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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 30, 2014

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News Briefs July 30, 2014

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds F-35B aircraft BF-4, piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Dan Levin, starts down the runway as part of wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards AFB, Calif. In an important program ...
 

 
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Boeing delivers first U.S. Army multiyear II configured Chinook

Boeing July 29 delivered the first multiyear II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army one month ahead of schedule. The delivery was celebrated in a ceremony at the production facility in Ridley Township, Penn. ...
 
 
Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Army photograph Tracer rounds enable the shooter to follow the projectile trajectory to make aiming corrections. However, the light emitted by these rounds also gives away the position of the shooter. Engineers at Picatinny Ars...
 
 
NASA photograph by Carla Thomas

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Katherine Lott, the recipient of the 2014 NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Armstrong center director David McBride. Flankin...
 




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