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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 September 2, 2014

News: Debris yields clues that pilot never ejected - When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C “Eagle” fighter jet on the afternoon of Aug. 27, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching – the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.  ...
 
 

News Briefs September 2, 2014

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Aug. 29. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a much lower...
 
 

Unmanned aircraft partnership reaches major milestone

A team of research students and staff from Warsaw University of Technology have successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight test and integration of unmanned aircraft platforms with an autonomous mission control system. The demonstration marks a significant milestone in a partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin that began earlier this year. This is...
 

 

Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

Raytheon delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company’s 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “As today’s threats continue to evolve,...
 
 
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Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

U.S. Army graphic Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and former Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. The White House announced Aug. 26 that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. A...
 
 

Sparks fly as NASA pushes limits of 3-D printing technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector – a highly complex part that...
 




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