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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 December 17, 2014

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Headlines December 15, 2014

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News Briefs December 15, 2014

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Headlines December 12, 2014

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News Briefs December 12, 2014

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Headlines December 10, 2014

News: Chinese national accused of transporting U.S. Air Force program information - A Chinese national has been arrested while carrying sensitive proprietary information on titanium used in a U.S. Air Force program, most likely the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.   Business: Boeing KC-46 tanker on track...
 




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