth billions -

You may never have heard of Sierra Nevada Corporation, but the aerospace company launches something into orbit every two to three weeks.




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Headlines July 28, 2014

News: U.S. has lost track of weapons given to Afghanistan - The United States supplied almost three quarter of a million weapons to Afghanistan’s army and police since 2004, but the military cannot track where many of those arms have gone, a new report found. Bill to improve VA has $17 billion price tag - A bipartisan...
 
 

News Briefs July 28, 2014

Marines seek authorization for dolphin deaths The Marine Corps is asking for a five-year authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training exercises at a bombing and target range. The Sun Journal of New Bern, N.C., reports that Connie Barclay of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says...
 
 
Army photograph by David Vergun

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Army photograph by David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in th...
 

 

Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

The U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, with a potential value of $205 million, to continue providing mission logistics services in support of combat brigades training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. The contract covers one base year and two one-year options. Support will include the full range of mission...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech image

NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 m...
 




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