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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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Headlines October 22, 2014

News: Northrop challenges 3DELRR contract award - Northrop Grumman has formally issued a protest against the US Air Force’s decision to award its next-generation ground based radar to competitor Raytheon.   Business: Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties - For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate...
 
 

News Briefs October 22, 2014

Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another one during a training exercise. The F-16 crashed Oct. 20 in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, an Elk County...
 
 
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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

Courtesy photograph The current Paladin is severely under-powered and overweight so its speed of cross-country mobility is pretty restricted. The Paladin Integrated Management program is designed to address a number of these we...
 

 

ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare

The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace. “Whether we have airmen exploiting full motion video data or serving downrange in the (Central Command) area of responsibility, these individuals make up an enterprise of 30,000...
 
 

Lockheed Martin teams with Roketsan of Turkey on new standoff missile for F-35

Roketsan and Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement Oct. 22 for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II. The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather, precision air-to-surface cruise missile. The SOM-J variant is tailored for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft. The companies will...
 
 

Army Operating Concept expands definition of combined arms

The Army Operating Concept, published Oct. 7, expands the idea of joint combined-arms operations to include intergovernmental and special operations capabilities, said Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr. The new concept includes prevention and shaping operations at the strategic level across domains that include maritime, air, space and cyberspace, he said. It’s a “shift in emphasis,”...
 




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