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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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