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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 November 21, 2014

News: Dempsey lays groundwork for larger 2016 defense budget - The top U.S. military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.   Business: Boeing can bill $61 million that Pentagon withheld for months - The Pentagon withheld $60.5 million...
 
 

News Briefs November 21, 2014

Obama aide: U.S. should look at Ukraine military aid A senior aide of President Barack Obama says he believes the U.S. should consider giving Ukraine lethal, defensive military assistance to get Russia to think twice about its destabilizing behavior. Tony Blinken, the deputy national security adviser, cites serious violations by Russia of agreements not to...
 
 
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Two U.S. Navy ships collide in Gulf of Aden

MANAMA, Bahrain – Two U.S. Naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 20 at 5:26 a.m., GMT, with no injuries to crew members. USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided as they we...
 

 

Headlines November 17, 2014

News: Fight over A-10 re-opens Hill, Air Force divide - After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate. Chances for sequester relief fade as...
 
 

News Briefs Nov, 17, 2014

Second stealthy destroyer starting to take shape The second of three stealthy destroyers under construction in Maine is starting to take shape. The Navy says it has completed the hoisting of the 1,000-ton composite deckhouse onto the 610-foot hull of the future USS Michael Monsoor. It took four cranes to complete the job Nov. 14....
 
 

Hagel: United States needs game-changing military innovation

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Nov. 15 the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. Hagel announced...
 




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