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August 15, 2014

Headlines August 15, 2014

News:

Defense panels hold up $7 million funding shift for Hellfire missiles – for now -

Two U.S. Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America’s munition of choice against al Qaeda.

 

Business:

Boeing wins $296 million initial deal for 12 more P-8 spy planes -

Boeing has won an initial contract worth $296 million to buy parts needed for production of 12 more P-8A spy planes, including eight for the U.S. Navy and four for the government of Australia, the Pentagon announced Aug. 14.

Army buys troposcatter equipment -

TeleCommunication Systems Inc. has won a U.S. Army contract for Tactical Transportable Troposcatter systems.

Army: DCGS competition planned for 2016 -

The U.S. Army plans to hold a competition in fiscal 2016 to develop the next phase of its controversial battlefield intelligence system.

‘Data, algorithms and tradecraft': Keeping a little humanity in big data -

“Big data” is big business nowadays. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin, for example, boasts their analytical tools have successfully predicted everything from Arab Spring uprisings to the onset of sepsis in hospital patients.

Mexico orders next batch of T-6C+ Texan IIs -

The Mexican Air Force has issued a follow-up contract for a fourth batch of Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II armed trainers, according to a Mexican Ministry of the Treasury document published Aug. 8.

Russia to fully pay for Mistral contract after 2nd ship delivery -

Russia will pay France in full under the contract for the construction of Mistral-class helicopter carriers only after the delivery of the second ship, the head of the Russian state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport said Aug. 12.

Excalibur, Rafael develop modernized BMP-2 to meet Czech requirement -

Czech defense manufacturer Excalibur Army has developed a modernized infantry fighting vehicle, together with Israel’s Rafael, based on the Russian-designed BMP-2.

Russia brainstorms strategy to replace banned Western defense imports -

Russia will launch a comprehensive import substitution program in October focused on replacing Western components used in its defense industry, access to which was cut off last month by expanded U.S. and European sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, a senior defense industry official said Aug. 14.

 

Defense:

Asia pivot on track, Pentagon says -

The Defense Department’s spokesman Aug. 14 said military leaders remain committed to carrying out President Obama’s pivot to Asia, despite ongoing unrest in other parts of the world.

New rotation arrives for exercises in Poland -

Approximately 75 airmen and two C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, arrived Aug. 14 at Powidz Air Base, Poland, for exercises with Poland and neighboring Baltic States.

Further restrictions lifted for F-35 test fleet; Army awarded contract -

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease.

 

Veterans:

Vets awaiting primary care at VA can now seek private physician -

Veterans waiting for a primary care appointment at a VA medical facility may now be able to get one at a private physician under a program that allows veterans to seek medical treatment outside the Veterans Affairs Department.

 

Space:

Scientists capture space dust from outside the solar system -

Seven specks of star dust from outside the solar system have been brought back to Earth for the first time. These tiny grains, some of which are a millionth of a millionth of a gram, could help scientists help explain how solar systems form.

NASA probe sees Pluto and its moon Charon like never before -

A NASA spacecraft hurtling toward a 2015 rendezvous with Pluto has captured amazing video of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon.

South Korea’s only astronaut just quit her job -

Yi So-yeon, South Korea’s first and only astronaut, just quit her job. The 36-year-old engineer cited personal reasons in her resignation letter to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, according to media reports in Korea.

Mosaic image reveals Martian glory -

Scientists in Germany have placed together a stunning mosaic image on the Martian surface. The global “atlas” was painstakingly constructed form pictures sent back by a camera instrument on Europe’s Mars Express aircraft, which is in orbit around the Red Planet.

Rosetta: Comet probe gets down to work -

A week after arriving at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Europe’s Rosetta probe is busy acquiring the data needed to select a landing site.

 

Technology:

Air Force pursues human-machine teaming -

The U.S. Air Force wants humans and machines to work together for ISR analysis.




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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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