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May 14, 2014

Headlines May 14, 2014

News:

Russia targets space projects in response to U.S. high-tech sanctions -

Moscow will bar the US from using Russian-made rocket engines for military satellite launches and suspend the operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites in Russia, retaliating for sanctions on high-tech equipment which Washington has imposed over the Ukraine crisis.  

 

Business:

U.S. OKs nearly $1 billion deal with Iraq -

The Pentagon has cleared a nearly $1 billion package of aircraft trainers, surveillance aerostats and up-armored Humvees for the Iraqi military.  

Airbus Defense sees decreased orders like its American competitors -

The Defense and Space division grew sales by 3 percent to 2.7 billion euros, though order intake retreated by 4.3 percent to 2.07 billion. This helps make the case that some sort of restructuring of Airbus’ defense business was necessary. 

Canadian Army, Navy develop ambitious plans; Air Force fights delays -

While the Canadian Air Force struggles with a long-delayed UAV project, the Army and Navy are making steady progress in developing plans for a variety of unmanned systems.  

Billion pound contract to run MoD sites in the West -

Three huge military contracts with a combined value of around £1.1 billion have been given to two different firms, who will now take over the running of the UK Ministry of Defence’s vast land and buildings in the West.  

Nation’s biggest unmanned systems conference kicks off amid changing market -

Industry is eager for sales globally and to the civil sector, but experts predict UAS integration into the national airspace is still years away. And just as companies are facing more competition worldwide, U.S. military procurement is dropping off.  

Saab expects increased sales of unmanned underwater vehicles -

Saab’s open ambition to acquire ThyssenKrupp’s Sweden-based submarine and naval shipbuilding facilities should strengthen the strategic importance of the group’s lower-profile naval business and Underwater Security division.  

European groups vie for mine-hunting study -

Two industrial consortiums are competing for a contract worth ?10 million (US $16.9 million) to study how unmanned underwater vehicles can fight sea mines, three industry executives said.

 

Defense:

Pentagon backtracks on goals for first audit, GAO says -

The Pentagon has backtracked from a pledge to have all budgetary accounts ready by Sept. 30 for the initial step toward its first-ever full financial audit. 

Ready for retirement, can Predator find new home? -

With one military drawdown complete and another one ongoing, coinciding with severe budget constraints, the U.S. Air Force is looking to cut the number of UAV combat air patrols by almost 10 percent, or maybe more. 

 

Veterans:

Obama asked to create commission to investigate VA -

The Obama administration was asked May 13 to set up a special, bipartisan commission to investigate accumulating allegations of health care delays at VA hospitals, dozens of the cases linked to findings or allegations of patient deaths. 




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News Briefs August 18, 2014

New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq’s largest dam...
 
 

Headlines August 18, 2014

News NATO would respond militarily to Crimea-style infiltration: general If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance’s top commander said in an interview published Aug. 17. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/17/us-ukraine-crisis-breedlove-i...
 
 

U.S. Navy to test, evaluate Lockheed Martin industrial exoskeletons

Lockheed Martin has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences for the U.S. Navy to evaluate and test two FORTIS exoskeletons. This marks the first procurement of Lockheed Martin’s exoskeletons for industrial use. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The FORTIS exoskeleton is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s...
 

 

Orbital completes third cargo delivery mission to ISS

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Aug. 18 the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply...
 
 

Brown extends tax credit to Northrop Grumman

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that extends a $420 million state tax credit to aerospace giant Northrop Grumman after approving a similar deal for its competitor, Lockheed Martin. Brown’s office announced Aug. 15 that he signed SB718 by Sens. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, and Sen. Stephen Knight, R-Palmdale. It expands an aerospace tax credit...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Sean Martin

Bomber crews showcase take-off talents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8qr7ojpWg&feature=player_embedded Air Force photograph by SSgt. Sean Martin A B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines during a Minimum Interval Takeoff on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Au...
 




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