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August 8, 2014

Headlines August 8, 2014

News:

F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound laser guided bombs on ISIL -

U.S. fighter jets have begun pounding artillery held by the al Qaeda-inspired militants in northern Iraq with laser guided bombs, a senior Defense official said Aug. 8.

Obama signs VA bill top open outside care to veterans -

President Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the nation’s veterans’ healthcare system Aug. 7, officially shouldering the burden of fixing the troubled department after months of sparring with Congress and complaints that his administration was too slow to act.

 

Business:

In a marketing coup, Scorpion joins Guard exercise -

The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn’t yet have a buyer, but that hasn’t stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week.

India offers to buy more U.S. helicopters, hopes to drive down costs -

India has offered to significantly increase an order for U.S. attack helicopters, Indian officials said, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began a visit to New Delhi Aug. 7 aimed at boosting defence and strategic ties.

SpaceX might win in court, but can it beat the Pentagon’s procurement culture? -

While SpaceX continues to fight a legal battle to gain access to the military rocket launch market, it remains in doubt whether the company’s commercial business model can coexist with the Pentagon’s highly regulated procurement system.

U.S. Navy’s troubled 11th Virginia-class submarine sails on second voyage after passing ‘alpha’ sea trials -

The U.S. Navy’s first Virginia-class attack submarine to be built with a redesigned bow has departed on its second ocean voyage for an extended set of sea trials, shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat told IHS Jane’s Aug. 6.

Northrop Grumman gets $90 million Air Force BACN contract -

Northrop Grumman has received an $89.7 million U.S. Air Force contract option for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system.

Kamov to create Ka-175 rotary UAV -

Kamov have revealed details of their new Ka-175 vertical takeoff and landing reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial vehicle, which could make its maiden flight within a year.

Brazil seeking business in southern Africa -

During late July and early August Brazil received two high-ranking delegations from southern African states as the country is seeking to increase its defense contacts in Africa.

 

Defense:

Golden Hammer: Congress loads military budget with $20 million in pet projects -

Congress may have sworn off earmarks, but lawmakers still managed to tuck into latest versions of the defense spending bill dozens of pet projects that have only tenuous connections to national security.

Dem lauds National Guard ending sponsorship of NASCAR -

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., claimed victory Aug. 7 after the National Guard announced it would be pulling out of its sponsorship of NASCAR.

Senate blocks F-22 cut, little else for U.S. Air Force reprograming -

The relationship between the U.S. Air Force and Congress has been strained for several years, but budget documents show the four major defense committees are at least willing to consider most of the service’s funding priorities.




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