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May 19, 2014

Headlines May 19, 2014

News:

VA’s top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets’ care -

The Veterans Affairs Department’s top health official abruptly resigned May 16 amid the exploding scandal over delays in veterans’ care.

 

Business:

Airbus looks to overseas, cyber to grow business -

free-spending days of the mid-2000s are all but over for the defense industry. And with few new start programs coming from the Pentagon in favor of more cautious — and less expensive — modernization initiatives, defense executives have become more selective in how they plan to grow their business.

Lockheed machinists on strike at Mississippi space center -

Lockheed Martin Corp May 16 said it was disappointed that just over 100 union-represented workers at a Mississippi space center had decided to go on strike after rejecting the company’s contract offer. The company said it hoped to resolve the issue soon.

F-35B to fly at christening of Britain’s newest aircraft carrier, if weather OK -

Do not expect any official confirmation, but the British will allow Lockheed Martin’s F-35B to make its first flight outside of the United States on July 4 when the country’s newest aircraft carrier is christened by Her Majesty the Queen. 

U.K. extends Sampson radar experimental BMD research -

Building on the success of a live detect and track experiment performed in the western Pacific under the Type 45 Science and Technology program, the United Kingdom has committed further funds to explore the potential of BAE Systems’ Sampson E/F-band active array multifunction radar in a maritime ballistic missile defense role.

3-D printing companies see growing market in unmanned aircraft -

Three-D printing companies are experiencing an explosion of sales to the unmanned aircraft industry, a trend that will likely continue, industry executives said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference. 

Israel balks at German ship deal; readies international bid -

Israel is backing away from a long-anticipated ship deal with Germany after failing to secure Berlin’s commitment to share some of the costs of the estimated $500 million buy. 

Pakistan wants drones, and it doesn’t need America’s permission to get them -

Pakistan has remote-piloted aircraft. Islamabad uses surveillance drones to provide the military with a real-time picture of its restive border areas or counterterrorism operations. Pakistan unveiled two new drones in November: Burraq, named after the winged horse from the heavens that transported Islamic prophets, and Shahpar. They were developed by Pakistan’s defense industry, the government said, and would not be armed.

 

Defense:

DOD research chief: High cost of weapons threatens security -

The high cost of the U.S. Defense Department’s weapon programs threatens national security, the head of the Pentagon’s advanced research-and-development arm said.  

Old bulls could soon fight again over drone program -

(Defense News) US Sen. John McCain is poised to ignite a new — and potentially fiery — fight on Capitol Hill over whether the military or CIA should control America’s armed drone program.

GOP’s new F-35 line: Don’t burn partners U.S. will need later -

The Republican Party is trying out a new line in defense of the embattled F-35 fighter jet. It goes a little something like this: Burn Washington’s partners on the program now, and building coalitions of the willing will be harder later. 

Air Force evaluating new targeting monocle for F-22 Raptor -

The U.S. Air Force’s elite 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron recently evaluated the Thales Visionix Scorpion helmet-mounted cueing system on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., according to a senior service official.

 

Veterans:

VA healthcare scandal spotlight turns to Albuquerque -

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs Inspector General has for months been conducting an investigation into claims of secret waiting lists at the Albuquerque, N.M., VA Medical Center, well before media reports emerged in April that the practice led to the deaths of at least 40 veterans in the Phoenix, Ariz., VA health system.

 

Space:

Inmarsat’s new network delayed by Proton rocket failure -

The May 15 failure of yet another Russian Proton rocket is going to delay the roll-out of Britain’s biggest single commercial space project. London-based telecommunications company Inmarsat was due to use the vehicle to launch the second and third satellites in its $1.6 billion Global Xpress network.

 

International:

Saudi Defense leaders replaced by moderates -

Saudi Arabia’s reshuffling of its top military leadership — in which hardliners are being replaced by moderates — is just the latest in a string of changes in the kingdom’s defense posture, and comes as Saudi Arabia assures its allies that it is still strong on defense. 

Casevac, the new Osprey mission in Afghanistan -

A Marine Osprey unit here has taken on an exclusive new mission that could have far-reaching implications for the future of the military’s prized tiltrotor aircraft.




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Headlines October 1, 2014

Veterans: Substantial VA staff will face discipline - A substantial number of VA employees will face punishment for the veterans treatment scandal, the new national commander of the American Legion predicted Sept. 30, indicating that the slow pace of discipline has more to do with the hoops the department must jump through than it does a...
 
 

News Briefs October 1, 2014

Egypt president gives army control of arms imports The Egyptian president has amended a law, giving the country’s army control over weapons and ammunition imports. The Sept. 30 statement from the presidency says Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi changed articles stipulating that a permit for weapons’ imports has to be granted by the Interior Ministry, which is in...
 
 
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ATK successfully tests Orion launch abort motor igniter

NASA and ATK successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule’s Launch Abort System. Conducted at ATK’s facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step towa...
 

 
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Small UAV coalition launched to advance commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles

Leading technology companies Oct. 1 formally announced the formation of the Small UAV Coalition to help pave the way for commercial, philanthropic, and civil use of small unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States and abroad...
 
 
Navy photograph

NAWCWD manned for unmanned systems

Navy photograph A rail launch is performed during Integrator unmanned aerial vehicle testing at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division scientists, engineers, techn...
 
 
NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich

NASA employees go ‘above and beyond’

Courtesy photograph NASA Chief Scientist Albion Bowers, Christopher Miller and Nelson Brown receive the Exception Engineering Achievement Medal at Armstrong Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The prestigious award ...
 




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