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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 October 22, 2014

News: Northrop challenges 3DELRR contract award - Northrop Grumman has formally issued a protest against the US Air Force’s decision to award its next-generation ground based radar to competitor Raytheon.   Business: Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties - For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate...
 
 

News Briefs October 22, 2014

Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another one during a training exercise. The F-16 crashed Oct. 20 in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, an Elk County...
 
 
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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

Courtesy photograph The current Paladin is severely under-powered and overweight so its speed of cross-country mobility is pretty restricted. The Paladin Integrated Management program is designed to address a number of these we...
 

 

ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare

The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace. “Whether we have airmen exploiting full motion video data or serving downrange in the (Central Command) area of responsibility, these individuals make up an enterprise of 30,000...
 
 

Lockheed Martin teams with Roketsan of Turkey on new standoff missile for F-35

Roketsan and Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement Oct. 22 for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II. The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather, precision air-to-surface cruise missile. The SOM-J variant is tailored for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft. The companies will...
 
 

Army Operating Concept expands definition of combined arms

The Army Operating Concept, published Oct. 7, expands the idea of joint combined-arms operations to include intergovernmental and special operations capabilities, said Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr. The new concept includes prevention and shaping operations at the strategic level across domains that include maritime, air, space and cyberspace, he said. It’s a “shift in emphasis,”...
 




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