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July 28, 2014

Headlines July 28, 2014

News:

U.S. has lost track of weapons given to Afghanistan -

The United States supplied almost three quarter of a million weapons to Afghanistan’s army and police since 2004, but the military cannot track where many of those arms have gone, a new report found.

Bill to improve VA has $17 billion price tag -

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said July 28.

 

Business:

Boeing discloses KC-46 design flaw as companies report mixed earnings -

Boeing said it would eat $272 million in the development of the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker after discovering wiring issues in test aircraft.

SES takes USAFRICOM satellite contract -

SES Government Solutions has been awarded an $8.2 million contract to provide on-orbit satellite transponders for U.S. Africa Command.

Court: U.S. must explain why it rejects foreign deals -

Since its inception in 1975, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has decided whether foreign acquisitions or investments in U.S. companies could raise national security concerns.

Air Force selects 10 for NETCENTS-2 -

The U.S. Air Force has selected 10 companies for a Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services contract.

Interview: Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt and Whitney Military Engines -

Croswell, the man in charge of Pratt’s military engine division, spoke at the start of the Farnborough International Airshow.

Germany promises change as arms sales draw scrutiny -

For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany’s arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria.

Mideast, U.S. lead sharp rise in munitions market -

The global smart weapons market, valued at $3.6 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $5.3 billion by 2018, according to an industry report.

Elbit gains as Gaza conflict seen fueling defense tech -

The conflict between Israel and Hamas is fueling speculation that Elbit Systems Ltd., the nation’s biggest listed developer of military technology, will see more government orders for its defense products.

 

Defense:

Broitman resigns DOD industrial policy post -

The U.S. Defense Department’s industrial policy chief Elana Broitman announced that she will step down next month after only five months on the job.

Senate’s top Republican appropriator doubts 2015 Defense Bill reaches floor -

Can the U.S. Senate put aside a years-long procedural impasse and pass a Pentagon spending bill? The top Republican on the Appropriations Committee has his doubts.

Advisers to DOD: Help private-sector innovators help you -

It’s well past time for the Pentagon to revamp its acquisition processes so the private sector can boost its role in technology development, a key Pentagon advisory panel said July 24.

Money for new amphib falls far short -

Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

 

International:

U.S. says China tested anti-satellite missile -

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions.

Chinese threat, U.S. hesitance drive Taiwan’s munitions push -

Taiwan’s efforts to develop and produce a variety of munitions spring from two fears: fear of China and fear that Washington will fail to live up to its promises to provide arms in the event of a Chinese invasion. The weapons efforts also stimulate the economy of the self-governing island, said a Ministry of National Defense source.

Norway eyes greater precision, global exports -

The ambitious private-state partnership behind Kongsberg Defence System’s Naval Strike Missile and Joint Strike Missile programs is driven by government support for advanced precision strike weapons that can bolster Norway’s defense sector and deliver exports.

Tunisia requests Black Hawks -

Tunisia has requested the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced July 24.

Russian actions drive Poland’s acquisition mood -

Poland, now more focused on strengthening its precision strike and deterrence capacity, is in talks with the U.S. to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its fleet of F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets.

Marking Navy Day, Russia starts work on three submarines -

Russia started building its three newest submarines July 27 in the White Sea port of Severodvinsk, marking the halfway point in the country’s drive to re-establish its place as a modern naval power.

Turkey shops locally for smart munitions -

A host of regional symmetrical and asymmetrical threats, and their unusually swift rise in prominence, are leading the Turkish government to focus on smart munitions.

Mexico selects Grob trainer -

The Mexican Air Force has selected the Grob Aircraft G120TP twin-seat turboprop as its new elementary trainer.

Aiming to cut collateral damage, Canada eyes smarter weapons -

The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service’s war in Libya.

Australia to renew ground-based air defense capability -

Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.




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