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August 6, 2014

Headlines August 6, 2014

News:

Victim of Afghanistan insider attack identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene -

The first American general officer to be killed by hostile fire in combat since Sept. 11 has been identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene.

Billionaire Elon Musk chooses south Texas for SpaceX Launchpad -

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to build the world’s first commercial Launchpad near Brownsville in south Texas, Gov. Rick Perry’s office said.

 

Business:

Crunch time for UCLASS: USD Kendall, Rep. Forbes, and the requirements fight -

August is the month of decision for UCLASS, the Navy’s controversial program to build armed drones that fly off aircraft carriers.

SPAWAR picks Serco for C4ISR contract -

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Command has chosen Serco for a contract to provide support and maintenance on Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. The one-year contract is worth $9 million.

2014 marked by array of new cyber threats, Cisco report says -

A mid-year report on the state of cyber security warns of new, insidious ways hackers are gaining access to corporate and private computers.

Russia orders Ka-52K helicopters for Mistral-class LHDs -

Russia has ordered a batch of Kamov Ka-52K ‘Hokum B’ naval attack helicopters for the Russian Navy’s Mistral-class landing helicopter dock vessels.

Spain embargoes arms sales to Israel -

The Spanish government announced an arms embargo on Israel, El Pais quoted government sources as saying. The decision was made the previous week by a committee of the Presidency, Treasury, Economy Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry.

Sweden orders H-60M helicopters for Afghan CSAR/MEDEVAC -

Sweden’s FMV signs a specific support agreement with Finland’s Patria Oyj, for maintenance of their “HKP16? Black Hawks in Linkoping, Sweden. The base period is 2015-2017, but options could extend it to 2020. Cost is SEK 225 million / EUR 24.3 million / $33 million, including options.

Indian MoD lifts blacklisting of Rolls-Royce -

India’s Ministry of Defence decided in late July against blacklisting Rolls-Royce, which has been under federal investigation since late February for employing proscribed agents to secure Indian contracts, official and industry sources have disclosed.

The U.K.’s Watchkeeper ISTAR UAV -

The U.K. government responds to the Commons Defence committee’s RPAS report. There’s no decision yet re: Afghan deployment, but there are some lessons learned per the Committee’s request.

 

Defense:

Kendall wants acquisition reserve account, but doesn’t plan to get it -

The U.S. Defense Department’s top procurement official would like Congress to create a reserve spending account that the Pentagon could tap when a weapons program runs into costly development issues.

Senate, House panels hold up proposed EELV funds -

A Senate committee is holding up a plan to shift $100 million to an Air Force space-launch program, telling the service to devise a plan for a new liquid rocket engine.

Next-generation fighter, directed energy weapons may converge -

Eyeing emerging threats amid a constrained budget environment, and consumed by the Lockheed Martin F-35′s high cost, the U.S. Air Force is already studying what the “sixth-generation” of air dominance capability for the service should be.

Air Force works to extend life of C-130 fleet -

The U.S. Air Force is working to extend the service life of its fleet of C-130 combat delivery aircraft by replacing center wing boxes on some of the planes and adding new avionics, electronics and instrumentation, service officials told Military.com.

 

Veterans:

Veterans group: Making VA reform work is real test -

Passage of a bill reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs is beginning to look like the easy part, veterans groups say, adding that what may be “pretty rough” is meeting looming deadlines to ensure the new law’s key element – a private health care option – is working.

Pro-troop charity misleads donors while lining political consultants’ pockets -

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.

VA secretary calls for town hall meetings -

New Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has ordered town hall meetings at all department health and benefits facilities by the end of September, in an effort to better understand veterans’ complaints about services.

VA reform bill preserves employee bonuses -

Despite public outrage over dysfunctional and dangerously run hospitals, a landmark VA reform bill set to be signed July 31 by President Barack Obama will retain some department perks: Hefty bonuses for executives and other employees.

 

Space:

Rosetta has arrived! -

After 10 years and four billion miles, Rosetta has finally caught up with its comet following a series of spectacular maneuvers.

Could the moon fuel Earth for 10,000 years? -

The lunar dirt brought back by mankind’s first moonwalkers contained an abundance of titanium, platinum and other valuable minerals.

 

Technology:

Forget cloaks, this invisibility bottle bends sound waves to hide objects -

Sound waves may not appear to hold much power, but scientists believe directing them in the right way could allow them to hide objects and even levitate them in the air.




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Headlines September 17, 2014

News: Pentagon open to U.S. ground troops in fight against Islamic State - The Pentagon’s top general opened the door Sept. 16 to the possibility that U.S. combat troops would be needed in Iraq, as he publicly laid out President Obama’s still-developing plans to combat Islamic State insurgents through U.S. air power and relying on an...
 
 

News Briefs September 17, 2014

U.S. to assign 3,000 troops to fight Ebola The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak that has overwhelmed local health care systems and drawn appeals for help from the region and aid organizations. The troops will supply medical and logistical support and boost...
 
 
Navy photograph

Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-...
 

 
University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen

NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Oper...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic

Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic Gen. Phillip Breedlove informs the assembled crowd about the results of the recent NATO Summit and the areas of instability that affect Europe that have regional implications. Seated in...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist&...
 




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