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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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