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June 30, 2014

Headlines June 30, 2014

News:

Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs -

President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues. 

50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle -

When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman.

 

Business:

U.S. armored vehicle battle intensifies -

The U.S. Army is threatening to slash modernization funding for Stryker, Abrams and Bradley vehicles if the service is forced to halt a $10 billion program to replace thousands of M113 infantry carriers. 

Boeing completes MSA systems fit ahead of trials and customer demos -

Boeing has recently completed missions systems and sensor installation of the Bombardier Challenger 604 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft testbed, ahead of ground and flight trials which in turn will lead onto customer demonstrations, a Boeing official disclosed June 27. 

Snowdrifts and skis: U.S. Army updates land-nav trainer -

The U.S. Army has upgraded its land-navigation simulator, which helps teach a variety of outdoor skills, to take advantage of a new version of its underlying battlefield simulation system. 

Lockheed Martin develops hybrid cloud for Air Force -

Lockheed Martin is developing a hybrid cloud that will enable the U.S. Air Force to migrate to a cloud-based system. Lockheed claims that this will offer lower costs, better service and greater agility for 800,000 Air Force users.  

Despite lawsuits, disagreements, SpaceX, Air Force moving forward -

On a muggy day in D.C., Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, stood in front of a gaggle of reporters and openly questioned the organization that could be his biggest customer. 

What motivates defense contractors? Four lessons for government leaders -

Competition was the main theme of the Defense Department’s second annual report on acquisition performance, released earlier this month. Declining budgets may be pushing defense contractors to look for work outside the government, but the Pentagon’s emphasis remains on promoting competition, according to Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.  

Poland orders Tytan soldier system -

The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed two contracts June 27 for the Tytan (Titan) future soldier system worth more than $1.5 billion.  

Poland orders new Rosomak 8×8 variant -

Poland has ordered 34 WRT engineering reconnaissance variants of its Rosomak (Patria AMV) 8×8 armored fighting vehicle.  

Eyes on defense deals, Western powers rush to court India’s Modi -

Western governments are rushing to visit India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defense industry to foreign investment. 

Bangladesh Navy to receive K-8W, Mi-171Sh aircraft -

The Bangladesh Navy will take delivery of nine K-8W training aircraft from China by the end of 2014, Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Sayed Ashraful Islam said June 22.

 

Defense:

See the Air Force secretary’s jaw-dropping reaction to flight with Thunderbirds -

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James became “violently ill” during a ride with the storied Thunderbirds aerial aerobatic team last week. 

Pentagon: We’re not slow-rolling F-16 sale to Iraq -

The Pentagon pushed back Friday on comments made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki that the U.S. is slow-rolling a sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Baghdad. 

 

Veterans:

Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in U.S. -

A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S custody, officials said June 29.

 

Space:

NASA trying again to launch global warming satellite -

Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy – this time on a different rocket. 

Mars ‘flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test -

NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft – and one day even astronauts – safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.




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Headlines December 19, 2014

News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed - It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law - President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government...
 
 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and...
 
 
Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez

Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez The Army plans to launch an aerostat, part of the “Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor,” in late December 2014. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the...
 

 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan

AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn

Short-notice: A new way to exercise

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for an aeromedical evacuation exercise on a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 5, 2014, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The operation was executed in supp...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing...
 




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