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June 16, 2014

Headlines June 16, 2014

News:

$40 billion missile defense system proves unreliable -

With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

 

Business:

RFP for U.S. bomber coming soon, Air Force’s top buyer says -

The request for proposal on the U.S. Air Force’s long range strike-bomber program will be issued soon, perhaps in a matter of days, according to the service’s top civil acquisitions official. 

U.S. orders mandatory inspections for F-35s after engine issue -

The U.S. military has ordered mandatory inspections of all Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets before further flights after a Marine Corps F-35B model suffered an in-flight emergency last week, a Pentagon spokesman said June 15.  

Army tactical radios in crosshairs after scathing review -

Army officials are defending their decision to continue buying tactical radios that soldiers have judged inadequate during recent tests. Officials contend that the problems are fixable and do not warrant termination of the program or a change in vendors.   

Solid-fuel rocket engine industrial base in danger, Navy official says -

The Navy is on track with plans to replace its Ohio-class submarines and extend the lives of its Trident D5 missiles, but a weakened solid-fuel rocket motor industrial base threatens to drive up costs for the latter program, the head of the service’s nuclear program said June 13. 

F-35 stable, but software potential long-term issue -

The F-35 program is largely on track, but software remains a concern that could lead to delays down the road, according to top Pentagon officials.  

Reduced Growler buy could force Boeing to restructure production line -

The U.S. Navy and Boeing will have to hash out a new plan to continue producing the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft if the Congress does not provide enough money to buy 22 of the planes.  

Pentagon contracts slid 29 percent in May -

Pentagon contracts fell 29 percent in May from a year earlier, the fifth drop in the past six months, in part driven by automatic U.S. budget cuts.  

Pentagon naming top suppliers -

The Pentagon is getting more serious about naming and shaming contractors when it comes to companies that officials believe are helping the Defense Department curb costs, or those that could do better.  

General Dynamics, Lockheed units praised by U.S. Navy -

Business divisions of General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are among nine recognized by the U.S. Navy as “superior suppliers.”  

India helo bid costs Finmeccanica $309 million -

Finmeccanica finds itself 228 million euros (U.S. $308.7 million) out of pocket on a canceled helicopter deal in India just as the firm’s new CEO signs his first deal – to build helicopters in China. 

Canadian naval plans lure global shipbuilders -

International shipbuilders and maritime equipment firms are expanding their presence in Canada to take advantage of an expected boom in naval contracts over the next 20 years. 

 

Defense:

Pentagon to create ‘technology offsets,’ encourage R & D spending -

Newly installed US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has launched a major push to encourage industry to invest in capabilities the Pentagon believes will give it the edge on the battlefield, Pentagon sources said. 

Navy prepares F-35C for carrier landing -

Navy test pilots are conducting numerous shore-based test landings of the F-35C of the next-generation Joint Strike Fighter in anticipation of its first at-sea landing on an aircraft carrier later this year, service officials said. 

 

Veterans:

Acting VA secretary vows protection for whistleblowers -

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson promised VA employees that whistleblowers will not face harassment or punishment for reporting misbehavior in the department. 

 

Space:

Venus Express gets ready for the plunge -

The longest-serving Venus spacecraft is beginning a plunge into the atmosphere of the solar system’s hottest planet on June 18, after a hugely successful eight-year mission.




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Headlines August 1, 2014

News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds - An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships - Four of the top...
 
 

News Briefs August 1, 2014

China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount...
 
 
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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test ...
 

 

NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract...
 
 
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Boeing, All Nippon Airways finalize order for 40 wide-body airplanes

  Boeing and All Nippon Airways July 31 finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet ren...
 
 

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production, receives $52 million award

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production. U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib’s low rate initial production phase. †Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. “The full rate production decision is the culmination ...
 




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