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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 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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