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May 30, 2014

Headlines May 30, 2014

News:

Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans’ healthcare -

Eric K. Shinseki resigned May 30 as secretary of Veterans Affairs taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA healthcare system over excessive waiting times and cover ups of what he called “systemic” problems.

 

Business:

Army to seek Northrop refunds over inflated labor rates -

The U.S. Army will press Northrop Grumman for refunds after the Pentagon’s inspector general found the contractor charged the service inflated labor rates on programs to fight drug trafficking. 

Lockheed acquires space firm for $61 million -

Lockheed Martin reached an agreement to purchase the Space Operations arm of Astrotech, a move that should help the largest defense company in the world grow its launch capabilities.  

U.S. Army seeks quieter Shadow UAVs -

The U.S. Army has awarded AAI Corporation a USD7.69 million contract to reduce the audio signature of its RQ-7B Shadow V2 (RQ-7BV2) unmanned aerial vehicle, the Department of Defense disclosed May 27. 

Air Force won’t block alternate GPS III provider -

If Lockheed Martin wants to find a new source for a key component on its GPS III satellite, the US Air Force won’t stand in its way, according to the head of the service’s Space and Missile Systems Center.  

South Korea to buy Textron anti-armor weapons, U.S. says -

South Korea’s military is buying one of the top anti-armor weapons developed by the Pentagon, a Textron Inc. system designed to destroy tanks and vehicles. 

Lockheed wins Coast Guard C4ISR contract -

Lockheed Martin has received a $69 million contract to provide the C4ISR system for the U.S. Coast Guard’s seventh National Security Cutter, the USCGC Kimball.  

U.S. Navy secretary defends new warship program -

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the embattled $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program on Wednesday and said the ability to reconfigure the ships to carry out different missions would help the Navy keep pace with rapidly changing technologies.  

Consortium offers proposal if U.K. re-establishes maritime patrol requirement -

A consortium involving L-3 Communications, Selex and Ultra Electronics has thrown its hat into the ring as a bidder for a possible British government requirement to re-establish a maritime patrol aircraft capability.  

Portugal to induct Harpoon Block II for submarines in 2014 -

The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa) is planning to introduce the UGM-84 Sub-Harpoon Block II missile later this year to equip its two Type 214 (locally known as Type 209PN) Tridente-class attack submarines NRP Tridente (S 160) and NRP Arpao (S 161).  

Russia’s Rosoboronexport takes over Crimean defense exports -

Russia’s state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport has announced it is taking over the export of arms and military equipment made by defense manufacturers based in Ukraine’s Crimea, which is currently under Russian control.  

Kazakhstan to evaluate Predator XP -

Kazakhstan has signed a memorandum of understanding with US unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer General Atomics, paving the way for in-country evaluation of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Predator XP.  

Scandinavian deals could be worth more than 2 billion euros for Rheinmetall -

Two recent truck deals with Scandinavian countries could eventually be worth more than 2 billion euros (U.S. $2.72 billion) for Rheinmetall, the company says. 

CANSEC 2014: Canadian DND to publish list of 200 capabilities it will consider for procurement -

The Canadian government will release its new defense acquisition guide June 16, which will provide a look forward to military capabilities and procurement for the next 20 years.  

Omani Navy receives third Khareef corvette -

The Royal Navy of Oman May 29 received the third of three new 99-meter corvette warships from BAE systems in their naval expansion project “Khareef.” 

 

Defense:

U.S. House panel proposes $570 billion for defense; adds monies for carrier, Growlers -

U.S. House defense appropriators moved one step closer May 29 to approving $570.4 billion in base and war spending for the Pentagon, including funds for an 11th aircraft carrier and electronic-attack planes.  

Ford-class carriers sport new radars to deflect threats -

When the next-generation aircraft carrier CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford takes to the seas later this decade, it will face one of the most dangerous threats to the U.S. maritime military behemoth-the Chinese DF-21 anti-ship ballistic missile. 

NAVSEA: Affordability prompted second look at LX(R) -

The Navy’s second look at the requirements and design of its next amphibious warship is walking the line between capability and affordability, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command told reporters May 29 at NAVSEA’s temporary headquarters. 

 

Veterans:

How the VA developed its culture of cover ups -

About two years ago, Brian Turner took a job as a scheduling clerk at a Veterans Affairs health clinic in Austin. A few weeks later, he said, a supervisor came by to instruct him how to cook the books. 

Bill passes to reestablish Gulf War board’s autonomy -

A House bill that passed May 28 will restore autonomy to a Gulf War illness board that had been stripped away by the Deparment of Veterans Affairs earlier this year.  

Dems to push funding for more VA hospitals -

Senate Democratic leaders are planning a two-pronged legislative response to the scandal embroiling the Veterans Affairs Department, which has become an issue in several Senate races.




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