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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 September 19, 2014

News: McKeon on broader military authorization: Anything can ‘fail or pass’ - Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said if Congress returns after the midterm elections to weigh a broader military authorization for the battle against Islamic State, it might not pass. Defense contractor gets 7 years for giving secrets...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,203 As of Sept. 16, 2014, at least 2,203 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,823 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 

Pratt & Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete qualification for F135 engine testing

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. , together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone qualification for F135 engine testing at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. OC-ALC which in addition to engine testing is also qualified to perform...
 

 
Navy photograph

Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE,...
 
 
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...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air ...
 




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