NATO would respond militarily to Crimea-style infiltration: general
If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance’s top commander said in an interview published Aug. 17.
ULA leadership move could be precursor to further changes
An unexpected leadership change at the United Launch Alliance may be just the first move for a company facing competition for the first time.
Northrop to upgrade U.S. Army UH-60L cockpits
Northrop Grumman has won a contract to upgrade 700-900 U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk utility helicopters, beating out teams including Elbit Systems, Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins.
Feds join whistleblower case against Sikorsky
U.S. attorneys have intervened in a whistleblower suit against United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft Co. that alleges one of its subsidiaries used a sister company to illegally mark up replacement parts provided through a defense contract to the Navy.
Microsoft licensing agreement pioneers new concep
When the Defense Department wanted to make Microsoft products available to multiple organizations, it settled on a joint enterprise license agreement to do it.
Too early to assess Indo-U.S. defense ties
Although no defense projects were established during U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent visit to India, US-Indo defense ties are developing and announcements on new initiatives are anticipated next month, Ministry of Defence officials and defense analysts said.
Boeing ERRP surveillance aircraft cleared for international sales
Boeing will begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype now that the aircraft has received Supplemental Type Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the company announced on 13 August.
Northrop bomber team relieved over California legislation
The California legislature has passed a last-minute measure to equally offer a tax incentive package to both contracting teams vying for the next-generation U.S. Air Force bomber program, overturning an earlier law that gave a $420 million discount to the Boeing/Lockheed Martin team alone.
Logos takes $9.7 million Army fire-detection contract
Logos been awarded a $9.7 million U.S. Army contract to develop a camera-based hostile fire detection system.
Senior Merkel ally calls for common European arms export rules
One of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s main allies in parliament has called for Europe to adopt common arms export regulations, saying there would be an increasing number of European defense companies in future.
Ukraine factories equip Russian military despite support for rebels
Deep into a conflict that has sundered decades-old ties between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine is still selling military gear over the border to its neighbor, Ukrainian defense industry officials say.
Johnston says AWD program in ‘deep, deep trouble’
Australia’s AUD8.5 billion (USD8.25 billion) Air Warfare Destroyer project, the country’s largest current defense program, is in “deep, deep trouble”, according to Defence Minister David Johnston.
When will Japan’s prototype fighter fly?
When will Japan’s ATD-X indigenous stealth fighter prototype make its first flight? Hard to tell.
TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems
The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has ordered survey teams into the field to verify the location of every service member’s vehicle that is in transit in an effort to restore confidence in the government’s shipping process for privately-owned vehicles.
Software could be a solution for DOD’s saturated networks
The Defense Department’s move to software defined networks will bring with it a set of code-writing guidelines for contractors, acting chief information officer Terry Halvorsen said Aug. 13.
Army moves ahead with Apache plan, inactivates Kiowa unit
The 4th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment was inactivated Aug. 14, making it the first Kiowa unit to be shut down as part of the Army’s aviation restructuring initiative.
General gets three more weeks for Bergdahl report
A general investigating the disappearance of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl missed his deadline, so he’s getting a few more weeks to finish the job.
X-47B drone, manned F-18 take off, land together in historic test
Robots may be the future of war, but for now they’re going to have to share the battlefield with humans and human-operated vehicles.
Congress seeks more information on VA deaths
Still dissatisfied with the Department of Veterans Affairs response to questions about how many veterans suffered death and injury from delays in medical treatment and diagnoses at VA medical facilities around the country, the House Veterans Affairs Committee has widened the scope of its inquiry.
Vets seeking care died in VA limbo
VA calls online access fast track to benefits. Instead, use of touted application may have caused fatal delays. An AJC exclusive investigation.
Time to rein in the Pentagon’s mysterious slush fund
As if monitoring the Pentagon’s enormous budget were not difficult enough, every year Congress also has to deal with a separate war budget. Known in Washington-ese as the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, account, it is submitted separately. It was originally meant to cover the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it has grown into an all-purpose funding mechanism for almost anything the Pentagon wants.